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Murkowski, Young to Represent Alaska’s Interests on 1002 Area, Tax Reform

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was selected today to serve on the Conference Committee for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The conference committee will reconcile House and Senate legislation to reform the tax code and open a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area in northeast Alaska to responsible energy development.

“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.”

Republican Conferees

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

Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote Title II of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which establishes an environmentally protective oil and gas development program in a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported the title on a bipartisan basis on November 15, 2017. The House passed its motion to go to conference on H.R. 1 and appointed conferees on Monday, December 4.