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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


Murkowski: Omnibus Bill Yields Benefits for Alaska

Today the Senate passed the omnibus bill to fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2017. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a series of provisions within the bill that provides resources and supports programs with significant impacts in communities throughout Southcentral Alaska. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Murkowski was able to give Alaskans a strong voice in crafting the bill. "With our state in th… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Bill Will Bring Significant Benefits to Alaska

The Senate today is voting on the omnibus appropriations legislation to fund the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was able to include provisions to address a wide range of challenges, needs, and opportunities in Alaska. "This bill provides much-needed stability, protections, and opportunities for communities all… Continue Reading


Murkowski Convenes SRS/PILT Hearing, Cosponsors SRS Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday held an oversight hearing to examine federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. She also cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced today by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to reauthorize the SRS program. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing explored the need for the federal government to… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Commends Executive Order on Offshore Energy Development

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for the signing ceremony of an Executive Order to implement an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. The order lifts leasing withdrawals imposed on Alaska's Arctic, directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a review of the areas available for leasing, and directs a review of certain regulations governi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm R. Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor: "Mr. Acosta is well-qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. He has earned a strong reputation among his former colleagues at the National Labor Relations Board and among labor leaders as experienced, fair, and open-minded-someone who understands the relationship between employers and workers and cares about the lives of average Americans. In my interac… Continue Reading


Murkowski Holds Hearing on CNMI Economic Expansion Act

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today held a legislative hearing to receive testimony on H.R. 339, the Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act. Murkowski kicked off the hearing by highlighting the fact that for the last two years the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW) permit cap has been reached before the end of the fiscal year. The hearing provided Senators with the opportunity to better understand how this legislation will help CNMI's future economic growth beyond 2019. "It's no… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commends Executive Order on National Monuments

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for the signing ceremony of an executive order directing the Department of the Interior to conduct a review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act since 1996. Secretary Zinke will review onshore and marine monument designations over 100,000 acres in size, and provide recommendations to the president for changes to the scope and size of those m… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on President Trump’s Education Executive Order

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Executive Order Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education. "I was pleased to see that President Trump directed Education Secretary DeVos to review all regulations, guidance and documents issued by the Department to ensure they comply with the federal prohibitions against federal control of our schools. The Every Student Succeeds Act returned state and local control of our schoo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was confirmed to be the Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87-11. "I congratulate Gov. Perdue on his successful confirmation to be our nation's next Secretary of Agriculture," Murkowski said. "We had a very good conversation about the many ways in which the USDA impacts Alaska, and he expressed a real willingness to work with us to improve our food security, rural economic develo… Continue Reading


AK Delegation Celebrates Quintillion Ribbon-Cutting in Deadhorse

Alaska Congressional Delegation attended the ribbon-cutting yesterday for the launch of Phase 1 of the Quintillion fiber system in Deadhorse, Alaska, slated to be the first intercontinental cable system. "Being connected is everything in the new economy, and it's inspiring to see how Alaskan companies have invested in the future of our state," said Senator Lisa Murkowski. "By delivering high-speed internet, companies like Quintillion are not just increasing access; they are providing the means … Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Reintroduces Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act

The Alaska Congressional Delegation is continuing its efforts to provide equitable treatment to Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans by reintroducing the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The legislation would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam era, and missed an earlier opportunity because of that service, to apply for their government-promised Native allotment. "This has always been an issue of equi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reintroduces Bill to Honor Recent Veterans of Second Division

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reintroduced S. 907, the Second Division Memorial Modification Act, to authorize the modification of the existing Second Division Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bill would allow the Second Indianhead Division Association Scholarship and Memorials Foundation (Foundation) to add commemorative elements or engravings to the existing memorial to honor the members of the Second Division who have given their lives in service to the United States but have yet to be… Continue Reading


Murkowski and Sullivan Introduce Bill to Restart Alaska OCS Development

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, yesterday introduced the Offshore Production and Energizing National Security Alaska Act of 2017 (OPENS Alaska Act) to repeal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) withdrawals made at the end of the Obama administration, provide for lease sales in the Arctic OCS, and ensure Alaska receives a fair share of the revenues from oil and gas development off its coast. "After years of regulatory restrictions and burdens imposed by the Obama administrat… Continue Reading

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