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03.12.19

President Trump Signs Sweeping Lands Package into Law

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended President Donald J. Trump for signing S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act, into law. The bipartisan legislation contains more than 120 public lands, resources, sportsmen, conservation, and water management bills. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 92 to 8 on February 12, and the House passed it on February 26 by a vote of 363 to 62. "I thank P… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski Convenes Roundtable to Spotlight Unique Public Lands Issues in Western Communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday convened a roundtable to discuss the unique issues of access and development associated with public lands in the western United States. The roundtable focused on ways to restore balance to the management of our federal lands. Participants discussed the importance of greater access for economic and outdoor recreation opportunities, water resources management, the installation of renewable projects, mineral and energy development, conservation, and h… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Cassidy, Murkowski, Gardner Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S. 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects waiting to re… Continue Reading


02.28.19

IEA: Policy, Innovation, and Flexibility Key to U.S. Energy Leadership

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing where International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol testified about his agency's perspective on global energy markets. IEA, which was founded in 1974, now includes 30 member countries and is a leader on global energy policy and analysis. "Over the past decade, the United States has transformed into a dominant player in global energy markets. We ended the arbitrary prohibition on domestic crude oil exports a few y… Continue Reading


02.27.19

ENR Reviews Priorities for U.S. Territories

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing to examine the priorities of the U.S. territories and how Congress can help to achieve them. The hearing featured four territorial governors: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló; Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero; U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan; and Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres. "I have had the privilege of visiting four of the territories as chairman of this committee," Murkowski said. "C… Continue Reading


02.27.19

“Magnificent” Public Lands Package Heads to the President’s Desk

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today welcomed the House of Representatives' bipartisan approval of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. After the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 92 to 8 on February 12, the House passed it this afternoon by a vote of 363 to 62. The bill will now head to the president's desk. "I commend Chairman Grijalva and Ranking Member Bishop for their partnership and leadership to move this im… Continue Reading


02.26.19

What They're Saying in Support of the Natural Resources Management Act

S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, is a bipartisan package of more than 120 public lands, natural resources, sportsmen, conservation, and water management bills that was introduced in January 2019 by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and former committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). Murkowski, ENR Ranking Member Manchin, and Cantwell led the Senate's strong approval (92-8) of S. 47 on February 12. Today, the House is expected to vote on final p… Continue Reading


02.21.19

Murkowski, Cantwell, Gardner, Wyden, Feinstein Reintroduce Bill to Help Prepare and Protect Communities from Landslides

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve the science and coordination needed to help local communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards. S. 529, the National Landslide Preparedness Act, will help protect communities and property, save lives, and improve emergency preparedness and planning by targeting key gaps in cu… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Murkowski: Cybersecurity a Priority in the 116th Congress

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing to examine the status and outlook of efforts to protect our nation's energy infrastructure from cyber threats and attacks. The hearing featured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee, Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) Karen Evans, and representatives from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the West V… Continue Reading


02.12.19

ICYMI: Murkowski Urges Colleagues to Support Bipartisan Lands Package

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, yesterday spoke on the Senate floor about S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. She highlighted the extensive regular order process the package of 100-plus bills has undergone in the Senate, House, or both chambers; the provisions essential to Alaskans and other local communities throughout the country; and the numerous local, state, and national organizations that support passage of this… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Murkowski: U.S. Must Continue to Lead on Energy Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing to examine the current status and future of energy innovation in the United States. The hearing featured Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary of Science Paul Dabbar, former DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, and representatives from the Bipartisan Policy Center, ClearPath, the Council on Competitiveness, and West Virginia University. Murkowski opened by stressing the importance of fostering an environment that encourages innovation… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of David Bernhardt to be Interior Secretary

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he would nominate David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). "I strongly support David Bernhardt to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior. He already has helped the Department accomplish a great deal for Alaska and the nation, both as deputy secretary and as acting secretary, and he is more than capable of leading on a permanent basis. I will schedu… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Murkowski and Colleagues Urge Federal Officials to Deliver Secure Rural Schools Payments ASAP

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. Murkowski was joined by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, James Risch, R-Idaho, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt, the senators said rural residents in their states ar… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Murkowski, Manchin, King Highlight Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Leadership in the Arctic

Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., yesterday convened a roundtable with domestic and international dignitaries and policy leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the Arctic region. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, the co-founder of the Senate Arctic Caucus along with Murkowski, also attended the event. The roundtable focused on the Arctic's economy, security, resource development, infrastructure, and changing climate. Participants emphasized… Continue Reading


01.18.19

Senator Murkowski Speaks at AFN’s Alaska Day Event in DC

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) kicked off the Alaska Federation of Natives' (AFN) Alaska Day event this week in our nation's capital to address opportunities and challenges we face at our northernmost border and educate policymakers on Alaska's strategic significance. This two-day briefing includes Alaska Native leaders, high-level military personnel, the Alaska Congressional Delegation and staff, Cabinet officials, and representatives in telecommunications, energy, and commerce. During the… Continue Reading


01.17.19

Murkowski Welcomes New Hires to Committee Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that two new counsels, John Crowther and Jed Dearborn, have joined her team at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She also welcomed an intern, Grant Cummings, who is assisting the committee with various projects this winter. "John and Jed bring considerable expertise on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. John has great experience working on Alaska oil, gas, and related matters, and Jed has an extensive backgrou… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Murkowski Selected as Chairman of ENR

The Republican members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday chose Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to serve as the panel's chairman for the 116th Congress. "Our committee has a great history of accomplishment, and I will do everything I can to keep that tradition going in this new Congress," Murkowski said. "I'm grateful to my colleagues for this continued honor and have my sights set on another productive Congress." The Republican Caucus ratified committee chairs at a confere… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Murkowski, Cantwell Reintroduce Bipartisan Lands Package

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and outgoing committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., yesterday reintroduced a bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources, and water bills they negotiated last year with the chairman and ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. "While we are disappointed that this package could not pass last year, we remain committed to its provisions and the sp… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Carper, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Help Americans Transition to More Efficient Wood Heaters, Reduce Air Pollution

Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), introduced a bill (S. 3779) that would establish a grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to incentivize the removal and replacement of old, inefficient residential wood heaters with efficient, clean-burning heaters. The Wood Heaters Emissions Reduction Act (WH… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Alaska Delegation Commends Milestone for Responsible Energy Development on the Coastal Plain

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rep. Don Young, and Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy (all R-Alaska) today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the oil and gas leasing program on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "One year ago, Congress directed the Department of the Interior to open the Coastal Plain for responsible energy development, and today marks a major step f… Continue Reading

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