Two of Alaska's three members of Congress will have key seats at the table as the Senate and House try to work out their differences on the tax reform bill.

On Wednesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of eight Republican senators selected to serve on the conference committee reconciling the GOP's tax bills, along with other lawmakers including Alaska's Rep. Don Young

The Senate's version of the bill allows oil exploration in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which the House version does not.

Murkowski thanked other lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for their roles in helping get ANWR drilling through the Senate. 

“I’m grateful to Leader McConnell and my colleagues for the opportunity to represent Alaska and the nation as we bring this important bill through the last parts of the legislative process,” Murkowski said. “I’m very confident that we will quickly reach agreement to provide tax relief to families and job creators while strengthening the long-term energy security of our nation. With Congressman Young representing the House of Representatives on our energy provisions, Alaskans will have a very strong voice at the table to ensure this bill crosses the finish line.”

Other Republican senators assigned to the committee include:

  • Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee
  • John Cornyn, R-Texas  
  • John Thune, R-S.D.
  • Rob Portman, R-Ohio    
  • Tim Scott, R-S.C. 
  • Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa

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