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Murkowski Address to Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, addressed the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in Fairbanks. Following are Sen. Murkowski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "I would like to honor your First Traditional Chief, Don Honea, Sr., of Ruby. This blanket is from the Doyon Foundation and was designed by the late Ron Minook of Nulato. The design is entitled "The Water People." And I join with you in wishing a very happy birthday to the interior's beloved … Continue Reading


Ted Stevens Mountain, Ice Field Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) today commended President Obama for signing into law their legislation naming a mountain and ice field after Ted Stevens. "It is a real tribute to all Alaskans that this bipartisan legislation passed quickly through both chambers and is now being signed into law on Alaska Day," Murkowski said. "Ted Stevens played such a vital role in Alaska's history and this ensures that he will be remembered by… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Administration Awards $5 Million for Yukon Salmon Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration today awarded $5 million, secured by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to help mitigate the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery failure. The $5 million, which was released to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, was part of a supplemental appropriations bill signed into law July 29. Murkowski was able to secure the funding as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Commission will distribute the money and new nets to commercia… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Mountain, Ice Field Named in Honor of Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today unveiled legislation honoring the late Sen. Ted Stevens by naming a mountain and part of an ice field after him. "Sen. Ted Stevens was a true Alaskan and a great champion of the state," Murkowski said. "This is a fitting tribute for a man who was both a mentor and a personal friend to me, and to whom all Alaskans owe so much." The proposed Stevens Peak - commonly known as South Hunter Peak - is located in Denali National Park and Pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Testifies on Proposed Reduction in Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission on the proposed plan by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to eliminate Saturday mail services. The USPS has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery as part of an effort to balance its budget. In reviewing the USPS proposal, the Postal Regulatory Commission held a series of public hearings across the lower 48 this summer to receive customer feedback about this proposed change. In advan… Continue Reading


Murkowski Joins Governor in Calling for Immediate End to De Facto Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today said she fully supports Gov. Sean Parnell's efforts to overturn the federal moratorium blocking development of Alaska's offshore resources. "The Obama administration has repeatedly ignored not only the wishes of Alaska in wanting to develop its offshore resources, but also the law," Murkowski said. "It's time for such federal overreach to end and allow responsible development of our resources to move forward." The Department of Inte… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Support for Hydro Energy Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed a decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide aid for two marine hydrokinetic energy projects in Alaska, part of an effort to increase funding for ocean renewable energy developments nationwide. DOE awarded Whitestone Power and Communications Co. of Delta Junction $142,000 to test an energy conversion device to permit "waterwheels" to survive in areas of high debris, sediment loads and extreme weather, including heav… Continue Reading


Murkowski Says Too Much Risk in Modified Fish; Encourages Public Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to approve genetically modified Atlantic salmon for human consumption. If approved, it would be the first genetically altered animal ever approved for human consumption by the FDA. The FDA will hold hearings later this month on whether to approve the modified Atlantic salmon, which has both the genes of a Chinook salmon and an antifreeze gene from an eel pout. The antifreeze gene allow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Praises Placement of Volcano Monitoring Equipment in Dillingham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today praised the decision to place an acoustical array in Dillingham for use in the monitoring of volcanoes. The array placed in Dillingham will be part of a joint program of the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS), the United States Geologic Service, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. "I am pleased to see more attention going to monitoring … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments at Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Field Hearing on Offshore Development

Thank you Director Bromwich and thank you all for inviting me to provide this formal statement on the future of offshore energy development. While I am encouraged that representatives of the Interior Department are here to listen to Alaskans, I have reason to remain deeply concerned that not enough is being done, or will be done, to put our nation back on a path to economic and energy security. In 2009, I provided comment when Secretary Salazar held a hearing on the OCS 5-year plan here in Anc… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Apparent Decision by Obama Administration Not to Prosecute Bill Allen on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder questioning why the federal government apparently has decided not to prosecute imprisoned former Veco CEO Bill Allen on child sexual abuse charges. Justice Department officials have declined to comment on news reports quoting Anchorage police officials saying that federal authorities decided not to charge Allen in the investigation. Murkowski's letter to Holder is attached. # # #… Continue Reading


Murkowski Address to World Trade Center Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today addressed the World Trade Center Alaska about defending Alaska's resource economy from government overreach. Sen. Murkowski's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are attached. # # #… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Murkowski’s Airborne Day Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate has passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, designating Monday, August 16, 2010, as National Airborne Day. The resolution, S. Res. 599, passed the Senate on July 28, 2010, and was cosponsored by 26 senators, including U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. National Airborne Day commemorates the successful first jump of the Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940, which helped contribute… Continue Reading


Senate Approves Resolution Honoring Ted Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today approved by unanimous consent a resolution crafted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski that honors the life and accomplishments of Sen. Ted Stevens, who was killed Monday in a plane crash near Dillingham. Murkowski received assistance in drafting the resolution from multiple generations of former Stevens staff members. The resolution, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich and the other 98 senators, recognizes Stevens's "significant role" in the transformation of … Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Relocation of Fairbanks Field Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that her Fairbanks field office has moved to a new location within the U.S. Federal Building. Contact information for the new office location follows: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski101 12th Ave, Suite 329Fairbanks, AK 99701-6278(907) 456-0233 - Main Line(907) 451-7146 - Fax Line # # #… Continue Reading


Senate Convenes Thursday to Honor the Late Ted Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the United States Senate will convene tomorrow for a brief session to pass two legislative items, including a resolution honoring the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Stevens died Monday in a plane crash near Dillingham. "It is a fitting tribute that the Senate will convene to recognize the life and accomplishments of Sen. Stevens, an Alaska legend and patriot who served our state and nation with the highest disti… Continue Reading


Murkowski Bill to Benefit National Law Enforcement Museum Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced that the legislation she introduced to extend the deadline by three years for construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., has been signed into law by the President. Passed by Congress in 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum Act granted land for construction of a new National Law Enforcement Museum. The legislation required the museum to be financed with private contributions and that constructi… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski’s Statement on Plane Crash That Claimed the Life of Sen. Ted Stevens

ANCHORAGE, AK - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement after learning of the tragic death of Sen. Ted Stevens and others in a plane crash near Dillingham: "Last night, Alaska lost a hero and I lost a dear friend. The thought of losing Ted Stevens, a man who was known to business and community leaders, Native chiefs and everyday Alaskans as 'Uncle Ted,' is too difficult to fathom. His entire life was dedicated to public service-from his days as a pilot in World Wa… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Airplane Crash Near Dillingham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding the crash of an airplane near Dillingham last night: "While we await further information about this tragic accident, I ask Alaskans to join me in prayer for all those aboard the aircraft and their families." # # #… Continue Reading


Murkowski Resolution Designating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day Passes Senate

Murkowski Resolution Designating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day Passes Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate has passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, designating September 9, 2010, as "National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day." The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Thursday evening. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are the leading cause of cognitive disability in the United States and are 100 percent preventa… Continue Reading

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