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Murkowski Morning Meeting, 1/23/2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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U.S. Senate Events 

The Search for Answers on Benghazi

Questions still remain unanswered about the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, and Senator Murkowski is among those looking for clarity.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss “the Obama administration’s shifting explanation for the … attack, and whether those varied scenarios amounted to a cover-up.” Three State Department officials have already resigned over faulty security procedures at the Consulate.

Hearing Headlines:

5:00am AKDT

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

Topic: “Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned”

Testimony from:

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

(Secretary of State Clinton “It is our job to figure out what happened.” – Click image to watch video)

You can watch the entire hearing online by clicking HERE.

Bipartisan Keystone Pipeline Push

Every American believes in the need for jobs and improved United States energy independence.  Senator Murkowski has long been a supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline – including the 20,000 jobs it would create.  Yesterday, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the project through his state avoiding sensitive lands and aquifers with only one last approval needed for the project: the White House.  Today Senator Murkowski will join several of her Senate colleagues and urge President Obama to allow the project to move forward.

10:30am AKDT

Senate Radio and TV Gallery

Topic: “Keystone XL Pipeline”

Also scheduled to speak:

  • Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)           
  • Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
  • Senator Mark Pryor (R-AR)
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
  • Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

Footage and information will be posted on Senator Murkowski’s website later today.

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