Press Releases

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10.01.13

Murkowski Comments on Shutdown, Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her thoughts with Alaskans about ongoing Congressional efforts to fund the federal government and minimize the reach and impacts of the health care law: "As bad as I believe this health care law is for our nation, shutting down the government means lost paychecks for gas, rent and grocery money for thousands of Alaskans who work for the federal government and vital services for our veterans, seniors, children and disabled. My opposition to… Continue Reading


09.27.13

“It’s Important to Me to Still Have Their Backs”

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator Lisa Murkowski is releasing her 16th Veteran Spotlight installment today featuring Wasilla resident Tina Trosper. Trosper served in the Army from 2005 to 2010 and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an Aviation Specialist and radio transmit operator. Since serving, Trosper has devoted herself to helping Alaskan soldiers transition back into the civilian workforce - after having dealt with war both on the front and as the spouse of a deployed soldier. Tina Trosper was born… Continue Reading


09.27.13

Murkowski Greatly Encouraged by Meeting with Acting Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski met with Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning about the global short and long-term goals of the United States Air Force, while making sure to zoom in on the proposed transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fanning gave Murkowski several indications during the meeting that there was a growing sentiment within the Air Force that the move is flawed. "I was encouraged to hear the progress an… Continue Reading


09.27.13

Murkowski Opposes Funding for Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted against the Democratic bill that funds the Affordable Care Act and shared her reason for the vote afterwards: "Alaskans are speaking loudly and clearly about what they don't like in this bad health care law: the 2nd highest premiums in the nation for Alaskans, jobs lost, hours cut and the hit our economy will take. While we have an obligation to fund the government and keep it working, we also have an obligation to listen clearly to our consti… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Murkowski: Helium Bill Passage Extends Secure Rural Schools Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today applauded final congressional approval of the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, which she co-authored and made sure included $16 million for Southeast, Alaska, under the Secure Rural Schools program. The bill is now on its way to President Obama for signing. Murkowski negotiated the final deal to close the federal helium reserve with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Rep. Doc Hastings, (R-Wash.), the chairmen of the S… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Senator Murkowski Secures Funding for Legacy Well Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today applauded final congressional approval of the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, which she co-authored and made sure included $50 million for the cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells drilled by the federal government in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The bill is now on its way to President Obama for signing. Murkowski negotiated the final deal to close the federal helium reserve with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Murkowski Co-Sponsors One Year Delay for Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today co-sponsored S. 1488, which would allow all Americans the same one-year delay from the individual mandate that the Obama administration has already given businesses from complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued a report showing that Alaskans will pay the second-highest premiums in the country under the new health insurance exchanges. "The White House has already delayed the employ… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Murkowski Announces State Director Change

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced a change in her Alaska leadership team, with current State Director Miles Baker departing to become the Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and Murkowski veteran Kevin Sweeney returning to run her state operations and outreach efforts. "This is a win-win for Alaska: Miles Baker's experience, intellect and connections will be a boost to the promising work AGDC is doing to brin… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Sen. Murkowski: Roadless Rule Crippling Southeast Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today criticized the U.S. Forest Service for using the roadless rule to block responsible development in Southeast, Alaska. "I am actively working to address the impacts the roadless rule has on economic development opportunities in Southeast," Murkowski said. "That's precisely why I brought Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Alaska last month, so that he could see for himself the challenges Alaskans face." Reinstatement of the roadless r… Continue Reading


09.23.13

Murkowski Seafood Sustainability Fight Gets Federal Flip-Flop

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed news from the General Services Administration (GSA) that they have completed an internal review of their flawed federal fish certification process allowing third party eco-endorsements to dictate what the government considers 'sustainable" seafood - despite federal guidelines prohibiting such an outsized role. Its changes to policy can be read in the GSA's new 'Health and Sustainability Guidelines' posted online hours ago. Murkowski initia… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Sen. Murkowski Comments on EPA Climate Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the release of Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations for new power plants: "I'm very disappointed by this latest rulemaking from the EPA," Murkowski said. "Despite opposition, the administration has charged ahead with command-and-control regulations that will drive up energy costs for all Americans. And today we find that they are even willing to mandate the use of technologies that don't exist on a commerci… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Murkowski: Resolution of Helium Reserve Provides Funding for Alaska Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded Senate passage of the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act to end the federal government's role in the sale of helium, a product essential to everything from medical imaging equipment and semiconductor manufacturing to rocket engines and precision welding. "Passage of this bipartisan legislation provides a commonsense and market-based approach to managing the helium reserve as the federal government's role i… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Sen. Murkowski: Subsistence Must Remain a Viable Lifestyle for Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today hosted a hearing on the impact of the Alaska National Interest Lands Act (ANILCA) and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) on wildlife management and traditional and customary activities in Alaska. "Today's hearing marks the beginning of a new dialog on subsistence; one that recognizes the changes that have occurred over the last 20 years," Murkowski said. "My hope is that we can engage all Alaskans in a civil and productiv… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Murkowski Fights Health Care Bill’s Potential Security Breaches

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined 25 of her Senate colleagues to co-sponsor the Trust But Verify Act, to ensure that personal and private information divulged under the Affordable Care Act - such as Social Security numbers and household incomes - are fully protected from breaches and glitches on data networks before millions of Americans are compelled to disclose personal information on unproven networks. "The NSA, FBI and IRS have demonstrated a startling inability to protec… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Murkowski Introduces Bill to Defend Sustainable Alaska Seafood from Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation to combat the influence of outside certification parties on Alaska's sustainable seafood industry. Her Responsible Seafood Certification and Labeling Act would prohibit any federal agencies from using third party non-governmental certification schemes when considering or labeling any domestic catch as 'sustainable.' Recently, Senator Murkowski was able to encourage the National Park Service to reverse course when its guidelin… Continue Reading


09.17.13

Murkowski, Young Express Concerns Over New EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, wrote to President Obama to express their concerns over new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. The EPA is reportedly scheduled to release the new regulations by Friday. Such rules would disproportionately affect fossil fuel-based electricity plants, which have been and remain the foundation for stable and low-cost power generation in America. "… Continue Reading


09.17.13

Sen. Murkowski Comments on Nominee to Lead FERC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today said she could not support the nomination of Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC). Murkowski, at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Binz' views on the role of FERC are incompatible with the independent agency's mission to ensure Americans have access to affordable, abundant, and reliable energy. (Click to play video) "Based on my meeting last week with Mr. Binz and m… Continue Reading


09.16.13

Murkowski: Obama Administration “Rewriting History,” Shortchanging Native Health Funding Needs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today criticized the Obama Administration's proposal to short-fund the operation costs of tribally run hospitals, despite last year's historic Supreme Court ruling requiring full funding of contract support costs, saying: "I am deeply troubled by the Indian Health Service's continued resistance to the Supreme Court's ruling last Summer that the federal government must pay the full amount of contract support costs to our tribes' tireless and, oftentimes, t… Continue Reading


09.16.13

Sen. Murkowski Comments on Anglo American Decision on Pebble Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding Anglo American's decision to pull out of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which was formed to develop a gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska: "Anglo American's choice to withdraw from development of the Pebble mine was a private business decision driven by a variety of economic factors. The company has stated its reasons and I have no reason to question the decision," Murkowski said. "Mining… Continue Reading


09.11.13

Murkowski: Americans Weren’t Daunted or Divided By 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her observations and reflections with Alaskans on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: (Click image to watch Senator Murkowski's 9/11 statement) "It has now been twelve years since the horrific attacks on 9/11 that took thousands of American lives in New York City, at the Pentagon and in an airplane crash that broke the stillness of a Pennsylvania farmland morning. Though Alaskans were thousands of miles away from those sites, we … Continue Reading

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