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Murkowski Joins Legislation Protecting Medical Marijuana From Federal Interference

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Al Franken (D-MN) to introduce bipartisan legislation requiring that the federal government respect state marijuana laws. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act allows Americans to gain access to the care they need by protecting patients from federal intervention in states with existing medical marijuana laws. "There rema… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Forest Service Should Promote Healthy Forests, Prosperous Economies for Alaskan Communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the U.S. Forest Service's $4.7 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which would be about $880 million less than the previous fiscal year. Murkowski opened the hearing by noting that when making tough funding decisions, Congress must ensure the Forest Service has the resources it needs to meet basic forest health needs before funding other programs. "… Continue Reading


Murkowski Land Transfer Bill Passes Committee

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed S. 825, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to transfer the title to the land and buildings within the Mt. Edgecumbe Sitka campus to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). SEARHC has been managing operations of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital since 1986, but must hold an unencumbered title to the land for much needed upgrades and expansion. "SEARHC is an Alaska Native controlled non-profit tribal organization, admi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Seeks Marijuana Law Clarity for Alaskans

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pressed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the inconsistencies between state marijuana laws and the federal policy. As Alaska is one of the states regulating the broader sale and use of marijuana in the same way as alcohol, Murkowski questioned Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on how the federal government is preempting state policy regarding marijuana use and possible pol… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Young Fishermen’s Development Act

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) yesterday introduced the Young Fishermen's Development Act, legislation to mitigate the challenges facing new entrants into the fishing industry and bolster recruiting by coordinating existing regional training opportunities and implementing a new apprenticeship program. "Fishing employs more Alaskans than any other industry in the state, but high barriers and costs remain for newer gene… Continue Reading


New Alaskan Faces on Capitol Hill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski welcomed her first wave of summer interns - recent high school graduates - to Washington, D.C. For the next four weeks, these interns will be assisting in her office by shadowing Murkowski throughout the day, helping with administrative and clerical tasks, and assisting staff with research projects. She also welcomed three college interns and a legal intern who will be working in the office for the duration of the summer. "I love welcoming such eager faces to my … Continue Reading


Panel Reviews Cost Reductions in Emerging Energy Technologies

In what was easily the most anticipated hearing on Capitol Hill this morning, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, held an oversight hearing to consider cost trends in emerging energy technologies. Committee members heard from a variety of witnesses who detailed cost reductions in everything from oil and natural gas to renewables, energy storage, and alternative fuel vehicles. Murkowski opened by speaking about the importance of continued innovation in the energy sector, which plays a key role i… Continue Reading


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

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