Speeches

02.21.06

Address to the Alaska State Legislature

Thank you Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, for inviting me to be with you today. It's so nice to be back with friends. Since just the start of this year, I have flown over 25,000 miles, visited four world capitals, met with the Presidents of two nations and numerous foreign ministers. But let me assure you, nothing beats being in a state where things are "flippin' sweet." In my address to the State Legislature a couple of years ago, I mentioned that there are three legs to developin… Continue Reading


11.09.05

In recognition of Alaska Veterans and service members

At a time when so many Alaskans are serving overseas, it is important to remember that unlike other military holidays, Veterans Day does not commemorate a great battle or the beginning of a conflict but a day when the world came to be at peace. The Armistice of November 11, 1918, marked the end of the First World War - the bloodiest and costliest conflict the world had known at that time and an episode in our history when Americans left home to fight in a foreign land. And now, on each succe… Continue Reading


10.26.05

Ninth Circuit Split Should Have Its Day In Court

Justice delayed is justice denied. The 58 million people who live within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have had justice delayed for far too long. Splitting the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is not a new idea. Discussions about when and how to split the Circuit have been ongoing since before World War II. However, the need to divide the Circuit has grown and the time to do it is now. No one can deny that the Ninth Circuit is too large. The Ninth Circuit extends f… Continue Reading


08.03.05

Patriot Act Reauthorization

A tenuous balance exists between efforts to safeguard our nation from would-be terrorists and protecting the civil liberties Americans have come to expect. One of the most important tasks for Congress is determining how best to strike that balance given the realities of policy-making in a post 9/11 world. When the conference report reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act first came out this past November, I joined with five other Senators in a bipartisan effort to voice our view that the report langua… Continue Reading


06.09.05

New Energy Bill Lights Way to Balanced Energy Development

Legislation recently cleared by the U.S. Senate Energy Committee provides a balanced blueprint to both increase domestic production of energy from nonrenewable and renewable sources and to promote efficiency, conservation and the new energy technologies that will light our future. The bipartisan bill could lead to production of an additional 53 billion barrels of domestic oil, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and pioneer the technology to produce gas from methane hydrates, which could … Continue Reading


05.01.05

A Fair Process to Confirm Fair Judges

The use of the filibuster in the United States Senate and the President's judicial nominations have been popular topics of conversation in recent weeks. Print ads, radio spots, and television commercials have all highlighted the irrefutable harm - or unquestionable good, depending on your point of view - that the filibuster represents. What is not often mentioned is the impact this debate could have on other items of importance to the country and Alaska, such as ANWR, the Energy bill, health car… Continue Reading

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