Speeches

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


05.31.10

Anchorage: Korean War Veterans Association Memorial Day Ceremony

Hello. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your fitting tribute to the most deserving of our nation's heroes. It's great to be home in Alaska, and it is a privilege to spend Memorial Day at the Veterans' Memorial Flag Pole with all of you. It's appropriate that on Memorial Day we should set aside our differences and come together as Americans - a unified nation with one common voice. Let us celebrate that we are a free nation, a proud nation, a nation guided by principles and univer… Continue Reading


05.30.10

Wasilla - Veterans Wall of Honor Memorial Day Ceremony

Hello. What a great day to be here in Wasilla. It's a privilege to be with you at this special venue for reflection on Memorial Day. I want to thank VFW Post 9365 for inviting me to speak today. I extend to you my gratitude for your service while you were in uniform and for the service you continue to provide your country today. This afternoon I want to briefly share with you my thoughts on the gift of freedom. On Memorial Day citizens across the country pause and reflect on our nation's fallen… Continue Reading


05.30.10

Mat-Su: Alaska Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony, Byers Lake

Hello to everyone. What a great day to be here at Byer's Lake. This is such a fitting venue for reflection on Memorial Day, and I'm honored to spend this time with the Alaska Vietnam Veteran's Motorcycle Club. Before I begin I need to say thank you to General Katkus for giving me a ride up here from Anchorage in one of his Blackhawk helicopters. While it's not a Harley, it's still a pretty slick ride. Today I want to share with you my thoughts on our gift of freedom. On Memorial Day citizens ac… Continue Reading


05.21.10

Remarks to Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference on the Arctic and Law of the Sea Treaty

"Thank you. Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to address you today at the 34th annual Center for Oceans Law and Policy conference. I have to commend the Center for putting together a very impressive conference. "As all of us in this room are aware, the United States IS an Arctic nation because of Alaska. And I am very privileged to be the Senior Senator for America's Arctic State. But, what does it mean to be an Arctic nation? I believe that the Federal Government is just waking up to this real… Continue Reading


05.12.10

Remarks to Big Brothers Big Sisters Reception

Thank you Lynne, and thank you, Karen for this lovely recognition. I am so proud to be a supporter of the wonderful difference that Big Brothers Big Sisters makes in the lives of children. I need tell no one here the great benefits that Big Brothers Big Sisters brings to adults and children alike across America. This is, after all, a reception for alumni. But I think it's safe to say that Littles who have Bigs in their lives are more likely to be able to tackle a job like Capitol Hill staffer o… Continue Reading


05.04.10

Remarks to the Latino Coalition Opening Reception

It's great to be here. Thank you for giving me the honor of addressing you today. First, I would like to commend The Latino Coalition for its unwavering commitment to assuring that Hispanic small businesses throughout the country have a voice in the legislative process. The United States of America was built on the hard work and dedication of small businesses and today, Hispanic small business are an integral part in promoting economic wealth and growth throughout the country. This is especially… Continue Reading


04.30.10

Remarks for Bishop John Carroll Weekend on 'The Difference Women Make: the Growing Role of Women in American Politics'

Thank you, President DeGioia, for inviting me to participate in this wonderful event in celebration of Georgetown University. All of us are so proud to be alumni of this excellent university that helped to educate us and mold our personalities. I'm very proud to be a Georgetown University graduate, and to have been invited to participate in today's discussion. Professor Swers, thank you for agreeing to moderate our discussion today. Your research to discover what makes Congress work the way it … Continue Reading


04.28.10

Remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies on U.S. Arctic Interests

Thank you and good morning. I first want to thank CSIS and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies for sponsoring this conference. As usual, you have attracted some of the top experts on the Arctic as speakers and panelists and I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the conference myself. It is a pleasure to be back at CSIS to talk about one of my favorite subjects, the Arctic. There is a growing public interest in the region. It is primarily due to the impacts of climate change, the … Continue Reading


04.21.10

Remarks to the National Fisheries Institute

Good Morning and welcome to Washington D.C. I hope that your, "Walk on the Hill", is going well and your meetings have been very productive. Thank you very much for the opportunity to address you this morning. I first want to compliment the National Fisheries Institute. You have been a strong voice on behalf of the seafood industry both in Washington D.C. and around the country. There isn't another group out there doing exactly what NFI does and so effectively. Whether it is challenging USA Tod… Continue Reading


04.01.10

Eagle River: Remarks to the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

So we gather today in Eagle River on this first day of April to talk about Washington, D.C. and how it helps us achieve all of our aspirations as Alaskans. Rest assured, we in Washington have everything under control. The economy is once again booming. Credit easy. Taxes low. TAPS will be full of oil for generations to come because we've finally opened ANWR. We're building three gas lines simultaneously - one through Canada, another to a new LNG terminal in Valdez, a third from the North Slope … Continue Reading


03.19.10

Remarks to Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) on the State of the Arctic

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here in Miami for the State of the Arctic conference. When people have asked me why the State of the Arctic Conference is in Miami, I have answered, "have you been to Fairbanks in February lately?" Actually, I know how much more convenient Miami is for travel and flights, and I really appreciate all the participation by the international community in this event. I think this is a fine place to talk about the state of Arctic research, science, and policy. A… Continue Reading


03.18.10

Remarks to the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region

"Good morning and welcome to our nation's capital for this meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region. It is a pleasure to see you all again. "Interest in the Arctic, by both the general public, the media and Arctic and non-Arctic nations, continues to grow. The attention is primarily due to the impacts of climate change and subsequent loss of seasonal sea ice, and interest in shipping lanes and natural resources. ertainly all the attention on the polar bear … Continue Reading


03.16.10

Remarks to Association of American State Geologists

Thank you. It is a great honor to join Senators Domenici, Bingaman, Reid, Craig, and my good friend Ted Stevens in receiving this award from the Association of American State Geologists. I know it is given to persons who have made significant contributions toward advancing the geosciences in public policy. I'm not sure I truly qualify yet, but I'm trying. Last June, in the energy bill that is still pending in the Senate, I sponsored and won an amendment to provide new grant aid to help states … Continue Reading


03.16.10

Floor Speech: Murkowski on Department of Energy's Decision to Drop Yucca License Application

Mr. President, recently the Department of Energy submitted a motion to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw its license application to construct a spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The latest rationale? Because we need it too much. "That may seem like a creative interpretation on my part, but at the same time the motion to withdraw was going forward Secretary of Energy Steven Chu noted that due to the revival of the nuclear industry, Yucc… Continue Reading


03.11.10

Remarks to the CQ-Roll Call Forum on Natural Gas in the New Energy Economy

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be with you today. I have a lot of confidence in America's natural gas industry, your organization's leadership - and generally the leadership of the entire natural gas industry. We have worked closely over the past year with AGA and other natural gas interests on responsible energy policy. The reality, though, is that energy legislation is largely stalled in the Senate and it's uncertain what this administration's policy is going forward. I'm not … Continue Reading


03.02.10

Remarks to the National Geographic Education Foundation

Mr. Noonan, Dr. Edelson, thank you for recognizing my love of geography with this wonderful award. Any photo of Alaska is beautiful, but one taken by a National Geographic photographer is to be treasured. I am delighted that the National Geographic Society and the National Geographic Education Foundation are working to ensure that each child in America has access to the very best geographic education possible. I am pleased to be able to assist in that effort. The study of geography teaches us … Continue Reading


03.02.10

Remarks to the National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session

Thank you for the introduction Ms. Majel-Dixon. I appreciate the opportunity to join you this afternoon. It is always an honor to be with so many tribal leaders from across the Country. I had the opportunity to visit with some of you, and many Alaska Native tribal leaders during President Obama's White House meeting with tribal leaders. As you all know and have been following in the media, we have been experiencing tumultuous times in Congress. However, when it comes to the work of Indian Count… Continue Reading


03.01.10

Remarks to Council on Foreign Relations Arctic Roundtable

"Good afternoon. It is my distinct pleasure to be back at the Council on Foreign Relations today to discuss one of my favorite subjects, the Arctic. As all of us in this room are aware, the United States is an Arctic nation because of Alaska. But, what does it mean to be an Arctic nation? I believe that the Federal Government is just waking up to this reality and we are frantically trying to define exactly what that distinction means. In my view, being an Arctic nation means that the United Stat… Continue Reading

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