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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


FLOOR SPEECH: Ways to Fix the Affordable Care Act

*remarks as prepared I have come to the floor today to join several of my colleagues to talk about the impacts the UN-Affordable Care Act has had on Americans across the nation, especially the people of Alaska. Last year nationally, we saw a dozen co-ops fail that were created by the ACA, throwing people into turmoil and leaving them questioning if they had insurance. UnitedHealth, one of the largest providers in the country, has been forced off the exchanges in numerous states. Just last week… Continue Reading


SPEECH: Annual Address to Alaska State Legislature

Good morning. It's a little unsettling isn't it? To come into this chamber and to know that our friend isn't with us. Max Gruenberg was a really great guy and a good friend to so many of us. And a friend to Alaska. And his loss is felt. My heart is with Kayla and the family, and with you, because Max was our family. Max was part of the Alaska family. So know that I am with you all as you are thinking of him. It's good to be back in Juneau, it's good to be home with family. And thank you for aga… Continue Reading


FLOOR SPEECH: Final Passage of Every Child Succeeds Act

Mr. President, I would like to take just a moment to talk very briefly about the Every Student Succeeds Act. I know that several of my colleagues have come down to the floor, just a couple of minutes ago the Senator from Wyoming, to really talk about the good things we've seen in this education reform bill and celebrate how the bill ends "the national school board" by putting more control for our schools in our state and local hands. And I think that is worthy of note. For the schools, for the … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Highlights Alaska’s Leadership in Energy Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week highlighted the energy innovation occurring in some of Alaska's most isolated communities as local leaders seek to reduce the cost of electricity through a variety of cutting-edge technologies. Click here to view video of Thursday's event Speaking Thursday at an event hosted by The Hill newspaper on microgrids and innovation, Murkowski said that integrating a mix of local renewable resources - hydro and wind, chiefly - is a way for many Alaska co… Continue Reading


FLOOR SPEECH: Harmful Impacts of Affordable Care Act on Alaskans

Madam President, I have come to the Floor to once again talk about how the Affordable Care Act is harming the people of the State of Alaska. Alaskans have the highest insurance premiums in the country, and I hear from folks back home all the time about the burden these costs place on them. Our state's largest newspaper has been reporting as we've been seeing these premium increases coming out over the past several months, detailing the incredible rise of premiums throughout the state. The aver… Continue Reading


SPEECH: 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

What a week it has been! On Wednesday, I spoke to the NCAI and AFN Tribal Leadership Conference, where I pledged to work with Alaska's tribal leaders to re-examine federal laws that stand in the way of real meaningful tribal government. It was great to spend time with so many wonderful people at the Elders and Youth Conference. I even tried a little beading! Thanks to Liz Medicine Crow and her team at First Alaskans for the conference and all you do throughout the year. And of course the dancin… Continue Reading


FLOOR SPEECH: Every Child Achieves Act

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to vitiate the quorum call. I rise today to speak about the Every Child Achieves Act-the bill we have all been waiting for, for nearly fifteen years, to fix the flawed, one-size-fits-all No Child Left Behind Act. I would like to begin by praising Senator Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senator Murray, the Ranking Member, for the way they have managed this legislation from the very beginning. Senat… Continue Reading


SPEECH: Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be with you again to talk about the impact of reduced Arctic sea-ice on naval and maritime operations. More open water in the Arctic means more maritime traffic - no secret there. The Navy believes that between 2012 and 2025, vessel activity in the Bering Strait will more than double - from 483 to 1,000 - and that the number of vessels transiting the Northern Sea Route will grow ten-fold - from 45 transits in 2012 to 450 by 2025. So, more open wa… Continue Reading


SPEECH: Resource Development Council's Annual Meeting

Good afternoon, everyone. Ralph, thank you for that warm introduction. And thank you all for the invitation to be here today. Let me start off by congratulating RDC on its 40th anniversary. For forty outstanding years, this organization has been a strong voice for Alaska's core industries. That's quite a feat, and our State has benefitted greatly from your work. How about another round of applause for Senator Sullivan, as well? He's only been in office for six months, but he's already … Continue Reading


VIDEO REMARKS: Kawerak/Rural Providers' Conference

Good morning everyone, Senator Lisa Murkowski here. I am honored to welcome you to the 2015 Rural Providers Conference - this year joined with the Kawerak Regional Conference. Each year I have an opportunity to address a number of meetings convened by our Native community. The Rural Providers Conference occupies a special place in my heart and let me tell you why. This is not a conference dominated by politics, politicians and policy. Nor is it a conference about managing and funding Native pro… Continue Reading


SPEECH: Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Amy, thanks for your kind introduction. Thank you all for that warm Washington welcome. And thank you all for being here, early on a beautiful Friday morning. I actually fly through Seattle most weekends on my way back home, it's usually just lunch at Beecher's or breakfast in the Board Room on Friday and Monday. I'm certainly not alone among the Alaskans who regularly find themselves in Seattle. We probably have quite a few here with us today. This isn't just a midpoint or a layover in o… Continue Reading

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