Speeches

09.27.07

Senator Murkowski Addresses Law of the Sea Treaty During Foreign Relations Hearing

Mr. Chairman - thank you for holding this hearing and the opportunity to comment on a treaty that is of particular importance to Alaska. Some of my colleagues may not be aware, but over half of the United States' coastline is in Alaska. Likewise, the Arctic Ocean covers only 3% of the earth's surface, yet it accounts for over 25% of the world's continental shelf area. So when we are considering a Treaty that governs the planet's oceans and the ocean floor, the people of Alaska hav… Continue Reading


09.09.07

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Speech to the U.S. Senate

I rise today to honor this Sunday, September 9th, National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day which recognizes those individuals born with a continuum of serious, life-long disorders caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol, which include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcohol-Related Neuro-developmental Disorders, and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects. Forty Thousand children are born every year with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and are subject to a lifetime of cognitive and behavioral impairments. … Continue Reading


07.19.07

Senator Murkowski's Iraq Hearing Statement

Mr. Ambassador, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to make yourself available to the Committee for this hearing. The Senate has spent a great number of hours this week discussing where we as a nation are in terms of our strategy for Iraq and what kind of progress is being achieved. I'm not sure that we resolved anything other than that there remains many divergent views on our continued military presence in Iraq. The interim report issued by the President on July 12 und… Continue Reading


07.19.07

Senator Murkowski's Statement Upon Election as Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Mr. Chairman, more than a month has passed since our colleagues and all of Indian Country awakened to the news that Senator Craig Thomas, the Vice Chairman of this committee left us. It is a tribute to Senator Thomas' leadership and respect in Indian Country that weeks after Craig was put to rest the tribal leaders who appear before this committee continue to express their shock at his sudden loss and extend their condolences to his family. Each of us on the dais has a sl… Continue Reading


07.10.07

Impact Of An Ice-Diminished Arctic On Naval And Maritime Operations

Thank you for inviting me to speak at the symposium today. I believe this meeting is the first time that we have convened such a broad group of experts both from within and outside of the government to discuss the implications of an accessible Arctic Ocean. I am honored to be here today to speak to you today about such an important topic. "Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic" was the name of a symposium held here in Washington D.C. in April of 2001. At that time the symposi… Continue Reading


06.06.07

National Network to End Domestic Violence Breakfast

Good morning and thank you to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for putting together today's event to help bring greater awareness to the issues of domestic and sexual violence. I would like to thank you all for your being here today and for bringing a voice to the countless unheard victims of these horrendous crimes. Many of you have traveled long distances from your homes and your families to share with Representatives and Senators your knowledge and experience working with the vic… Continue Reading


05.29.07

Reducing Future Energy Costs: One Key to A Vibrant Export Future for Alaska

It is truly a pleasure to be speaking to the members of the Alaska Export Council this year for a host of reasons. First, it is pleasure to be in a room with a bunch of positive, can-do folks. Second, it is always good for an elected office holder to speak to a group when they are happy, and after your performance in 2006, most everyone in this room should be very happy. 2006 was a record year for you and Alaska. It was the year when the value of Alaska's exports grew more … Continue Reading


05.17.07

Speech to the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Society

Thank you to the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Society for Women's Health Research for putting together this event today and to Sally Field for her efforts to bring greater awareness to osteoporosis issues. I would like to thank you all for being here today and spending time in DC, for many of you away from your homes and your families to serve as advocates for bone health and osteoporosis prevention. The National Osteoporosis Foundation theme for 2007 is "Osteoporosis. It's Beatable… Continue Reading


02.27.07

Address to National Congress of American Indians

President Garcia, Tribal Leaders, Elders and Friends. Good morning. It is an honor and a pleasure to be with you once again and to update you on my work on behalf of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples. I would also like to extend a special welcome to my friends from Alaska. The Alaska Federation of Natives estimates that 21 percent of our State's population is Alaska Native. Alaska's population is now about 670,000 people. I understand that Alaska has a… Continue Reading


02.22.07

Address to Alaska State Legislature

Speaker Harris, President Green, members of the Alaska Legislature, thank you for the invitation to be with you today. • It is wonderful to be back with many of you with which I had the privilege to serve. I commend you for your dedication to your constituents and for continuing to work to make our state the best place to live and raise a family. I also look out and see many new faces in the crowd. I thank each of you for stepping up and accepting the challenge of public servi… Continue Reading


01.29.07

Testimony on Climate Change

Madame Chairman (woman), Ranking Member Inhofe, thank you so much for the opportunity to appear before you. It is a pleasure to be back among you all today; who says you can't go home. I appreciate the opportunity to offer my perspectives as Alaska - America's only Arctic state -will be uniquely affected by climate change if trends continue like they have in the recent past. Alaska also will be uniquely impacted, since Alaskans, to ward off the long winter's cold, are among the … Continue Reading


11.13.06

Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective

I have learned when talking about my home state of Alaska not to make the assumption that "outsiders" actually understand the north. And I do not use that term in a disparaging way. Alaska is far removed geographically from the rest of the United States as well as mentally. So given that, let me give some background with my apologies to those of you who are already familiar with Alaska, the Great Land. Alaska is nearly 600,000 square miles, which is one-fifth the size of the Cont… Continue Reading


10.28.06

AFN Conference

President Kitka, Chiefs, Respected Elders and Delegates. In 2003, I had the opportunity to address this convention for the first time as a United States Senator. I pledged to that convention that I would be a Senator who listened to the people. To me that means more than an annual appearance at the AFN Convention. It means visiting with our Native people in the places that they live. When we come together in Anchorage we focus on the issues of statewide import. Many of those i… Continue Reading


06.14.06

U.S. Approach for Six-Party Talks

Thank you for the invitation to be with you today. I appreciate this opportunity to speak for a little bit on my thoughts regarding North Korea and the six-party talks. This past January, I was able to travel to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing. It was a short, but active trip, and I had the opportunity to meet with many dignitaries, including President Roh of South Korea, Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister Taro Aso, and Wu Bangguo, Chairman of China's National People's Congress… Continue Reading


02.23.06

World Trade Center Alaska Remarks

Thank you for the invitation to be with you today. I would particularly like to thank Greg Wolf for putting this event together, and also for agreeing to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs when we held a field hearing here in Anchorage this past December. As many of you know, I had the opportunity to travel to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing in mid- January. It was my first trip to the region in my capacity as chair of that subcommi… Continue Reading


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

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