Senator Murkowski Leaves Alaskans Out in the Cold
Senator Votes to Move Forward on Tax Increases

Washington, DC – Today, Senator Murkowski (R-AK), voted with Harry Reid and against taxpayers in Alaska, by voting for cloture on the substitute energy bill that would have raised taxes on domestic energy companies.

This vote would have paved the way for a massive tax increase on American consumers. Had cloture succeeded, the Senate would have been able to move forward, without debate, on a tax increase and mandate-laden energy bill. Incorporated in the bill was a $22 billion tax provision, including a $13 billion tax increase on domestic energy companies.

“By voting to advance the energy bill, Senator Murkowski clearly signaled she supports raising taxes on Alaska’s oil industry,” stated Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, “Additionally, Senator Murkowski potentially paved the way for a vote to decrease the value of thousands of Alaskan’s 401(k) plans, retirement plans and pension funds, which are invested in publicly-traded energy companies.”

The Senate rejected cloture by a vote of 59-40. As a result the tax provision was stricken from the legislation. As stands, the energy legislation includes mandated increases in renewable fuel production and a 40 percent increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy. “I strongly urge Alaskan’s to call Senator Murkowski to express their disappointment in the Senator’s failure to act in the best interest of her constituents,” continued Norquist.