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Alaska Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Washington D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski today announced that two high school students -- Haley Nelson of Juneau and Anum Qadir of Anchorage -- have been selected as delegates to the 48th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held March 6-13, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Nelson and Qadir were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the week in Washington. In addition, both will receive a $5,000 underg… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes Against Raising Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding her vote on a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling: "Our nation's credit card is maxed out, and while many Alaskans are tightening their belts and cutting back on excess, politicians in Washington are spending like there's no tomorrow. Last year's deficit was $1.4 trillion - the highest level measured against GDP since World War II. Now we are being forced to raise the debt ceiling for the second t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Passage of Democrats’ Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted against the Democrats' $2.5 trillion health care legislation and issued the following statement: "President Obama promised that health care reform would slow the growth of health care costs, reduce premiums and not raise taxes on the middle class. He also said the debate would be open and above board, even broadcast on C-SPAN, though this bill was written in secret, behind the closed doors of the Majority Leader's office. Those … Continue Reading


Murkowski Says Construction Industry Unfairly Singled Out in Health Care Bill and That Oil and Gas Industry Could be Particularly Affected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, says that the construction industry has been unfairly singled out - and penalized -- in the health care bill that the Senate is expected to pass on Thursday. Murkowski, who plans to oppose the health legislation, said the construction industry provision was tucked deep inside the 2,733-page bill, and apparently had not drawn any scrutiny until she raised it in a floor speech Tuesday evening. Murkowski said she became aware of the provision … Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: National Endowment for the Humanities: $750,000 to the Pratt Museum, of Homer, for capital improvements to expand, preserve, interpret, and share humanities collections. $6,000 to the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., of Haines, for a condition survey of the museum's artifact collection. $5,832 to the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, of Kodi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Unveiling of Final Democrat Health Care Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement today regarding the Majority Leader's unveiling of the final Democrat health care package: "The Majority Leader has finally unveiled his manager's amendment that only a handful of Democrats have seen because it was assembled behind closed doors. The Democrats' $2.5 trillion health care bill will impact one sixth of our nation's economy, yet most senators, much less the American people, have not even seen the m… Continue Reading


Murkowski comment on conclusion of Copenhagen conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding the nonbinding climate deal agreed to by President Obama in Copenhagen. "Much has been made of the Senate majority's failure to prioritize a climate bill ahead of the negotiations in Copenhagen, but the past two weeks have made clear that domestic legislation will not resolve the full range of fundamental, international disagreements," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "Emissions cuts and re… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Senate Passes Defense Appropriations Bill That Includes $27.94 Million for Alaska Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate today passed a $636 billion defense appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 that includes $27.9 million for key Alaska projects, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Included in the bill is $19.58 million for enhancements to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex in Interior Alaska. The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 88 - 10, now goes to President Obama who is expected to sign the measure. "… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Applauds Committee Approval of Three Alaska Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that several Alaska lands bills cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, of which she is the ranking Republican. The Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act ratifies a settlement between the state of Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bering Straits Native Corp., completing land conveyances promised in the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. "Alaska Natives have spent decades fighting fo… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: $385,170 to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services for the Alaska Tuberculosis elimination and laboratory project. U.S. Department of Transportation: The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected the following projects to share in $32 million of funding for publ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Seeks to Halt EPA Endangerment of U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced her intention to file a disapproval resolution to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Murkowski's resolution comes in the wake of the agency's recent endangerment finding, which will result in damaging new regulations that endanger America's economy. "I remain committed to reducing emissions through a policy that will protect our environment and str… Continue Reading


Murkowski Says Democrats' Health Care Bill Doesn't Solve Medicare Access Problem in Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said today that she was contacted by an Anchorage family practice doctor earlier this week who is opting out of treating Medicare patients, citing the Democrats' health care bill under consideration in the Senate. Murkowski, vice chair of the Senate Republican Conference Committee, appeared at a news conference with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and several other senators to talk about the Democrats' $2.5 trillion hea… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Cantwell-Collins Bill to Climate Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding Sens. Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins' Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act: "I am encouraged by Sen. Cantwell's bipartisan effort to advance a more sensible approach to greenhouse gas emission reductions. A great deal of work remains to find consensus on legislation, and ensure that both the economy and the environment are protected, but this bill is intellectually ho… Continue Reading


Murkowski Says that ATG Members Should See Restoration of Full Retirement Benefits by End of the Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Defense today told U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that the 23 surviving members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) whose military pensions were reduced by a Pentagon policy change last January should see their full pension payments resumed by the end of December. The announcement came after Sen. Murkowski prodded the Pentagon to expeditiously implement language in the National Defense Authorization Act which directs the military to count service in t… Continue Reading


Funding for Alaska Projects Included in Omnibus Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A joint Senate and House Appropriations Conference Committee has approved a $446.8 billion catch-all funding bill that contains money for a number of important Alaska projects, including Pacific salmon recovery, Denali Commission health facilities and a number of military construction projects, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a committee member. The committee's action late Tuesday sends the bill back to both chambers for a vote on final passage. In recent yea… Continue Reading


Longtime Alaskan Named Federal Coordinator for Gas Pipeline Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to Larry Persily's nomination to be Federal Coordinator of the Office of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects: "I'm pleased that President Obama has moved quickly to fill this important position," Murkowski said. "I've known Larry for years. He has solid knowledge of oil and gas industry finance and the state's regulatory process. More importantly, from his decades in Alaska he k… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Bill to Study Feasibility of an Arctic Deep Water Port

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation authorizing a study to determine the feasibility of building a deep water port in the Arctic. The Arctic Deep Water Sea Port Act would direct the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, to conduct the study in an effort to protect U.S. strategic interests in the region. The two-year study would seek to determine what strategic capabilities a deep water port could provide a… Continue Reading


Murkowski: MMS Approval of Shell’s Chukchi Exploration Plan a Positive Sign

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service's conditional approval of Shell Oil's plan to drill up to three exploratory wells off the northwest coast of Alaska in the Chukchi Sea. "This is progress," Murkowski said. "Today's announcement from the MMS is an encouraging sign that Alaska's oil and natural gas resources can continue to play a major role in America's energy security." "While this represents a step fo… Continue Reading


Citing ISER Study, Murkowski Says Democrats’ Health Care Bill Would Be Poor Fit for Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a University of Alaska at Anchorage analysis of the Democrats' health care bill in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said today that nearly 28,000 Alaskans would see their health care premiums rise under the Democrats' health care proposal now under debate on the Senate floor. Murkowski asked UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) to review a recent non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Democrats' bill that said p… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: National Park Service: • $75,000 to Kolmakovsky Redoubt Collection, Fairbanks to preserve the original blockhouse and stabilize the archaeological collections of the first Russian fort in the interior of Alaska. As part of the Save America's Treasures grants. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: • $748,487 to the Bristol Bay Are… Continue Reading

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