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Budget pressure mounts on Senate Appropriations Committee

Budget pressure mounts on Senate Appropriations Committee

It’s quiet in the U.S. Capitol these days, but the pressure is on one groups of lawmakers – the appropriators – among them Alaska’s two senators, Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich.

Alaska may get 8 military cargo planes

Alaska may get 8 military cargo planes

The planes are C-23 Sherpas and they are beloved by National Guardsmen around the country who flew them. The twin-engine Sherpa looks like a flying box and can hold more than 20 paratroopers.

Obama’s ACA ‘fix’ will be tricky to implement in Alaska

Obama’s ACA ‘fix’ will be tricky to implement in Alaska

President Obama said yesterday insurers can continue offering the plans they intended to cancel as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Murkowski says sequestration jeopardizing national defense

Murkowski says sequestration jeopardizing national defense

The country could face a second round of automatic budget cuts if Congress can’t agree on a spending plan by year’s end.

Senate passes anti-discrimination bill

Senate passes anti-discrimination bill

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to ban workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Measure to combat sexual assault would limit military commanders’ power

Measure to combat sexual assault would limit military commanders’ power

A group of U.S. senators, including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, is pressing to strip military commanders of the authority to decide how to handle accusations of rape within their units.

Murkowski misses vote on anti-discrimination bill

Murkowski misses vote on anti-discrimination bill

Monday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move ahead with a bill to protect gay people from workplace discrimination.

Murkowski meets with FEMA about Galena flooding response

Murkowski meets with FEMA about Galena flooding response

Sen. Lisa Murkowski met this week with federal officials investigating FEMA’s response to this year’s flooding in Galena.

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

Congress usually passes a few hundred bills a year. So far this year it has passed only 46.

Congress extends timber country payments one year

Congress extends timber country payments one year

Congress has passed a one-year extension of a program that pays out millions of dollars to communities in Alaska near national forest land, like Petersburg.