Speeches

06.13.13

Keynote Address on Geological Impacts of U.S. Tight Oil Boom

The Geopolitical Impacts of the U.S. Tight Oil BoomSen. Lisa MurkowskiJune 12, 2013 "Thank you, Senator Domenici for that wonderful welcome and introduction. It is truly a pleasure to be here at the Bipartisan Policy Center to help kickoff your discussion about the geopolitical impacts of our tight oil boom. "As the title of this event suggests, the ramifications for our nation's strategic posture will be profound. Even after just a few years, we are already beginning to see the significant sh… Continue Reading


02.22.13

Senator Murkowski Address to the Alaska State Legislature

Senator Murkowski Address to the Alaska State Legislature: Part 1 Juneau, AK (Click on image to view video) It's wonderful to be back home and to be with so many of you. The opportunity to visit ahead of time, I think is the best part of what I get to do with my annual return to deliver comments to you here in Juneau. You know the drill. We start with how the family is doing - how the boys are. For those of you who are new to this chamber and don't know, when I was serving here my boys were … Continue Reading


02.07.13

Senator Murkowski Remarks on F-16 Relocation EIS Scoping Meetings

Brigadier General Malakowski and members of the EIS team, thank you for traveling to Fairbanks today to hear the views of Interior Alaska on the Air Force's plan to warm base and downsize Eielson Air Force Base - a plan that will decimate the economy of the base's surrounding communities and break the Golden Hearts of a community that has gone all out to support the Air Force for decades and decades. What the Air Force proposes to do to this community is nothing less than shameful in light of … Continue Reading


10.25.12

Senator Murkowski Addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives

There is nothing better than being home and it is so wonderful to be at the annual gathering, this annual family gathering that we call AFN. I thank you for opening your homes, your schools, your communities to me as I travel across the state. And I thank you for the warm welcome you show me as we gather together every year. You need to know that my heart is truly filled with the love that I feel you share with me. That's not something that political leaders like to talk about- love and the… Continue Reading


06.05.12

Senator Lisa Murkowski Remarks to Arent Fox/GWU Energy Policy Forum

Senator Lisa Murkowski Remarks to Arent Fox/GWU Energy Policy Forum June 5, 2012 ***As Prepared for Delivery*** Good morning and thank you, Bob, for that kind introduction. A special thanks to Arent Fox and George Washington University for sponsoring this forum. Senator Dorgan and Senator Bennett - it's good to see you both again, and I appreciate your continued efforts to improve our nation's energy policy. I enjoyed working with both of you on the Energy and Natural Resources Commit… Continue Reading


02.23.12

Sen. Murkowski Remarks to Alaska State Legislature

Remarks of Senator Lisa Murkowski to the Alaska State Legislature February 23, 2012; 10:00 A.M ***As Prepared for Delivery*** Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, my colleagues of the Alaska Legislature, good morning. And to our fellow Alaskans watching and listening throughout our state, thank you for inviting me into your homes. People say our nation is deeply divided, but in Alaska things are different. All of us - whether we live in town or in the Bush, whether we are pioneers or recent arriva… Continue Reading


10.18.11

Alaska Day Floor Speech

Sen. Murkowski: Floor Statement on Alaska Day: October 18, 2011 ***AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY*** I rise to speak on the 144th anniversary of Alaska Day, the day that commemorates the first raising of the Stars and Stripes over Lord Baranof's Castle in Sitka, Alaska. At the time, Sitka was called New Archangel, and until that moment, it was the capital of Russian America. We celebrate Alaska's statehood today - October 18th - our now 52-year-old compact with the United States, and its promise t… Continue Reading


06.21.11

Remarks to 4th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminished Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations

Sen. Murkowski Remarks : 4th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminished Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations June 21, 2011 at 9:20 a.m. Navy Memorial ***As Prepared For Delivery*** Thank you and good morning. I am very pleased to be here at the Fourth Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminished Arctic. I continue to be impressed by the support for the conference, the caliber of your speakers and the continued interest in the issue. Clearly, the impacts of an ice-diminished … Continue Reading


06.19.11

Remarks to Arctic Imperative Summit

SEN. MURKOWSKI WELCOME ADDRESS FOR THE ARCTIC IMPERATIVE SUMMIT ***As Prepared For Delivery*** JUNE 19, 2011 Good evening and welcome to the Arctic Imperative. First I want to thank Alice Rogoff and her staff for putting together a fantastic agenda and very impressive list of speakers and participants. You have truly brought the Arctic conversation to Alaska on a world scale and I am very pleased to be able to be here and participate. I speak frequently at conferences about our na… Continue Reading


05.23.11

Arctic Council Floor Speech

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ARCTIC COUNCIL FLOOR SPEECH ***As Prepared For Delivery *** MAY 23, 2011 Thank you Mr. President. Last week I was honored to participate in a historic trip to attend the 7th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Nuuk, Greenland with Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of the Interior Salazar. The Arctic Council, founded in 1995, is an intergovernmental association of eight member states with territory inside the Arctic Circle. The group includes Ca… Continue Reading


01.27.11

Congressional Response to NCAI's "State of Indian Nations"

President Keel has introduced me but I stand before you this morning with a special recognition. It was less than a week ago when I was back home in the state that I was adopted into the Tlingit tribe. I was adopted by the Deisheetaan clan and given a new name - Aan shaawátk'i. In English this Tlingit Raven name means "Lady of the Land." As one who has been blessed to have been born and raised in my state to be welcomed into the Tlingit tribe and to be given a name of this honor&hellip… Continue Reading


08.17.10

Anchorage: Remarks to World Trade Center Alaska

Good afternoon. Thanks, Tavish, for that introduction. And, a special thanks to the members of World Trade Center Alaska for the invitation to join you today. It's been almost four years since I've had the privilege of addressing your association. It's amazing to consider how much has happened in that time. Control of Congress has changed; we've elected a new President; and national and world events have shifted our attention to new issues and challenges. The War in Iraq is going far better tod… Continue Reading


08.04.10

Floor Statement: On the Nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Mr. President. On July 2nd, following the conclusion of hearings on Elena Kagan's nomination to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, I informed my colleagues and my constituents in the State of Alaska that I could not support her nomination. I decided to express my views at that time in summary form, knowing that I would get many questions about Ms. Kagan in the course of my travels during the Independence Day recess when I was up in the state. Many of the Alaskans w… Continue Reading


07.28.10

Floor Speech: On Democrat Proposed Energy Legislation

Mr. President, it has now been 99 days since the Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded, caught fire, and sank to the ocean floor. That incident - and the millions of barrels of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since it began - have made absolutely clear that our nation's offshore energy regulations need to be reformed. Even in a Congress as deeply and bitterly divided as this one, the fact that we are living through a terrible environmental disaster, caused at least in part by certai… Continue Reading


06.29.10

Remarks to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Hello and thank you for this opportunity to speak with you all today. I am honored to receive this award. I want to thank you all for the work you do as mental health and community based health care workers every day. I would also like to take a moment and recognize my constituents who have travelled nearly 4,000 miles to be here today. You all provide vitally needed services in our communities and your skills give our children and our elderly patients in particular, the resources to help them… Continue Reading


06.23.10

Floor Speech: Murkowski Slams Health Care Law, Calls for Repeal and Replace

Mr. President, I rise to speak about the health care debate that has gone on in the Congress throughout the past year. President Obama promised that the Democrats' health care bill would reduce the spiraling cost of health care. The promise was made that if one likes their health care plan, they can keep it. Not necessarily every day but just about every other day there is yet another report released that confirms what many of us who opposed a Federal takeover of the health care system feared al… Continue Reading


06.11.10

Ketchikan: Christening of the M/V Susitna and Keel Laying for the Ken Eichner II

Good Morning. It is my pleasure to be back home in Ketchikan for such a great event. We are here today to christen the marvelous new ship, the M/V Susitna, and lay the keel for the M/V Ken Eichner-2. With these two vessels, we are also celebrating the success of the Alaska Ship and Drydock. Let's first talk about the M/V Sustina first. I was there at the beginning with the name. I was with you here, almost four years ago, on August 24, 2006 for the keel laying of this vessel and I remember weldi… Continue Reading


06.10.10

Floor Speech: Murkowski's Closing Statement on Disapproval Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today delivered the following closing statement today from the Senate floor on her disapproval resolution: "Mr. President, you've heard our reasons for bringing this bipartisan resolution to the floor. The EPA's efforts to contort the Clean Air Act into a statute capable of regulating greenhouse gas emissions amount to an unprecedented overreach and are unlikely to survive legal… Continue Reading


06.10.10

Floor Speech: Statement on EPA Disapproval Resolution

Mr. President, during the Memorial Day recess we received two pieces of alarming news that should inform the work of every member of this chamber. First we learned that the national debt has surpassed $13 trillion in total. Shortly after that, we learned that nearly all jobs added in May came from temporary Census positions. The private sector created just 41,000 jobs last month - many fewer than expected, and a far cry from a pace that will allow us to dig out from the economic recession. Ther… Continue Reading


06.08.10

Remarks to the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council

Thank you for the opportunity to be with you this morning. Thank you also to David Blee and the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council for the invitation to share a Congressional perspective on the "State of the Renaissance" of the nuclear industry. Let me start by complimenting the Obama Administration and the Department of Energy for some of the actions they have taken in the last several months relating to the nuclear industry. I know it's early, but you heard correctly. A Republican is complim… Continue Reading

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