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Murkowski Applauds New Secretarial Order on Sage Grouse

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed her support for the secretarial order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve sage grouse conservation and strengthen consultation between the federal government and western states. Secretarial Order 3353 establishes an internal review team to evaluate and make recommendations on the land use plans finalized in 2015 that address conservation of the sage grouse and its habitat. The review will also consider local economic growth and … Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Forest Service Chief on Budget Priorities, Wildfire Suppression Efforts

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Forest Service's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. During the hearing, Murkowski questioned Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on many of the Alaska-related priorities contained within his agency's budget - including forest management and recreation permitting on the Tongass, land exchanges in Southeast Alaska, and wildfire suppression funding. Murkow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Additions to Washington, D.C. Staff

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that Morgan Griffin, Madeline Lefton, and Krystal Edens have joined her staff in her Washington, D.C. office. "I am excited to welcome Morgan, Madeline, and Krystal to my team, and I look forward to working with them on a daily basis. They all have a strong background, an Alaskan perspective, and are ready to fight for our state's priorities. Each brings a different skill-set to the table, with a willingness to work hard as committed advocates for Al… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Nominees for Interior, Energy, and FERC

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to advance four nominees to the Senate floor: David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). "Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perry need their deputies in place to help them set strategic direction and run their departments on a day-to-day basis. At mor… Continue Reading


Delegation Commends Secretary Zinke’s Alaska Order

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today expressed their strong support for a new Secretarial Order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association's annual conference. The order will help evaluate the vast resources within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while also restoring access and ultimately increasing production needed t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Leads Arctic Energy/Security CODEL

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, this weekend along with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The delegation traveled to Norway, Greenland, and the North Slope of Alaska, with an itinerary full of meetings and site visits focused on Arctic energy and security. "The best way to learn about the Arctic, to truly understand it and grasp its importance, is to… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski’s Memorial Day Message

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following message in observance of Memorial Day. "For so many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. In Alaska, it means sunlight nearly all day, time to enjoy the great outdoors with our friends and family. But let's all keep in mind what this day is really about. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who so valiantly defended our freedoms and the land that we love and to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Support for Three Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing for President Trump's nominees for key positions at two federal agencies: Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). "I am pleased to have these nominees before our committee this morning," Murkowski said. "This hearing is an important step in our efforts to restore a quorum at FERC, and to ensure tha… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget Request

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today responded to President Trump's full budget request for Fiscal Year 2018: "This budget request clarifies the blueprint President Trump released in March. Now that he has detailed his priorities, the appropriations committees in Congress will begin the process of setting actual funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018. "A President's budget is more of a vision than anything else. I agree with the President's emphasis in this budget on economic growth, a strong… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Bernhardt is Well-Qualified, Deserves Swift Confirmation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired the nomination hearing for President Trump's choice for Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), David Bernhardt. In her opening statement, Murkowski expressed her support of Mr. Bernhardt's nomination to be Deputy Secretary and recognized his substantive knowledge of the challenges Alaska and western states face with regard to the federal management of lands and waters. "I believe Mr. Bernhardt is an excellent choice for Deput… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Special Counsel Appointment

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Russia investigation. "I am pleased to see that the Deputy Attorney General has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller, an individual of uncompromising integrity, as Special Counsel to lead the Russia investigation. This is a positive step towards restoring the public's trust. This action does not lessen my support for the … Continue Reading


Murkowski Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers During National Police Week

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor to pay tribute to the officers who died in the line of duty during 2016, including Sergeant Allen David Brandt of the Fairbanks Police Department. "Law enforcement remains very dangerous work, and for all the satisfaction that comes from serving people in their darkest moments, there are no guarantees the officer will return home. I hope that during this National Police Week and throughout the year, we will reflect on Allen Brandt's f… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Promotions and Additions to Energy Committee Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced several recent promotions and additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. The promotions are Severin Wiggenhorn to Senior Counsel, Brianne Miller to Senior Professional Staff and Energy Policy Advisor, Annie Hoefler to Professional Staff Member, Melissa Enriquez to Executive Assistant, and Jason Huffnagle to Digital Content Manager. The new hires are Lane Dickson and Dr. Ben Reinke as Professional Staff Members, Barb… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Announcement of Two FERC Nominations

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Trump sent two nominations for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to the Senate: Neil Chatterjee, a senior energy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Robert Powelson, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. "I welcome the president's announcement of two well-qualified nominees… Continue Reading


Murkowski Expresses Disappointment After Methane Resolution Fails to Advance

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after H.J. Res 36, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution to overturn the Obama administration's "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation" methane regulation narrowly failed to advance to full debate in the Senate. "I am disappointed that we were unable to reach agreement to overturn this regulation," Murkowski said. "BLM's rule is not necessary, not part of its core … Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan to Attend Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan released the following statement in advance of traveling to Fairbanks to attend the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, attended by foreign ministers of the eight Arctic nations, to celebrate the success of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and transfer the chairmanship to Finland. "The week will be an opportunity to speak with leaders from within Alaska and from around the globe about the importance of the Arctic. I look forward to d… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Scott Gottlieb as the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Scott Gottlieb as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration: "Congratulations to Dr. Scott Gottlieb on his successful confirmation to be our nation's next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb's nomination has received broad support from over 46 organizations and three former FDA Commissioners. His extensive background with CMS, the FDA, and the private sector gives him th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Firing of FBI Director James Comey

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after President Trump announced he fired FBI Director James Comey: "Whether or not you are a supporter of Mr. James Comey's actions as FBI Director, the timing of his firing - in the middle of an investigation into Russia's interference in our election - is serious cause for concern. The President cited that one of his reasons for firing Comey as FBI Director was that he had lost the public's trust and was unable to carry out t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Heather Wilson for Air Force Secretary

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force: "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Air Force. Among the first female graduates of the Air Force Academy, she enjoyed a stellar career as an Air Force officer. I came to know Secretary Wilson as a member of the US House of Representatives, representing New Mexico when we worked on energy policy issues tog… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Threat Posed By EMP Attack a Matter of National Defense

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today convened a hearing of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and policy options to protect energy infrastructure. During her opening statement, Murkowski spoke to the importance of the issue, indicating it to be even more salient today for several reasons, including the continued proliferation of nuclear technology and society's increasing reliance on electronics. "The United States has … Continue Reading

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