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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


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


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


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


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


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


Quantum Science Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6227, the National Quantum Initiative Act, a bipartisan bill to accelerate research in the field of quantum science. "The possibilities of quantum information science are tremendous, with the potential to transform the speed and scale at which we process data, allowing for breakthroughs in almost every facet of our lives," Murkowski said. "A National Quantum Initiative will … Continue Reading


Committee Reviews FERC, Park Service, and Nuclear Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to consider nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Park Service. The nominees were Dr. Rita Baranwal to be Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at DOE; Mr. Bernie McNamee to be a member of FERC; and Mr. David Vela to be Director of the National Park Service. Murkowski opened the hearing by noting the ongoing tragedy with wildfires in California, which have led … Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Changes in FERC Leadership

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre announced that he would step down as chairman due to ongoing health issues. President Trump has designated Neil Chatterjee to serve as chairman. "I thank Chairman McIntyre for his leadership at the agency, and pray for his swift recovery and return to good health as he continues as a commissioner," Murkowski said. "I'm confident that Chairman Chatte… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Major Water Infrastructure Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Senate passed, S. 3021, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, through a bipartisan vote of 99-1. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives by voice vote in September, now heads to the president's desk. Working closely with leaders on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Murkowski secured a num… Continue Reading


ENR Approves Bill to Restore Equity for Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday advanced S. 785, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, out of committee by voice vote. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, both R-Alaska, would allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam-era to apply for their Congressionally-promised Native allotment, after they missed their initial opportunity to do so because of their service. … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen National Earthquake Resilience Program

Last week, the Senate passed S. 1768, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to improve the nation's earthquake preparedness. The legislation, introduced by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., modernizes earthquake-safety programs that help states like Alaska and California prepare for and respond to earthquakes. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Kamala H… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Quantum Technologies Can Change the World

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts for quantum information science (QIS) - working with the National Labs, universities, and private industry - which could transform the future of computing. Expert witnesses discussed the challenges and opportunities that currently exist with the technology. Murkowski opened the hearing by emphasizing the importance of the U.S. staying ahead of the curve by investing in quantum technol… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Nuclear Energy Innovation Bill Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives' cleared S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA), which creates partnerships between private sector innovators in nuclear energy with government researchers to create the next generation of clean, advanced nuclear power. NEICA was led by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and cosponsored by Sens. Murkowski, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Cory Booker, D… Continue Reading


Murkowski: U.S. Stands Ready to Help Diversify Europe’s Energy Supply

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the role of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) in meeting European energy demand. Expert witnesses shared their views on the economic and geopolitical implications of a stronger U.S.-EU energy relationship, as well as what actions may be needed to maximize the benefits of LNG exports to our nation and our allies. Murkowski opened the hearing by highlighting Europe's vulnerability given its dependence on Russian gas. "As we've… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes AGDC-ExxonMobil Agreement

Alaska's congressional delegation today welcomed the announcement of a new Gas Sales Precedent Agreement (GSPA) reached between the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and ExxonMobil Alaska. "This is a positive step in our state's efforts to build a new pipeline that will allow us to commercialize the North Slope's prolific natural gas resources," said the delegation. "While we recognize that much work remains to be done, we're pleased to see the state using its authority and leverage… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Booker, and Colleagues Introduce the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Cory Booker, D-N.J., James Risch, R-Idaho, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Chris Coons, D-Del., today introduced bipartisan legislation to boost nuclear energy innovation and ensure advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable, and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs. S. 3422, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), will help rees… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Two DOE Nominees

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources yesterday held a business meeting to advance two nominees for the Department of Energy: Mr. William Cooper to be General Counsel; and Mr. Lane Genatowski to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, supported both nominations, which the committee favorably reported by voice vote. The nominations now head to the Senate floor. With the passage of yesterday's nominations, a total of ei… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Murkowski, and Colleagues Seek Answers from FERC on Pending LNG Export Applications

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today signed on to a letter sent to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntrye urging FERC to approve pending liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project applications in a timely manner, and seeking information regarding FERC's approval process and the agency's available resources. The letter was led by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and cosigned by Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Kennedy, R-La., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Cory Gardner, R-Colo., … Continue Reading


Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell Welcome New USDA “Shared Stewardship” Strategy

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the committee's ranking member, today issued the following statements after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released a new outcome-based investment strategy to improve conditions in America's forests. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen made the announcement during a press c… Continue Reading

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