Speeches

09.24.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski Offers Amendment on EPA Regulation of Carbon Dioxide

"Mr. President, I believe it is truly unfortunate that we are not allowed to consider this amendment. The amendment I was hoping to be able to bring up and consider is one that would prohibit the use of funds that has the effect of making carbon dioxide a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act for any source other than a mobile source. "It is unfortunate that the majority will not allow us to consider this amendment. The problem it seeks to address is significant. I don't belie… Continue Reading


09.23.09

Remarks to the Council on Competitiveness’ National Energy Summit and International Dialogue

"Good afternoon and thank you for that introduction. And thanks to the Council on Competitiveness for holding this summit. I appreciate the opportunity to spend a few minutes speaking with you about one of the most important debates of our time - the policies that we should pursue to strengthen our energy security and address climate change. "The stakes of this debate are clear and extremely high. Throughout our history, access to abundant and affordable energy has helped ensure America's gro… Continue Reading


08.10.09

Remarks to Commonwealth North

"Hello and thank you for inviting me to speak with you all today. It's great to be here in Anchorage to provide you with an update on health care reform, an issue that has dominated the national and local headlines this summer. And as many of you have seen, this issue is causing very emotionally heated town-hall meetings and debates across the country. "But before we delve into health care reform, I'd like to take a step back and look at the health of the economy and spending by Congress in th… Continue Reading


08.05.09

Remarks on Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Surpeme Court

"Mr. President, a decision as to whether to confirm a President's nominee to the Supreme Court is one of the most significant decisions any of us will make during our Senate careers. The precedents that are established by the U.S. Supreme Court do not merely affect the litigants but the entire fabric of American society, often for centuries. "Justices of the Supreme Court enjoy life tenure. They are not accountable to the President who appointed them or to the Senators who voted to confirm… Continue Reading


06.16.09

Remarks to USEA/Johnson Controls 20th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum

"Thank you for that kind introduction, and for inviting me here today to speak about the important role of energy efficiency in our national energy policy. "Simply put, energy efficiency offers us the quickest and easiest way to improve our energy and environmental policy. "Efficiency provides us with an opportunity for an easy "twofer" - it not only reduces the amount of energy we need, it also cuts the amount of carbon we emit. "Before we sing the praises of efficiency, though, I think it's… Continue Reading


06.01.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski Urges Obama Administration to Expand the Role of Nuclear Power

"Mr. President, several years back--actually, it was further than several years, it was in the early 1990s--there was a popular culture sensation in kids' books. The books were entitled, ''Where's Waldo.'' Those with kids probably remember the books. It was a great way to test your kids' eyes and areas of identification. This was crafted by a gentleman by the name of Martin Hansford. You try to find Waldo with his glasses and his red-and-white striped hat. He would be tucked in on the page… Continue Reading


06.01.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski pays tribue to Lu Young

"Mr. President, my colleague mentioned the passing of a very dear friend. I wish to take a moment this afternoon to also acknowledge the passing of Lu Young. "This is a sad day for us in Alaska as we come to grips with the very sudden passing of Congressman Young 's wife. They have been a team for some 46 years. She died this weekend at their home in Great Falls, VA. She was only 67 years old. "Lu Young was an Athabascan Indian from the village of Fort Yukon. Fort Yukon, you may have seen… Continue Reading


05.20.09

Remarks: Nuclear Energy Institute’s 2009 Nuclear Energy Assembly and Annual Meeting

"Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be with you today. I appreciate the opportunity to join you during your 2009 Nuclear Energy Assembly. Thank you to Marvin Fertel and Alex Flint with NEI for the invitation. "At the end of the last Congress, an incredible proponent and leading voice for the nuclear industry stepped down from public office. I cannot adequately express how important Senator Pete Domenici's leadership was in moving forward the current resurgence of nuclear power in … Continue Reading


05.18.09

Remarks to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease (WomenHeart)

"Good evening and thank you to the WomenHeart Organization for tonight's event and for selecting a beautiful venue here, at the Italian Embassy. This is quite different from the hotels and large podiums that I'm used to. "I want to thank the leadership of the WomenHeart Organization for this award and would like to take this opportunity to recognize my constituents Mary Hicks from Juneau & Sharon Sleater from Soldotna, for making the long journey to Washington to advocate for common sense l… Continue Reading


05.13.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski on David Hayes Nomination

"Mr. President, I appreciate the opportunity to follow my colleague from Utah, as he has so clearly laid out the grounds upon which he has placed a hold on the Department of the Interior nominee, David Hayes. I wish to make a comment at the outset: I don't think that either the Senator from Utah, and certainly not myself, in also placing a hold--this is not a situation where there is disagreement about Mr. Hayes' qualifications. This is not a personal matter or anybody out to get Mr. Hayes, if y… Continue Reading


05.13.09

Remarks to the Consumer Energy Alliance’s Energy Day

"Thank you for that kind introduction. I'd like to thank the Consumer Energy Alliance for inviting me to speak today about America's energy future. It's a pleasure to talk to a group that truly understands the importance of affordable and abundant energy in maintaining a healthy economy. "Energy policy is the base of the strength of our economy, environment and national security. Abundant and affordable energy is what makes the modern lifestyle we all enjoy possible. It's simple enough ¬- e… Continue Reading


05.12.09

Remarks to the ALS Association Celebration of Excellence Breakfast

"Good morning and thank you to the ALS Association for putting together today's event. I'm humbled to be in your company this morning to accept this award on behalf of all the good work you all have done. So together today, we celebrate our huge victory on passage of the ALS Registry Act. "For those of us in this room with ALS, who care for a loved one with ALS, and to those we've lost to ALS, I personally want to thank you for your work in helping us pass the ALS Registry Act. It wasn't easy,… Continue Reading


04.20.09

Remarks to Youth Service America

"Senator Wofford, thank you very much. It is an honor to receive the Wofford Public Official Award, and especially to receive it from you, one of those who were responsible for establishing both the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. You have demonstrated your deep commitment to public service for many years. "I would like to also thank Ken Bartels, Chairman of Youth Service America; Alma Powell, Chair of America's Promise Alliance; the representatives of State Farm who are here today; and the board… Continue Reading


03.30.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski Introduces Bill to Create a National Volcano Monitoring System

"Mr. President, today I am rising to talk about an issue that has captivated my constituents in the State of Alaska. We have got a mountain that is erupting. Mount Redoubt, which is located about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage, our largest community, has been more than active in the past week or so generating a great deal of press, a great deal of interest, and a considerable amount of impact in my State. So I wanted to take a few minutes this afternoon to talk about what is happening up North… Continue Reading


03.25.09

Remarks to the National Federation of Republican Women

"Hello and thank you for inviting me to join you today - and talk about all the interesting things going on in Washington these days. Not only do you all have your careers and families to care for, but you've also made time to do your civic duty and be leaders in your communities. I know of no better organization that allows Republican women this opportunity than the National Federation of Republican Women. Know that I am grateful to be with you all today. "As of late, AIG has been stealing… Continue Reading


03.18.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski Congratulates Lance Mackey and His Team on Winning the Iditarod

"Madam President, my colleague from Oklahoma has given me a fine lead-in this evening to rise and tell an amazing story of an Alaskan dog musher named Lance Mackey and the story of his dog teams that carried him to yet another recordbreaking victory today in the toughest race on Earth, and that is the Iditarod. "The story of Lance Mackey is not only amazing because of his skill and his determination in the sport of dog mushing, but Lance Mackey has also overcome some very incredible personal ch… Continue Reading


03.17.09

National Commission on Energy Policy's New Energy for America Summit

"Thank you for that introduction, and for the opportunity to speak with you this morning. "A special thanks to the Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Center on Energy Policy, and all who are here to participate in this conference. I appreciate your commitment to bipartisanship and your focus on energy. As leaders and experts in this field, you will play a key role in shaping many of the policies considered during the 111th Congress. "The importance of your involvement is hard to overstat… Continue Reading


03.13.09

Remarks on the NOAA-EVOS 20th Anniversary Event

"We are here to remember an event that happened almost 20 years ago. At 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, carrying over 53 million gallons of crude oil, failed to turn back into the shipping lane after detouring to avoid ice, and ran aground on Bligh Reef. Alaskans will never forget that morning, waking up to hear about the worst oil spill in U.S. history and living with the lasting impacts it has had on our State and residents. "The National Transportation Safety Board inve… Continue Reading


03.03.09

Murkowski Statement at Smart Grid Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today gave the following opening statement at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Smart Grid initiatives and technology: Good morning. Thank you all for being here today. And thank you to Chairman Bingaman for convening this hearing on the timely topic of Smart Grid. The term "Smart Grid," like "shovel ready" and "green jobs" is now part of our lexicon. Millions of people saw GE's Smart Grid commercial du… Continue Reading


02.27.09

Floor Speech: Murkowski Introduces ANWR Directional Drilling Legislation

"Mr. President, I rise today to introduce legislation that I believe represents a true compromise to end a three-decade dispute over oil development in northern Alaska. Today, I am introducing legislation that would permit oil and gas to be siphoned from underneath the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska but without there being any permanent roads, wells, buildings, pipelines, or structures erected that may interrupt the beauty of the Coastal Plain. "Today, I… Continue Reading

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