Sen. Murkowski Addresses the Legislature
On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski addressed the House and Senate in a joint floor session. In her speech, she highlighted the need for bipartisanship in the Legislature as well as Congress, citing the recent Trump impeachment trial as an example of dangerous factionism that threatens to harm our governmental institutions.
Sen. Murkowsksi also highlighted the need for continued bipartisan efforts to improve public safety in Alaska, particularly in rural communities. She thanked the legislature for our efforts to improve public safety and noted additional efforts at the federal level to address rural public safety issues, stressing the need for continued partnership with tribes to make rural communities safer.
When discussing climate change, Sen. Murkowski remarked that “it’s not about what is happening, it’s about what we plan on doing about it,” and she shared her plans to introduce a clean energy bill soon. Our senior senator also discussed a series of federal-level projects to promote Arctic security and strengthen Alaska fisheries. She continues to support responsible resource development and noted Alaska's comparatively small development footprint and the world's continued dependence on oil and gas. Finally, Sen. Murkowski identified nuclear energy as a viable alternative source of energy with the potential to power rural communities that are currently dependent on oil and gas with zero emissions.