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Bipartisan Group of Senators Oppose Cuts in Missile Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), along with Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today sent the following letter to President Obama calling for full funding of U.S. missile defense programs: The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: We write to urge you not to allow deep cuts in U.S. missile defense programs that are critica… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on North Korea Missile Launch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding the launch of a missile by North Korea: "I am very disappointed by North Korea's recent launch of a long-range rocket. This aggressive move, coupled with their recent actions and statements, place the progress of the Six Party Talks in jeopardy and risks destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the security implications of North Korea's move, it is tragic that in a country wher… Continue Reading


Murkowski Bill Would Assist Construction of an Alaska In-State Gas Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation designed to help development of an in-state natural gas pipeline in Alaska. The Denali National Park and Preserve Natural Gas Pipeline Act would give the Park Service authority to, subject to NEPA review, authorize a right-of-way for construction of an in-state natural gas pipeline along the Parks Highway for the roughly 7 miles the highway passes through Denali National Park. The legislation would remove a p… Continue Reading


Murkowski Proposes Southeast Initiative to Aid Regional Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced two bills designed to stimulate the economy in Southeast Alaska, a region of the state that has been hard hit by the downturn in timber-related jobs. The two bills are: The Southeast Alaska Timber Industry Retooling and Restructuring Act to help firms retool to maintain jobs in the region. The Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act to set up urban corporation… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Dismissal of Charges Against Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding the Justice Department's decision today to drop all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens: "I was pleased with the news that the Justice Department will drop all charges against Senator Ted Stevens, but I am deeply disturbed that the government can ruin a man's career and then say 'never mind.' There is nothing that will ever compensate for the loss of his reputation or leadership to the Stat… Continue Reading


HHS Secretary-Nominee Sebelius Commits to Working with Murkowski on Medicare Physician Access in Alaska

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President Signs Omnibus Lands Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today attended the White House ceremony of President Obama's signing of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (H.R. 146). "This legislation preserves important public lands for future generations without unnecessarily blocking our ability to tap our natural resources," Murkowski said. "It's a good example of how we in Congress can find success through hard work and bipartisanship." The package, which Murkowski championed … Continue Reading


Murkowski to Introduce Bill Creating a National Volcano Monitoring System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pointing to Mount Redoubt's recent eruptions, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said today that she will be introducing legislation later this week to establish a national volcano monitoring system that includes the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) in Anchorage and Fairbanks. "Recently there were some comments made about federal spending for volcano monitoring being wasteful," Murkowski said in a Senate floor speech. "I can assure you that monitoring volcanoes is critica… Continue Reading


Murkowski announces stimulus funding for health center services expansion in Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced today that Alaska will receive $3.6 million in stimulus law funding to expand services at 26 community health centers across the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $338 million would be available nationwide for community health center service expansion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus law. The department said that grantees submitted plans explaining how the gr… 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: U.S. Department of Defense - Department of the Army $10,700,983 contract awarded to Doyon-American Mechanical of Fairbanks for the construction of a Stryker Wash Facility. The work will be performed at Fort Wainright. $38,588,284 contract awarded to Watterson/Davis JV of Anchorage for the design and construction of the U.S. Air Force … Continue Reading


Murkowski Asks Obama Administration for Updates on Allocation of Stimulus Money for Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, wants the Obama administration to provide her with regular updates on how stimulus funds will be awarded and allocated for Alaska and specifically what projects and programs will benefit. In a letter sent today to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Murkowski said she agrees with President Obama that the economic stimulus law must be "targeted, timely and temporary." But Alaska's senior senator said she… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Asks For Meeting With Obama To Discuss Arctic Management

WASHINGTON, DC - The Alaska Congressional Delegation today asked for a meeting with President Obama to discuss Alaska's management of the Arctic. In a letter (attached) to Obama, the delegation urged the President not to take any "rash actions" regarding Arctic policy, saying that such a move could harm the nation's economic recovery as well as efforts to increase the nation's energy independence. "The Alaska delegation has taken the lead in protecting the Arctic and promoting conservati… Continue Reading


Murkowski Marks 20th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill: "Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It is a day that Alaskans will never forget. We know of the damage to the ecosystem as a result of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. But the spill also impacted thousands of Alaskans who live in coastal areas affected by the spill. Twenty years later, subsist… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Federal Grant Symposium to be held in Anchorage April 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional delegation will host a grants symposium in Anchorage on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dena'ina Center. This symposium will offer Alaskans the opportunity to meet with representatives from federal agencies to discuss potential grant opportunities along with specific eligibility and application requirements. As federal grants are distributed through a competitive process from each agency - all with individual guidelines … Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces More Defense Stimulus Spending for Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced Saturday that the Department of Defense plans to spend at least $197.4 million in stimulus funds on projects in Alaska. Murkowski announced Friday that Alaska will receive $71.4 million in new military construction funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the economic stimulus law. But a Murkowski staff analysis today of 3,000 facility repair and improvement projects designated for stimulu… Continue Reading


Interior Alaska Will Benefit from Stimulus Military Construction

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), announced that the U.S. Air Force will spend $53.9 million in military construction funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the "economic stimulus" bill, to replace 76 family housing units on Eielson Air Force Base. Contracts are slated to be awarded in September 2009 with construction commencing in 2010. The work is expected to be completed by 2012. Fort Wainwright will see $3.45 million in stimul… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Lance Mackey and his Team on Winning Iditarod

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today congratulated Lance Mackey for winning the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race for the third consecutive year. Senator Murkowski attended the ceremonial start of the 2009 Iditarod in Anchorage on March 7 and visited with Lance before he began what has now become his third victorious race. "I extend my hearty congratulations to now three-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey. Led by his team, Lance has gone through some of the most difficult t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Greater Support of Nuclear Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on the Obama Administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost domestic power generation by supporting nuclear energy projects. In a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to review licensing and other issues related to nuclear reactor development, Murkowski pointed out that nuclear energy is currently the primary source of carbon-free power in the U.S., providing roughly 75 percent of the nat… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges OCS, Public Lands Energy Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reiterated her support for increased development of energy of all types on public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf. At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Murkowski urged Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to help increase America's energy security by lifting restrictions on oil and gas development in the OCS, and boosting renewable energy development on public lands. "There's no reason to let our rich ener… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Salazar's ANWR Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following response to comments by Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about the feasibility of using directional drilling to access the oil and natural gas reserves beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Salazar told reporters that he's not convinced that directional drilling could be accomplished without impairing the ecological values of ANWR. Murkowski said she was disappointed to hear Sal… Continue Reading

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