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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, to join U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the committee, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium, an annual Arctic policy conference of leaders and representatives from across the region. During the conference, Chairman Manchin highlighted the Arctic’s important role in our energy and national security and called on leaders from across the region to work together to ensure Arctic security remains a top priority.
“I was honored to be welcomed to Alaska by my dear friend Senator Lisa Murkowski to participate in this critical conference on Arctic security. As Russia and China expand their military and economic ties in the Arctic, the United States must be proactive in convening our allies in the region and NATO to make Arctic security a top priority. Together, we must respond to new opportunities and challenges to secure a strong strategic presence across the Arctic. This includes taking the appropriate steps to unlock the full potential of the region’s vast natural resources to reinforce our capacity to deny any nation the ability to use energy and supply chain dependencies against the United States and our allies. As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to work with my dear friend Senator Murkowski and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance all-of-the-above energy policies that strengthen America’s energy and national security and promote global peace and stability,” said Chairman Manchin.