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Alaskans Concern About Japan Radiation Understandable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding the risk of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan reaching Alaska. "It's understandable that Alaskans would be concerned about the threat of radiation from Japan drifting across the Pacific Ocean. The National Nuclear Security Administration has assured me, however, that there's no risk of radioactive material reaching Alaska, Hawaii, the territories, or … Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks in Support of Amendment to Rein in EPA’s Climate Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday in support of an amendment to the pending small business bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing a costly backdoor energy tax on the American people. "I remain as convinced as ever that the EPA's effort to impose backdoor climate regulations is the wrong way, and perhaps the worst way, to address our nation's energy and climate challenges," Murkowski said. "As o… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates John Baker and His Team on Winning the Iditarod in Record Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today congratulated John Baker and his team on winning their first Iditarod Sled Dog Trail Race: "I congratulate John and his team on their amazing victory in this year's Iditarod sled dog race. After ten days of racing the extraordinary 1049 mile span of terrain from Anchorage to Nome, John Baker of Kotzebue has crossed the finish line to victory ahead of his 61 fellow competitors. His team of four-legged athletes gave an amazing per… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reintroduces Volcano Monitoring Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reintroduced the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring Program Act, S. 566. The bill establishes a national volcano monitoring system that includes the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) in Anchorage and Fairbanks. "I introduced volcano monitoring legislation in 2009, as a result of the Mt. Redoubt volcano eruptions. While it brought awareness to the issue, the legislation did not become law, so I am reintroducing the bi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Delivers Weekly Republican Address

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following weekly Republican address. The address is available in both audio and video format: Audio of the address is available here Video of the address will be available here You can download the address here Full transcript of Senator Murkowski's Address: "This is Lisa Murkowski, Senator for Alaska and lead Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Our hearts and prayers are with the pe… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to President’s Comments on Rising Gas Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to the President's comments on rising energy prices: "At a time when oil prices remain close to $100 a barrel, and nationwide gasoline prices are averaging more than $3.50 a gallon, American families and businesses want a plan that will lead to real relief at the pump. Today, the president failed to deliver that plan. "Among the most misleading statistics used by opponents of ne… Continue Reading


Murkowski Addresses the Need for a Long-Term Domestic Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, spoke on the Senate floor on the urgent need to develop a long-term energy policy for America that focuses on increasing domestic production and reducing overall consumption. Murkowski's prepared remarks are attached and the speech can be seen in its entirety at: ###… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan: "I am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan earlier today and my sincere condolences are with the Japanese people during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have died and to those who are still waiting for information on the status of their loved ones." "The peo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Attorney General Holder on Failure to Prosecute Bill Allen and Vows to Continue to Pursue the Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Attorney General Eric Holder on the Department of Justice's failure to prosecute imprisoned former Veco CEO Bill Allen on federal charges of allegedly transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice budget. On August 21, 2010, the Anchorage Daily News reported that "top officials of the U.S. De… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Energy Efficiency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following opening statement during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening this hearing today. We have two very different bills here to discuss. The first one, the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act (INCAAA), has been through several iterations, hearings, and markups over the last two years. This bill contains consensus agreem… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Need for Federal Government to Acquire More Land

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on why the Interior Department (DOI) was asking for a substantial increase in taxpayer funding to buy land now in private hands when it was cutting money, for the second year in a row, for long-overdue land conveyances in Alaska. "In order to fund these large increases for land acquisition DOI has cut other programs," Murkowski said. "The Bureau of Land Management's Alaska conveyance pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes in Favor of H.R. 1 In an Effort to End Budget Stalemate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted in favor of a measure that would fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11), which includes $57 Billion in cuts from last year's budget. "I voted for H.R. 1 because it was an important and necessary step to reach our ultimate goal of passing a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year," Murkowski said. "The package is clearly not the bill I would have written, but I felt it was essential to send a s… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Proposed SPR Sell-Off is Political Shortcut

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding calls to raid the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to attempt to lower rising oil prices: "The SPR is our nation's insurance policy against serious disruptions in oil supply. It is not a political lever to be pulled when rising prices at the gas pump demonstrate our lack of a coherent energy policy. Right now, we do not face a supply crisis, but we could very well in the near future i… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Additions to Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced two new additions to her legislative team in Washington, D.C. Murkowski has added Jeremy Price as her Legislative Assistant for appropriations, transportation and telecom issues, and Kristi Williams as her Legislative Assistant for Alaska Native and Indian Affairs. "As I continue to work for Alaska, I am glad to have the support of dedicated and hard-working staff," Murkowski said. "I look forward to the contributions… Continue Reading


EPA Adds Hardrock Mining Financial Assurances to Growing List of Agency Power Grabs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent letters to Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack regarding actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to impose financial assurance requirements on hardrock mining operations. "The EPA has repeatedly sought to duplicate or supplant the jurisdictional activities of other federal agencies and the states," Murkowski said. "In this case, either the EPA has failed to look at the facts, agencies with existing progr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Concerned about Economic Impacts of Roadless Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment on an Anchorage federal judge's decision to impose the 2001 roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest. "The decision further damages the economy in Southeast," Murkowski said. "The roadless rule was never intended to apply to the Tongass because ANILCA already set logging limits for the forest, as did the Tongass Timber Reform Act. This will make it all the more difficult for the few remaini… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Secretary Salazar over Punitive Fees on Oil Leases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on whether the Department of Interior will fine energy companies for failing to produce oil and natural gas on federal leases if those companies have been blocked from exploration or production by the actions of federal agencies. Exploration projects by ConocoPhillips - the CD-5 field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska - and Shell have been stalled because of federal obstru… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on Issues Important to Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, during a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday, questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding a recent incident involving Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On a return trip to Juneau, Alaska, Rep. Cissna, a breast cancer survivor, passed through TSA's full body image… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Five Ways to Boost America’s Oil Production

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate today focusing on ways to improve America's energy policy, particularly the need for greater domestic oil production. The prepared remarks are attached and the speech can be viewed here. The combination of international events and domestic policy restrictions threaten both America's economic recovery and national security. Unrest and instability abroad have pushed oil prices to their hig… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commends NOAA for Resolution of State Boundary Conflict

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, today commended the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for cooperating with the state of Alaska on resolving a dispute over state water boundaries. NOAA acting under authority of the U.S. Baseline Committee, redefined the baseline and various offshore lines that determine state and federal waters off of Alaska. Some of Alaska's state water cod fisheries were to take place in these areas and would have been seriously disrupted by … Continue Reading

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