Articles & Op-eds

02.15.24

Alaska Beacon: In annual address to Alaska Legislature, Murkowski points to ‘hope on the horizon’

by James Brooks

Alaska is behind the rest of the country on housing, education and child care, Alaska’s senior senator told the Alaska Legislature on Thursday. “But when you step back, you step back and look at things, there’s a lot going well in our state right now,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Murkowski’s annual address to the Legislature “was a downer in some places,” the senator told reporters afterward, but sought to emphasize good things that have been overlooked as the state focuses on its prob… Continue Reading


02.07.24

KINY: Murkowski, Gillibrand Call on HHS Secretary to Support Head Start Impacted by Workforce Shortages, Enrollment Challenges

by KINY

Recently, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on him to waive the full enrollment initiative penalty for Head Start programs who have not met their enrollment numbers due to challenges recruiting and retaining staff amid workforce shortages. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Head Start programs across the country have faced unprecedented staffing challenges. In response, the O… Continue Reading


01.19.24

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Murkowski, Padilla Introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

by Katie Stavick

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Alex Padilla of California, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) through Fiscal Year 2028, on Wednesday. If passed, the bill would authorize a total of $175.4 million per year from FY 2024-2028 across the four federal agencies responsible for long-term earthquake risk reduction under NEHRP: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST… Continue Reading


12.11.23

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Senators Murkowski, Schatz lead Oversight Hearing on Federal Resources to address Fentanyl in Native communities

by Katie Stavick

Second Hearing Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i led an oversight hearing titled, “Fentanyl in Native Communities: Federal Perspectives on Addressing the Growing Crisis,” a continuation of the Committee’s oversight work on fentanyl. “Our hearing last month was important - not just for our work in this Committee and Congress, but also for the Executive Branch - to better understand the situation on the ground and inform our next steps. That’s why today’s hearing … Continue Reading


11.24.23

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: $150 million to Alaska Native villages for green energy, climate resilience

by Staff Report

Federally recognized Tribes in Alaska will receive $150 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for clean energy projects and climate resilience initiatives to address environmental and climate justice challenges. “I am glad to see this dedication of at least $150 million to address contaminated lands, pollution reduction and climate adaptation in Alaska,” U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola said in a press release. “This is an important step in improving the quality of life of many Alaska Nat… Continue Reading


11.02.23

KUCB: $43.3 million in federal funds to go towards Cold Bay dock replacement

by Theo Greenly

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan announced Tuesday that seven communities across the state will receive the funds as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The grant money is designated for projects ranging from Arctic port development in Nome to a breakwater replacement in Metlakatla. Cold Bay is slated to receive $43.3 million, the most money by far for any of these projects. The community of around 50 people used to be the home of Thornbrough Air Force Base, and p… Continue Reading


10.30.23

KYUK: Feds award $19M in grants for Alaskans facing high energy costs

by Sunni Bean

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has allocated just over $19 million to help Alaskans facing high energy costs. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in a Wednesday statement that over $11 million is coming from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. That money is intended to help low income households lower their energy bills this winter. The other $8 million is aimed at helping tribes in Alaska with high energy costs. LIHEAP is a congressionally funded pro… Continue Reading


10.15.23

Common Dreams: Factory Fish Farming Threatens Fishermen and Farmers - But New Legislation Could Change That

by Anthony Pahnke

Farmers neither milk cows with nets, nor harvest vegetables with rods. And fishermen neither scatter seeds in the oceans, nor catch fish with sickles. Despite our differences, something we do share is a common threat from the expansion of industrial fish farming and big agribusiness. More specifically, the expansion of industrial fish farming provides an increasingly profitable outlet for large-scale agriculture corporations to market surplus grains like soy and corn as “fish feed.” Such devel… Continue Reading


10.09.23

Alaska Public Media: Alaska leaders condemn attack on Israel

by Chris Klint

Alaska’s congressional delegation and governor have condemned Hamas militants’ weekend surprise attack on Israel, saying they support both Israel’s right to defend itself and U.S. aid to do so. Early Saturday morning, Hamas fired more than 3,000 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, then launched an air, land and sea assault that government officials said left more than 700 Israelis dead. The Associated Press reported that militants have also taken about 130 captives, with Palestinian official… Continue Reading


10.06.23

Cordova Times: Murkowski urges suspending federal funds for Canadian transboundary watershed projects

by Margaret Bauman

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is urging the Biden administration to suspend any U.S. assistance to Canadian mining projects until environmental protections are established for transboundary wild salmon rivers flowing into Southeast Alaska.  In a letter to President Biden sent on Sept. 15, and released publicly on Sept. 26, Murkowski urged Biden “not to allocate any U.S. funding to Canadian projects in the transboundary watershed in general, and to withhold all U.S. support for [mining] project… Continue Reading


10.05.23

Alaska Public Media: Alaska’s U.S. senators pair help for Ukraine with border funds

by Liz Ruskin

One of the fault lines dividing Congress is whether to continue aid for Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia. A number of hard-right Republicans say no, and they say they’re willing to shut down the government over it. Alaska’s Republican senators aren’t among them. Sen. Dan Sullivan wants to reframe aid for Ukraine by deemphasizing the Ukraine part. “It’s not Ukraine. What I’ve been trying to do is make the case that it’s defeating authoritarian aggression,” he said Wednesday as he boarde… Continue Reading


10.02.23

Water Power Magazine: US Senators Murkowski and Sullivan propose legislation to boost hydropower upgrades

by Water Power


09.29.23

Anchorage Daily News: Congress passes protections for school hunting and archery programs

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON — Congress overwhelmingly passed protections for archery and hunting education in schools after lawmakers, including the Alaska delegation, protested federal guidance that they said threatened the programs. Members of Congress raised concerns about U.S. Education Department guidance prohibiting dangerous weapons in schools, arguing it endangered hunting and archery education programs. The language in the Education Department’s guidance drew from the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities … Continue Reading


09.16.23

Ketchikan Daily News: OPINION: Traveling the Alaska way

by Lisa Murkowski

The night before my team and I were scheduled to fly from Juneau to Haines on Seaplanes with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, I did something I’ve never done before when traveling in Southeast. I wished for rain and wind. I secretly hoped our flights would be grounded so the secretary would get a real taste of transportation in our state, where we often have to pivot to Plans B and C to get where we’re going. As luck and weather would have it, my prayers were quickly answ… Continue Reading


09.15.23

Alaska politicians remain optimistic about AK LNG even as overseas market cools

by By Riley Board, KDLL

The long-sought Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas project (AK LNG) would bring natural gas from the North Slope down an 800-mile pipeline to Nikiski, where it would be liquefied, then shipped to Japan and South Korea. Versions of the project have been discussed for decades, but a huge price tag has meant slow progress. Alaska officials promote the pipeline as a way for allies in Asia to end their dependence on Russian natural gas. Prominent Alaska politicians remain optimistic, even after a July Wal… Continue Reading


09.14.23

Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Alaska’s Farm Bill promises to safeguard our oceans and fishing families By Linda Behnken

by Linda Behnken

I first came to Sitka in 1982, driven by a love for wildness. I took up fishing to earn college money, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that the well-being of Alaska’s wild, pristine environment is directly tied to the stewardship of local fishing communities. My passion for Alaska’s oceans led me to become an advocate for sustainable fisheries. I still earn my living fishing, and I am now the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. My family’s livelihood, an… Continue Reading


09.12.23

Alaska News Source: Lawmakers push back on Department of Education’s interpretation of Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

by Georgina Fernandez

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska lawmakers are pushing back on the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, with concerns that its interpretation of the legislation is erroneous. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who initially voted for the act, joined 17 other lawmakers in writing a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, stating that, “Unfortunately, and contrary to Congressional intent, the Department of Education (”the Department”) has mis… Continue Reading


09.12.23

Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: Empowering Alaska’s communities through effective leadership

by Carol Ashlock

As an Anchorage-based businesswoman who is deeply invested in the success of our state, I feel compelled to shine a light on the leadership of our two U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. In an era where collaboration and bipartisanship are often overshadowed by political grandstanding, their work continues to shine brightly. Much like the late Sen. Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young, they demonstrate a loyal commitment to Alaskans through initiatives and investments that prioritiz… Continue Reading


09.06.23

Alaska Public Media: A new e-waste program is recycling tons of batteries from rural Alaska

by Michael Fanelli

The organizers of a new initiative that retrieves e-waste from across rural Alaska report they collected and recycled over 145,000 pounds of lead-acid batteries from 45 communities last year. Backhaul Alaska is an idea from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and now receives federal grant money from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to address the challenge of getting hazardous waste out of remote Alaska communities. Reilly Kosinski works for… Continue Reading


09.05.23

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: EPA administrator makes push to help ANCSA land cleanup

by Jack Barnwell

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency completed an Alaska tour Friday with a stopover in Fairbanks to announce large grants to three Alaska Native Corporations aimed at cleaning up contaminated lands conveyed at the time of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s Alaska tour was the latest in the agency’s national Journey to Justice campaign, an initiative launched in 2021 to highlight how marginalized and low-income communities suffer from environmental… Continue Reading

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