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Committee Approves Nominees for Energy, Interior Secretary

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to approve President Trump's nominees to be Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), and Secretary of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Rep. Zinke was reported favorably by a vote of 16 - 6, and Gov. Perry was reported favorably by a vote of 16 - 7. Chairman Murkowski supported both nominations, which now head to the Senate floor for confirmation. "I look forward to partnering with Congressman Z… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Education Secretary Nominee

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to refer Mrs. DeVos' nomination for the consideration of the full Senate. "I voted to move Betsy DeVos out of the HELP Committee because I have long held the belief that a President has the right to name their Cabinet and that the full Senate should have the opportunity to vote on those nominees. I also said that when it comes to the vote o… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski, Rep. Cheney Introduce Disapproval Resolutions for BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., today introduced disapproval resolutions in their respective chambers to overturn the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Resource Management Planning rule, which is commonly called "Planning 2.0", under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "The Obama administration's Planning 2.0 rule makes sweeping changes to how BLM develops resource management plans, shifts decision-making authority away from the impacted states… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Four Alaska Energy, Lands Bills

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, this week introduced four Alaska-focused bills. The bills would expand the use of clean, renewable hydropower to generate affordable electricity for Alaska communities, reroute a portion of a proposed gasline in Denali National Park and Preserve, and rename an existing wilderness area in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. "My top priority as chairman of the Energy Committee is to deliver for Alaska," Murkowski said. "These bills will boo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Again Named Chairman of Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was named Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. She has served as Chairman since 2015. "The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is critical to Alaska as it controls funding levels for federal agencies and departments that have a large presence in our state which affect the lives of Alaskans," said Senator Murkowski. "As Chairman, I have the ability to directly influence how these agencies operate, whether that's blocking … Continue Reading


Murkowski Releases Statement on President Trump’s National Security Team

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the nominees for Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director were confirmed by the Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support: "The Senate is back to work, confirming three members of the new administration's national security team - Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly, and CIA Director Pompeo - with more to come. It is a critical r… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm General James Mattis as Defense Secretary

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting in favor of Retired General James N. Mattis as Secretary of Defense: "Every indication suggests that General Mattis will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. His leadership style is revered among our troops and veterans, and he is very knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing our national security. He appreciates the strategic importance of the Arctic and the need to improve our ability to pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary Nominee on Alaska Issues

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired the nomination hearing for President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Department of the Interior (Interior), Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Over the course of the hearing, Murkowski highlighted many energy, resource, and lands issues important to Alaska and the nation, stressing the importance of a cooperative approach between Congress and Interior. In her opening statement, Murkowski raised a series of decisions that the Obama administration'… Continue Reading


Senators Announce U.S. Judge Vacancy

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) seek to identify Alaska attorneys interested in serving on the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. This information will be used in recommending to the President one or more candidates to succeed Senior U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, whose seat became vacant after he elected to take senior status. Consistent with tradition, the Senators have asked the Alaska Bar Association to receive expressions of interest. The Alaska… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Enzi: New Report Suggests Improvements to Management of NPS Maintenance Backlog

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., today welcomed the release of a report they requested from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining the National Park Service's (NPS) deferred maintenance backlog. The report outlines the amount and composition of deferred maintenance reported within the NPS, the methodology the agency uses to determine maintenance priorities, and the need for the NPS to evaluate the effectiveness of its strategy for prioritizing maintenance… Continue Reading


Delegation Introduces Bill to Accelerate AMHT Land Exchange

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today introduced companion bills to accelerate an equal value land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (Trust) and the U.S. Forest Service. The legislation, which nearly passed last Congress, protects important community viewsheds, local trails, and other conservation values while expediting much-needed timber for local operators and generating new revenues for mental health services across the s… Continue Reading


Murkowski Takes Step Towards Repealing the “Un”-Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3), the vehicle to allow the Senate to repeal the failed Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. The resolution includes instructions to the Senate HELP and Finance Committees so that repeal can move a privileged process ensuring its expediency. "This is a first and necessary step towards delivering better healthcare for Alaskans. The ACA has harmed Alaskans for far too… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Keep Up the Fight for King Cove Road

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced legislation to authorize a short, one-lane, gravel, non-commercial road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. The road is needed to link King Cove to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay and will provide local residents with reliable access to emergency medical transportation. "A life-saving road remains the best and only real option to help the people of King Cove," Murkowski said. "People have died wi… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Amendment to Improve Process for Repealing and Replacing Health Care Law in Timely Fashion

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced an amendment to extend the deadline for budget reconciliation instructions until March 3, 2017, and ensure a responsible process for replacing President Obama's health care law as quickly as possible. Senator Murkowski said: "I remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, and I am equally committed to ensuring that all Alaskans and Americans… Continue Reading


Murkowski Slams BLM’s Final Plan for Eastern Interior Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sharply criticized the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Regional Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for the Eastern Interior Planning Area of Alaska. "Once again, it is clear that the Obama administration is trying to ram through as many plans, regulations, and policies at the eleventh hour as possible," Murkowski said. "As a result of this new plan, another one million acres of Alaska will be withdrawn and almost five mill… Continue Reading


26 Senators Introduce Bill to Reform Monument Designation Process

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reintroduced the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill to facilitate greater local input and require state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters. The following senators are original cosponsors of the bill: Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Shelley Capito (R-W. Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas)… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Allow Energy Production in 1002 Area of Arctic Coastal Plain

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would allow limited oil and natural gas development within the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Alaska Oil and Gas Production Act, S. 49, would allow development of no more than 2,000 surface acres within the 1.5-million acre 1002 Area - which itself is just a fraction of the 19-million acre refuge. The area that would be opened to development is equivalent to ju… Continue Reading


Murkowski Sworn in to Fourth Term as U.S. Senator

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement as she was sworn in to her fourth term as U.S. Senator: "I am deeply honored to serve the people of Alaska and be entrusted with this tremendous responsibility. It is an incredibly humbling experience to be in this position and one that I do not take lightly. I thank everyone for their support, and I will continue to stand with and represent all Alaskans," said Murkowski. "The committee assignments I retained have juris… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reacts to Monument Designations in Two Western States

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after President Obama created new National Monuments in Nevada and Utah despite significant local opposition. "I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to lock up nearly two million acres of land in Nevada and Utah through these controversial designations," Murkowski said. "This summer, our committee held a field hearing in Utah to examine this issue, and well over 1,000 local farmers, ranchers, and tr… Continue Reading


Delegation Welcomes Chere Klein to Serve Ketchikan Constituents

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan today announced that Chere Klein has been hired as their Ketchikan Delegation Representative. Klein will serve constituents in Ketchikan and other communities in the Southern Southeast region by helping them with specific concerns and problems with federal agencies and offices. Klein replaces Penny Pederson, who served in that role for 2 years. Klein is a lifelong Alaskan, with deep ties to the communities of Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Wrangell, and thr… Continue Reading

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