Murkowski Votes for Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, made the following statement after voting in favor of the Fiscal Year 2009 omnibus appropriations bill:
“Although I have concerns about the price tag of this bill, I heard from a number of Alaskans telling me how important some of the Alaska-specific projects were to their cities, towns, communities and villages. Defeat of this bill could have resulted in Alaska missing out on nearly $200 million in funding. My vote in the end was a vote to put Alaska first. In addition, I did not want to see Congress pass a Continuing Resolution for the rest of this fiscal year. A CR would have frozen funding at 2008 levels, and that would not be good for Alaska, which depends on federal spending for a variety of programs in the state.”