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Murkowski Applauds Energy Efficiency Leadership of Rural Communities in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded 64 rural communities for being recognized as "Community Efficiency Champions" by the Department of Energy's Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition (RACEE Competition). "This is great news and further confirms that Alaska is leading the way for the rest of the world when it comes to energy innovation," Murkowski said. "We have some of the highest energy prices in the country which is why it's so important to promote energy inno… Continue Reading


Murkowski Highlights Energy Innovation in Rural Alaska

Bethel, AK - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, held a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Bethel to examine the advancements that rural Alaska is making in energy innovation. Murkowski was joined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and five of her Senate colleagues to hear how Alaska is a leader for the nation in energy innovation. Energy Secretary Moniz and Sens. Murkowski, Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Cantwell, D-Wash., listen to witness testimony at Monday's he… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Bill to Provide Relief to Aviators

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced S.2530, the Small Aircraft Tax Modification Act of 2016, a bill providing relief from regulatory burdens for small charter flight operators. The bill fixes current IRS policy regarding passenger excise taxes on charter flight operations, providing tax relief for Alaska's aviation industry. "This bill provides a much-needed fix for small air carriers in Alaska by removing an onerous tax burden that's been put upon them," said Senator Murkowski. "Simplifying… Continue Reading


Alaska Senators Work to Put American Seafood in School Lunches

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski introduced S. 2529, legislation that would strengthen the Buy American provisions within the National School Lunch program to require that fish and fish products served through the program have to be caught in U.S. waters, or in the case of tuna, caught by a U.S. flagged vessel. "This is a commonsense bill that not only helps our fishermen, but also ensures that our children nationwide are getting the freshest and most nutritious fish products avail… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Permanently Ban Internet Taxes

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted for H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, a bill that makes improvements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection activities and policies to help enforce our trade laws, remove barriers to trade, and help small businesses thrive. The bill also contains language from legislation she co-sponsored that would permanently ban the implementation of new taxes on internet access. The bill passed in a vote of 75-20. "Alaskans already face high… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Impose Tougher Sanctions on North Korea

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, a bill to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate with a vote of 96-0. Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor prior to the final vote, saying: "Alaskans take great interest in this legislation, and it's not simply an intellectual interest. Our geography requires it. "North Korea is committed to advancing its nuclear capabilities, and it… Continue Reading


Murkowski Lifts Hold on FDA Commissioner Nominee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that she is lifting her hold on the confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf, the nominee to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Murkowski announced she intended to block his nomination in November of 2015 after the FDA's approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human consumption. "I placed my hold on Dr. Califf's nomination until my concerns regarding labeling guidelines for GE salmon had been resolved. Since then, I … Continue Reading


Murkowski Receives F-35 Update from Air Force

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questioned Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III on the status of the F-35s arriving in Alaska. Murkowski began her line of questioning in a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY17 budget request and funding justification for the U.S. Air Force by asking Secretary Deborah James: "We know that there are some naysayers out there that believe that the plane will not be capable of meet… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Supreme Court’s Decision to Block Costly, Overreaching Regulation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay to block the Obama administration's rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took an unusual step in a series of related cases - including one brought by 29 states and state agencies - by blocking the Obama administration's most controversial climate regulation. "This major rule would increase costs for consumers, put … Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to President Obama’s Budget Request

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) responded to President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017, which serves as a suggestion for Congress' appropriations process: "This summer we saw Alaska be used as the backdrop for President Obama's climate change agenda. And that's still the case today, quite literally-the cover of the President's $4 trillion budget request shows a picture of Denali. While the President's budget may be massive like Denali, that's not necessarily a good thing. "The… Continue Reading


Bill to Spur Point Spencer Development Signed Into Law

Today U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which contains a provision to convey approximately 2,500 acres of federal land at Point Spencer, Alaska to local, state, and federal stakeholders: "This is a great step towards future investment in Alaska's Arctic, giving Alaskans the ability to speed up the timetable for economic investment in the Arctic region. The bill empowers Alaskans to be a mor… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on President Obama’s Latest Proposed Tax Hike

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on President Obama's proposal to put a new $10 per barrel tax on oil. The tax will reportedly be part of the President's budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. "After years of imposing new restrictions on access in federal areas in Alaska and throughout the country, the President is now apparently proposing yet another way to damage our nation's oil production," Murkowski said. "This is disappointing, but not surp… Continue Reading


Rabbi Yosef Greenberg of Alaska to Open Senate with Prayer

Rabbi Yosef Greenberg of the Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska in Anchorage has been designated as Guest Chaplain of the United States Senate for Wednesday, February 3rd. Rabbi Greenberg will deliver the daily prayer at the opening of Wednesday's session of the U.S. Senate. Rabbi Greenberg was nominated for this honor by Senator Lisa Murkowski, and is the first Rabbi from Alaska to serve as Guest Chaplain for the U.S. Senate. The prayer will be televised live on C-SPAN2 (GCI Cable: Channel 17) … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Promotes Use of Hydropower as Senate Considers Bipartisan Energy Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke in support of hydropower as the Senate resumed consideration of her broad, bipartisan energy bill. Murkowski highlighted the bill's provisions and amendments offered by her Senate colleagues to advance the use of hydropower - a clean, renewable baseload energy resource - in her home state of Alaska and across the country. "Hydropower harnesses the force of flowing water to generate electricity, and has many virtues as an energy resource. It is n… Continue Reading


Murkowski Touts Benefits For Alaska in Bipartisan Energy Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs, especially in rural areas. Click picture to view video "The broad, bipartisan energy bill we are considering will help Alaskans produce more energy and more minerals. It w… Continue Reading


Murkowski Praises Import Ban of “Frankenfish”

Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an import alert on genetically engineered (GE) salmon, meaning the FDA will not allow the introduction or delivery of any food that contains GE salmon into interstate commerce. This comes as a direct result of Senator Murkowski's successful efforts to secure a provision in the omnibus bill passed last month that blocks the FDA from introducing GE salmon into the market until it publishes labeling guidelines. "This is a huge step in our figh… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Leads Senate Consideration of Broad, Bipartisan Energy Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commenced debate on the Senate floor of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. During her remarks, Murkowski highlighted the benefits of this broad, bipartisan energy bill and the bipartisan process surrounding the bill. Click picture to view video Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery. "Mr. President, I have come to the Floor to begin the Sena… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski to Hold Field Hearing in Bethel on Alaska’s Leadership, Opportunities in Energy Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will host a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing on Monday, February 15, 2016 in Bethel, Alaska. The hearing will examine opportunities for energy innovation and technology deployment in high-cost areas in Alaska and around the country. Murkowski will use this hearing to highlight the innovative work being done in remote communities in Alaska - and to examine challenges that remain to ensure that rural Alaskans have access to affordable … Continue Reading


Murkowski Praises News Fairbanks Will Host Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, celebrated today's news that Fairbanks will be the host of the 2017 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, saying: "I am thrilled that Admiral Papp has announced Fairbanks as the host city for this prestigious event, where leaders from across the globe will come together to discuss Arctic issues. I have long advocated that Alaska not only host the Arctic Ministerial Meeting, but that it be held as close to the U.S. Arctic region as possible," said Murkowski. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Interior’s Proposed Methane Gas Venting Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement on the Department of the Interior's proposed rule on methane and gas flaring from energy production on public and American Indian lands. "The flaring and venting of natural gas is a serious challenge that requires serious solutions, and we can start by reforming the permitting process for natural gas pipelines and gathering lines that are critical to moving this important resource to market. In my home state of Alaska, o… Continue Reading

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