Morning Headlamp — Murkowski Scrambles to Make Strides in Final Two Weeks of Congress

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is still working on her committee’s energy bill through the final two weeks of this session. “While neither of us supports every provision in this proposal, it is the result of good faith bipartisan negotiations, it encompasses the broad range of work that can be completed this year, and it balances competing preferences for energy and resource policy that will remain just as strong in the next Congress,”  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wrote. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 would be the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade, but the House and Senate versions have been split by controversial provisions and the White House has previously threatened a veto.

Empty-handed for now. According to KTVA, Gov. Bill walker’s trip to Asia went well, but he did not return with any contracts. “It’s the same process every other project in the world is using, you sit down with the market,” Walker said in an interview Wednesday. “You know, some in the market have never heard of this project before.” “The major direction is to avoid nuclear and to move to renewable energy if possible,” REI COO Tori Ishihara said. “But as many people know, renewable energy economic-wise [does] not make so much sense I think they are still struggling.”

Stepping up to the plate. Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett will lead the new House GOP minority in next year’s legislative session, members announced Wednesday. Millett had been hoping to be the next House speaker if the chamber remained under Republican leadership. Another member of the GOP minority leadership is Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler, who will have the newly created post of “floor leader.”


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