Sen. Murkowski gets more subcommittee assignments

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will serve on subcommittees of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

The subcommittees oversee harbor development, fish and wildlife and wetlands issues.

Murkowski, R-Alaska, also will join subcommittees in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that oversee energy issues and public lands and forests issues.

The assignments, announced Wednesday, are in addition to Murkowski's chairmanship of the panel's subcommittee on water and power, announced earlier this month.

Murkowski, newly appointed to her seat late last year, has been gradually adding duties as the Senate Republicans complete their organization.

On Environment and Public Works, she joins the transportation subcommittee, which handles the annual bill that authorizes federal money to be spent on harbors, dams and other water-related projects.

She will also sit on the fisheries, wildlife and water subcommittee, which oversees legislation affecting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The subcommittee also reviews any proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, the law that requires wetland developers to get permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On the Energy Committee, Murkowski joins two more subcommittees - one that handles energy projects such as the proposed Alaska natural gas line and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and another that handles legislation affecting Alaska's national parks, forests and refuges as well as other public lands.

''Alaska's economic future will involve balancing the needs of the environment with the wise use of these resources, and I look forward to helping shape those policies,'' Murkowski said.



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