Murkowski to deliver annual address to Alaska Legislature
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to deliver her annual address to the Alaska Legislature at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Her trip comes just after tension at the federal and state levels of government: a partial government shutdown in Washington D.C. and Alaska’s House of Representatives needing a month to name a permanent House speaker.
The monthlong partial federal government shut down in January prompted Murkowski into co-sponsoring the End Government Shutdowns Act.
At the time, she said: “The ripple effect of a government shutdown has consequences for all Alaskans — most directly on the thousands of federal employees and tens of thousands more that rely on our federal agencies.”
Her visit comes four days after President Trump declared a national emergency when Congress did not give him the funds he sought for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. She also arrives as the state House works to completes its organization by establishing committee leaders and its members.
Murkowski’s speeches historically connect developments in Washington to Alaska and what the delegation is doing to advance the state’s interests.
It will be the first of three addresses to the Legislature this week, as Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger will speak on Wednesday and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan will speak on Thursday.
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