Articles & Op-eds


KTVA: New bill brings national attention to cases of missing, murdered Native women and girls

by Angela Krenzien

Alaska's senior senator has introduced legislation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto reintroduced Savanna's Act, according to a release from Murkowski's office Monday. Savanna's Act aims to increase coordination among law enforcement agencies, including data collection and information sharing, and empower tribal governments with the resources they need to handle cases. Murkowski says she's proud t… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski championed bipartisan shutdown deal accepted by president

by Alex DeMarban

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this week championed the bipartisan deal that President Donald Trump on Friday said he would accept to end the longest federal government shutdown in history, the same day that 800,000 federal workers missed their second straight paycheck. It was a familiar spot for Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has found herself in the middle of other major congressional conflicts - including when she joined moderate Republicans in 2017 refusing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Speaking … Continue Reading


KTUU: Sen. Murkowski apologizes to federal workers affected by shutdown

by Alexis Fernandez

Alaska's senior senator says the partial government shutdown "served no purpose," and "nobody won." Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) posted a video to her YouTube page apologizing to Alaskans who have been affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. "I offer an apology to them, to those who have been impacted so directly by this shutdown, it should not have happened, and my goal is to make sure it doesn't happen to you again," Sen. Murkowski said. Sen. Murkowski says she is support… Continue Reading


It’s time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

by Lisa Murkowski and Ben Cardin

Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, represents Alaska in the Senate. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, represents Maryland in the Senate. Men and women should be treated equally under the law. It seems pretty basic, right? As we approach the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, it comes as a shock to so many that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections as men. We come from different ends of the political spectrum, but we agree that this needs to change. Women compos… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: LETTER: Fighting Alzheimer’s

by Cindy Harris

To the editor: The Alzheimer's Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans and 7,500 Alaskans living with Alzheimer's disease. There are more than 16 million caregivers in America and 33,000 caregivers in our beautiful state of Alaska. As an advocate, it is my honor to represent them. Congress just passed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act with a strong bipartisan vote. I want to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Youn… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Murkowski, Sullivan say they are committed to reopening government

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted yes Thursday on both bills that aimed to reopen the government agencies that have been closed for more than one month. Alaska GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan voted in favor of the Republican-backed legislation and against the Democrats' bill. Both measures failed to reach the 60-vote threshold required to end debate and advance to a final vote. Murkowski, elected to her third six-year term in 2016, was one of six Republicans to vote in favor of the Democrats' … Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski to revive bill intended to help Native women

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she plans to reintroduce a bill intended to help solve crimes against Native Americans. The bill received unanimous Senate approval after being introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp but was blocked by the outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte said he agreed with the intent of Heitkamp's bill, which sought to expand tribal access to federal crime databases, set standards for law enforcement's response to cases of … Continue Reading


KTUU: Alaska's Senators, Congressman weigh in on end of government shutdown

by Kortnie Horazdovsky

Alaska's Congressional delegation members are weighing in on today's announced deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Alaska's Senators, who agreed on one of the Senate's failed Thursday proposals and split on the other, are glad to see the shutdown end, but say the hard work is not over. Rep. Don Young is also glad to see the "destructive" shutdown end, and looks forward to long-term solutions. "While this was not the proposal I voted for yesterday, for the sake of our federal… Continue Reading


Fiscal Times: Earmarks Could Make a Comeback, Under a New Name

by Michael Rainey

Now that they're back in charge of the House, some Democrats are pushing for the return of earmarks, which allow lawmakers to direct money to specific projects, The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports. The revival is driven in part by concerns that Congress has given up too much authority to the president by allowing executive agencies to determine spending priorities. Earmarks also make it easier for lawmakers to make deals and support bipartisan legislation, some experts say. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver… Continue Reading


Indian Country Today: Tribes come together in a challenge Indian Child Welfare decision

by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Law was designed to give Native children "equal rights and human rights" A defending argument for the Indian Child Welfare Act was released last week with widespread support from 325 tribes, 57 organizations, 31 child welfare organizations and seven members of Congress. The legal brief asks the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a higher court, to look at the Brackeen v. Zinke decision of a lower court, the Northern District of Texas. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor said last October that t… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski, Sullivan make pleas to pay Coast Guard during partial government shutdown

by Dave Leval

"This isn't a natural disaster, this is a man-made disaster," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as she spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate Saturday in support of the Coast Guard, especially in Alaska. "When they say that we're a Coast Guard town, Kodiak is truly, truly a Coast Guard town," Murkowski said during her 25-minute speech. She says nearly 1,100 Coast Guard personnel are assigned to Kodiak. They account for about one-third of the area's economy. "Right now, Persian Gulf, Mar… Continue Reading


KTVA: Alaskans mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with giving

On Monday, some Alaskans got a day off from work in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr., but others considered it a day "on," dedicated to public service in the slain civil rights leader's name. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski reflected on King's legacy from Washington, D.C. "Dr. King led a courageous fight against prejudice and discrimination, changing hearts and minds across the country," she said. "His unwavering mission to bring equality and a more civilized society to the U… Continue Reading


The Hill: New momentum for Equal Rights Amendment

by Lydia Wheeler

Equal rights for women could soon be enshrined in the Constitution. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) almost 47 years ago to establish gender equality under the law, and state support is closing in on clearing a crucial obstacle. The Virginia Senate passed a resolution last week to ratify the ERA, which would make gender equality the law of the land. If the House follows suit, the commonwealth would become the 38th state needed for ratification. The proposal was rejected 4-2 by… Continue Reading


KTVA: 'Have a voice:' Murkowski addresses Natives' Arctic priorities

by Jennifer Summers

Alaska's senior senator spoke to Alaska Native leaders in Washington D.C. at the Alaska Federation of Natives' Alaska Day event Thursday. The event was part of a two-day briefing with Native leaders, military officials, Cabinet officials and Alaska's congressional delegation. During the briefing, Sen. Lisa Murkowski discussed the important role of Congress in working to address issues surrounding Alaska and the Arctic. She talked about working with Alaska's Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders

by Erica Werner, Sean Sullivan and Damian Paletta

A new bipartisan group of rank-and-file senators has formed to discuss how to end the weeks-long government shutdown, with talks between congressional leaders and the White House at a standstill. But unless President Trump and Democratic leaders find common ground, it's unclear what the rank-and-file talks could yield, and even some participants were downbeat after the group held its first meeting late Monday afternoon in the basement of the Capitol. About a dozen lawmakers were in attendance,… Continue Reading


Oil & Gas 360: ANWR, Unfinished Energy Biz Top Senate To Do List

Against the backdrop of a bitter government shutdown, the new bipartisan leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are forging ahead with setting the panel's agenda for the 116th Congress, huddling this week to talk business before landing at a house party hosted by former ENR Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Following their first meeting this year as chairwoman and ranking member, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said the committee's first order of busin… Continue Reading


KFGO: Heitkamp continues to push Congress to pass Savanna's Act

Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is still trying to get Congress to pass Savanna's Act even though she's left office. The bill would would improve crime databases and start reporting missing and murdered indigenous people. The National Crime Information Center says there were more than 5,700 reports of killed or missing Native American women and girls in the United States in 2016. Only 116 cases were logged into a Department of Justice database. "In many times, the expectations of fami… Continue Reading


POPville: “This bill is a win-win for the District and the federal government by allowing the rehabilitation of a major NPS-owned park in downtown D.C.”

by Prince of Petworth

From a press release: "Norton Announces Senate Lands Package Includes Her Bill to Allow D.C. to Work with NPS to Make Improvements to Franklin Park Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that a federal lands package introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) contains Norton's bill that clarifies that the District of Columbia and the National Park Service (NPS) have the authority to enter into cooperative management agreements … Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both

by Liz Ruskin

Like most Republicans in Congress, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young are sticking with President Trump, who says he'll let the partial government shutdown continue until he gets money to build a wall, or a steel barrier, on the southern border. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she's pulled in two directions. "I've got a lot of people who are saying 'Lisa, you've got to stand with the president. You've got to stand strong on this. Because we need to have border security,'" she said… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Murkowski co-sponsors Senate bill to end shutdown

by Erin McGroarty

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski continued her push against the government shutdown Friday in co-sponsoring the End Government Shutdowns Act with a group of fellow Republican senators. The legislation would end the shutdown and work to permanently avoid future government shutdowns by creating an automatic continuing resolution for any regular appropriations bills or existing resolutions, thus allowing the federal government to remain open even when budget negotiations falter before key spe… Continue Reading

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