Speeches

12.11.18

FLOOR SPEECH: Unveiling Arctic Legislation to Reinvigorate America’s Arctic Role

Senator Lisa Murkowski Arctic Floor Speech Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the privileges of the floor be granted to my military fellow Juan Ramirez for the remainder of his fellowship through June of 2019. Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, there's been a lot of discussion this evening by my colleague from New Jersey, my colleague from Rhode Island about the issue of climate change and the impact. I come from a part of the country where climate change is there. It is with us. It… Continue Reading


12.05.18

FLOOR SPEECH: Senator Murkowski Speaks on the Senate Floor Regarding the Alaska Earthquake on November 30th, 2018

Senator Sullivan and I just returned to Washington after an almost surreal 24-hour period up in the state. We went up on Sunday night, Monday morning. We hadn't anticipated being up there but the state of Alaska, more specifically Southcentral Alaska experienced a powerful earthquake on Friday. It was a, an unsettling event certainly, a frightening event to many, and it caused significant damage in the most populated part of our state. So it was last Friday morning at 8:29 in the morning when we… Continue Reading


10.20.18

SPEECH: Alaska Federation of Native Convention 2018

Go-thah-n Die-in. That means "Good Morning" in the Icelandic language. I speak to you today from the Arctic Circle Assembly meeting here in Reykjavik. The Arctic Assembly is the largest international gathering in the Arctic. More than 2000 people are here from 60 different nations, all focused on the region that the indigenous people have shared for tens of thousands of years. There was a time when we in Alaska regarded ourselves as remote and isolated. Mostly disconnected by the sea ice from… Continue Reading


09.04.18

FLOOR SPEECH: Remembering Senator John McCain

Mr. President there have been several words that have been spoken about our friend Senator John McCain and I want to join with the many words, the tributes that have been shared in these recent days since his passing. We all know the background. We all know the bio. John McCain served our nation for sixty years. Starting as an officer in the United States Navy. As a prisoner of war, in unspeakable conditions. And of course during his terms in the House of Representatives, and here in the Sen… Continue Reading


05.06.18

SPEECH: University of Alaska Southeast Commencement

* As Prepared, Not Delivered Chancellor Caulfield, Members of the Board of Regents, parents, students, and friends-good afternoon! I am so pleased to be here to celebrate with all of you. As the mother of two sons who have graduated from college, I know something of the long road that has brought each of you here today, and the joy you are feeling as we gather to help you mark your achievements. While many commencement speakers over the years, at campuses across the United States, have used … Continue Reading


03.21.18

FLOOR SPEECH: Preventing and Ending Sex Trafficking, Addressing the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Native Women

I am pleased to join my colleagues today in urging passage of the sex trafficking bill before the body. There are many reasons why we need to deter the use of Internet resources by predators. The wisdom of this legislation should be obvious. This is legislation for the protection of our children; the most vulnerable among us. I have an additional reason for urging the adoption of this legislation and that is the protection of Native women and girls from predators. I have been talking about the … Continue Reading


02.22.18

SPEECH: 2018 Address to Alaska State Legislature

As prepared, not delivered Speaker Edgmon, President Kelly, to all of our State Senators and State Representatives, and to all who are with us this morning: thank you for inviting me. It is always good to be back in these chambers, to be among friends, and to discuss what is happening both here at home and in Washington, DC. Let me start by thanking you for your service-for the long hours you spend, seeking the best ideas to help our state-by giving my strongest encouragement to work together… Continue Reading


11.30.17

FLOOR SPEECH: Reconciliation Legislation (Tax Reform)

Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the fact that I'm able to follow my colleague from South Carolina who has described and encapsulated in pretty simple terms what this proposal is before us, this tax proposal is, is good for the country. It's good for American families. It's good for Alaskan families and South Carolina, and I'm pleased to be able to join my colleagues this afternoon in support of the reconciliation legislation that we have pending before us. I happen to believe that the… Continue Reading


10.21.17

SPEECH: Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)

Chin'an. (Hello) Ahn Sho-Aht-Key, You-Haht Do-Ah Saw-Kooh. My name is Aan Shaawak'i. (meaning 'Lady of the Land') Yea-Na Ay-Yah-Haht. I am of the Raven moiety. Day-Shee-than Nah-Haht-Sit-Tee. I am of the Deisheetaan Clan. As I practiced my pronunciation this morning, I recalled of Vivian Korthius to me yesterday that we know who we are and where we are from. Such important words. Know that I derive so much strength from you as you share your values and your traditions with me. In a country… Continue Reading


06.20.17

FLOOR SPEECH: 40th Anniversary of Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

As prepared, not delivered. [Mr./Madam] President, I've come to the floor this afternoon to mark the 40th anniversary of the first oil moving through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System-an 800-mile long engineering marvel that runs from the North Slope of Alaska to tidewater in Valdez. I will abbreviate the history, out of necessity, but want to start the story of our pipeline in the late 1960s. Believe it or not, this was a fairly bleak moment for oil exploration in Alaska. Despite great prom… Continue Reading


06.08.17

FLOOR SPEECH: Remembering Sam R. Brice and Howard A. "Buzz" Otis

Mr. President, over Memorial Day weekend Interior Alaska lost two really good people. They were doers. And they were builders - both literally and figuratively. They were family people and the best of friends. Today I pay tribute to Sam R. Brice and Howard A. Otis. But nobody called him Howard. We knew him as "Buzz". Buzz Otis. I would like to tell the Senate a bit about these two wonderful people. You couldn't find two more genuine Alaskans than Sam and Buzz. Yet neither was born in Alaska… Continue Reading


06.08.17

FLOOR SPEECH: 75th Anniversary of the Aleutian Campaign

Alaskans are emphatic about the observance of Memorial Day. We revere those who served in our military. We are home to more veterans per capita than any other state in the union. This year I was privileged to host a most distinguished veteran at Alaska's official state veterans' memorial. That memorial is located at Byers Lake, one of the most tranquil and picturesque spots in all Alaska. And that distinguished veteran was our Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL. The follow… Continue Reading


05.17.17

FLOOR SPEECH: National Police Week

Ms. MURKOWSKI. Mr. President, this week, our Nation observes National Police Week. This year, during National Police Week, we pay tribute to 143 officers who died in the line of duty during 2016--among them, Sergeant Allen David Brandt of the Fairbanks Police Department. I come to the floor to acknowledge not only Sergeant Brandt but all those officers who served us so honorably. Sergeant Brandt's wife Natasha and children, Fritz, Kate, Claire, and Belle have traveled all the way from Fairbanks… Continue Reading


04.05.17

FLOOR SPEECH: Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Like several in this chamber, I was asked on my input on whom to nominate to the United States Supreme Court. And after much reflection, I recommended to the Vice President that Judge Neil Gorsuch of Denver, Colorado, should fill the Scalia seat on the Supreme Court. I am very pleased that my advice was considered. Mr. President, I offered that recommendation before I had an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with judge Gorsuch. In fairness, we had had an opportunity here in the Senate to revi… Continue Reading


03.30.17

FLOOR SPEECH: Sequicentennial

[Mr./Madam] President, I have come to the Floor today in commemoration of an important milestone. Yet, speaking about it presents a bit of a challenge. How do you give a statement, in our current environment, about a Secretary of State, a Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, a Russian Ambassador, and an exchange of millions of dollars, without making sensational headlines? My answer is that you tell the story of Alaska, and the Treaty of Cession that brought Alaska into our nation on … Continue Reading


02.22.17

2017 Address to Alaska State Legislature

As Delivered Good morning. It really is a pleasure to be back. Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, thank you for the opportunity to be with you. My fellow legislators, my friends, it is wonderful to be back home, and here with all of you, as we renew our annual conversation about the future of our state. Things look pretty good around here. You've got some new equipment, some new hardware. You've got some new faces, and I welcome each of you. And you have some very familiar faces, and it's good to be … Continue Reading


02.01.17

FLOOR SPEECH: Murkowski to Vote “No” on Betsy DeVos

Mr. President, I'd like to share my thoughts with colleagues today about the President's nominee to be Secretary of Education. I shared many of these thoughts yesterday with my colleagues on the Senate HELP Committee. Like my colleague from Maine, this nomination has been one of the most difficult for me since I came to the Senate. As I mentioned in committee, I take very personally the education of the children in my state. I take very personally the contributions that our educators, … Continue Reading


10.24.16

SPEECH: 2016 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

REMARKS OF SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKIAS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY50TH ANNUAL ALASKA FEDERATION OF NATIVES CONVENTIONOCTOBER 21, 2016FAIRBANKS, ALASKA I am so pleased to join you at the 2016 AFN Convention, Alaska's great family reunion. At AFN we speak with each other in different languages and different ways. In Native languages and in English. But also in ways that transcend language: in dance, in art, in spirituality, and in fellowship. That's what makes this a favorite event for me each year. We th… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Floor Seech: King Cove Amendment

*As prepared, not delivered Mr. President, I am pleased that we are debating the Water Resources Development Act here on the Senate floor. I believe this is an important bill that addresses needs across our nation. I thank the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee for their leadership on it, and for working with Senator Sullivan and me to include a number of priorities for our home state of Alaska. As we continue to consider this bill, I want to highlight… Continue Reading


07.26.16

Anchorage Chamber: Make it Monday

*As prepared, not delivered I would like to thank the Chamber for your tireless work on behalf of businesses across our state, our families and the fundamental principles that make America exceptional. And it is great to be home; for Alaska is certainly the most exceptional state in our nation and I am honored every day to serve you in the United States Senate. Last week, while my colleagues drove around their respective districts in the Lower 48, I traveled the Yukon River and Kuskokwim Rive… Continue Reading

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