Articles & Op-eds


Anchorage Daily News: Op-Ed: Sexual assault survivors deserve better care

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

Stories such as Jane's keep me up at night. The loss and despair that accompanies a survivor's trauma makes my stomach churn. The first of many times that Jane's sense of safety and familiarity was taken away from her was at age 13, when she was sexually assaulted. Jane grew up in a small, beautiful village off the road system. The village of just over 250 people, similar in size to more than a hundred communities across rural Alaska. For Jane, it began one night while she was sleeping. A dru… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: New state-federal effort, endorsed by Murkowski, is aimed at curbing destructive wildfires

by Erica Martinson

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday to announce a plan for collaboration between states and the U.S. Forest Service that they hope will help prevent devastating wildfires across the West. Alaska has not had a particularly notable year for fires, but massive fires continue to rage across the western United States. "I flew through Seattle yesterday. … You could taste the smoke in the air and you could see it all throughout not only in Seattle,… Continue Reading


KSFK: U.S. Coast Guard Commandant visits Petersburg

by Angela Denning

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz, paid a short visit to Petersburg Aug. 10. Also visiting was the 17th Coast Guard District Commander Rear Admiral Matthew Bell and U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mike Enzi of Wyoming. KFSK's Angela Denning reports: The visit was a short one with little fanfare. The leadership was on the ground for two and half hours, just long enough to tour the town's two coast guard ships and visit their crew. There were no public m… Continue Reading


KRBD: Tazlina christened at Ketchikan shipyard

by Leila Kheiry

The Alaska Marine Highway System's newest ferry Tazlina is the first state-owned ferry ever built in Alaska. During a ceremony Saturday on board the vessel, Ketchikan residents and state officials gathered for the ferry's christening ceremony. The ferry's car deck was packed with people eager to see the new vessel, built in Ketchikan's Vigor Alaska shipyard. Most of those attending were local residents, with visiting state officials sprinkled in the audience and up on stage. As appropriate fo… Continue Reading


Sitka Sentinel: Murkowski Tells Sitka Of Bipartisan Success

by Shannon Haugland

Securing the northern border of America with a "moving wall," fighting tariffs that could affect the seafood industry, and making a decision on the Supreme Court nominee - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a Sitka audience Wednesday that she's been busy. "I've got too many things to talk about," Murkowski said in her address to the Chamber of Commerce. Her talk drew a standing-room-only turnout of more than 100 members of the Chamber and the general public alike, with about half of the time … Continue Reading


KTUU: Census impacts on tribal communities concerns Murkowski

by Jack Carney

Lisa Murkowski and other U.S. senators are sounding off about their concerns over the possible unforeseen impacts of the 2020 Census on tribal communities. "With 92,000 Alaska Natives living in 'hard to count' communities, I urge my colleagues to consider the negative impacts that an undercount can have on rural Alaska and Indian Country as we are preparing for the 2020 Census," Murkowski said Wednesday in a written statement. Two other Senators joined in on Murkowski's call for recognition of… Continue Reading


Nevada Appeal: Fire risks dominate Lake Tahoe summit

by Justin Scacco

With smoke pooling in the Tahoe Basin, members of Congress from Nevada, California, and Alaska took the stage at Sand Harbor on Tuesday for the 22nd annual Lake Tahoe Summit. While the representatives touched on a number of issues regarding Tahoe and the importance of public-private sponsorships in the fight to preserve and restore the lake, there would be no ignoring the affects of the largest fire in California state history as the members of Congress stood in front of a lake clouded by haze.… Continue Reading


KCAW: Murkowski on SCOTUS nominee: “I will be guilty of taking my time”

by Robert Woolsey

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is not showing any of her cards, as theSenate is poised to begin confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court. In remarks to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (8-8-18), Sen. Murkowski said "I will be guilty of taking my time." Alaska's senior senator is again in the political spotlight as attention turns to the confirmation hearings, which could take place as early as this fall. Ever since she defied Republican party p… Continue Reading


KTVA: 'Hidden Figures' nominated for Congressional Gold Medal

by Mary Simton

A group of U.S. senators are recognizing the African American women who contributed to the space race in the 1960s. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chris Croons of Delaware, Kamala Harris of California and 44 of their colleagues introduced a bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously award Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson whose lives and careers were featured in the book and movie "Hidden Figures". The Congressiona… Continue Reading


KTVF: Senate Bill brings funds to interior

by Amanda Hanson

Senator Lisa Murkowski held a press conference for Alaska Media this morning to discuss the 'Interior appropriations funding bill' that passed the senate, yesterday. In the press event, Murkowski said yesterday's 92-6 vote was significant since appropriations bills in the past have struggled to get strong bipartisan support. It has also been almost a decade since an Interior bill was considered on the senate floor. Murkowski says the bill is for the land, water, and the people of Alaska... B… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski reviews Senate-approved Alaska spending

by Chris Klint

Alaska's senior U.S. senator touted a wide-ranging series of items affecting the Last Frontier Thursday, after the Senate's passage of several spending bills containing funds for Alaska and the Arctic. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hailed the wide bipartisan margin by which the bill passed, 92 to 6, as a major achievement. Wednesday's measure includes funding for the departments of Interior, Agriculture, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency … Continue Reading


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Durbin-Murkowski Bill Protects Kids from Flavored Tobacco

by Matthew L. Myers

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for introducing the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids Act (SAFE Kids Act), legislation that curbs the use of flavors in tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars. The bill (S.3319) was introduced in the Senate today. Sens. Durbin and Murkowski recognize that flavors play a key role in youth initiation and continued use of e-cigarettes and cigars. A government study… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Murkowski speaks out against trade tariffs

by Erin Granger

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently complained about the Trump administration's additional trade tariffs during a talk with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer. "It has clearly rattled my state," Murkowski told Lighthizer. "Our seafood industry is the number one private industry in terms of the jobs and the economic opportunity it brings." China recently announced a 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports. "Last year with our salmon exports about 40 perc… Continue Reading


Politico: No aid planned for other sectors hurt by trade war

by Adam Behsudi and Megan Cassella

President Donald Trump's top trade official took heat from Republican and Democratic lawmakers after he said the administration is not currently considering providing federal aid to small businesses, manufacturers or any sector of the economy, aside from farmers, that might be hurt by the trade war. At a hearing on Thursday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) asked whether U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was currently considering providing other businesses assistance similar to the $12 bi… Continue Reading


Elle Magazine: Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Lisa Murkowski Introduce Bill to Combat Human Trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives

by Madison Heller

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who has long worked on behalf of sex trafficking survivors, has just introduced a new bill with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would establish an advisory committee to combat human trafficking of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. The End Trafficking of Native Americans Act's proposed committee would include local law enforcement, tribal leaders, advocacy organizations, and at least one Native American survivor of human trafficking who could ma… Continue Reading


E&E News: Senate aims for first 'clean' Interior-EPA bill in decade

by George Cahlink

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby wants to keep the annual funding bill for the Interior Department and EPA "clean" as it works its way across the Senate floor this week. "It's an open process, we want to keep it as clean as we can, we have been working toward that end. It's early on, but we hope to continue that," the Alabama Republican told reporters yesterday. There were some signals that the Senate might be on track to pass its version for the first time since fiscal 2009 as ea… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Energy and Natural Resources Committee considers modernizing DOE, DOI

by Chris Galford

Administration proposals to reorganize and modernize both the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of the Interior (DOI) were heard by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week. Such proposals build on an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in March 2017, which directed them to find ways to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the departments. Those efforts have since become hotly debated, given the level of cuts and changes proposed. "It's our responsib… Continue Reading


Fox News: Rape kit access would expand under bipartisan bill, as victims seek 'care and justice'

by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

When Leah Griffin was raped in 2014, she immediately went to the closest hospital to undergo a rape kit exam - the first step, she thought, in prosecuting the man who assaulted her. But Seattle hospital staff told her their emergency department wasn't equipped to do the forensic test, and instead she would have to travel to another hospital about an hour away. Further travel at that moment was not an option for Griffin, who was 28 years old at the time, disoriented from the attack and … Continue Reading


Providence Journal: Alaska, Rhode Island share concern over oceans

by Alex Kuffner

The differences between Rhode Island and Alaska are many. There's size. There's location. But one thing that unites the two states is their connection to the ocean, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said to an audience of Rhode Island officials, environmental advocates and scientists on Friday. "I don't care how many miles of coastline you have, big or small, the fact is that our oceans are this common connector here," she said at an environmental conference hosted annually by Rhode Island Se… Continue Reading


KTVF: Murkowski with Bi-partisan group of senators write letter to President Trump

by Julie Swisher

Democrats, Republicans and one Independent Senator sent a letter to the President voicing concerns over the current immigration policy. Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with a bipartisan group of over two dozen senators, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to keep families together. "This sad chapter in our nation's history must come to an end," Murkowski said. "While we represent constituents from all faiths and political backgrounds, we have all heard one consistent … Continue Reading

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