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Seafood Source: Senators file bill to mandate labeling requirements on genetically enhanced salmon

by Steve Bittenbender

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from the Pacific northwest filed a bill last week that would require any salmon produced through genetic engineering to be labeled clearly as such on its packaging. The bill, filed last week, comes a month after the Department of Agriculture published its final rule requiring producers, importers and other entities to reveal information about bioengineered products and ingredients. However, critics panned the measure saying companies could use digital QR code… Continue Reading


E&E News: Murkowski plots making sure lands package becomes law

by Kellie Lunney and Geof Koss

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski wants to make sure the public lands package the upper chamber is poised to take up this week attracts "strong support" from her colleagues to boost its momentum as it heads to the House. That means not straying far from the agreement that bicameral negotiators finalized late last year before the package fell apart in the Senate just before Christmas over Republican objections. "We really want to be conscientious about sticking to th… Continue Reading


Arctic Sounder: Murkowski reintroduces Savanna's Act in Senate

by Shady Grove Oliver

After stalling in the House at the end of last year, Savanna's Act is back on the table. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced the act this week with fellow Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada). "It is long past time that Congress took action to help curb the tragic epidemic of violence toward Native American women," said Cortez Masto in a release. "I'm proud to join Sen. Murkowski in reintroducing Savanna's Act, which gives local and tribal law enforcement the federal resources they ne… Continue Reading


Salmon Business: Alaska senator introduces GE Salmon labeling bill

by Owen Evans

"We have the right to know what we're eating," said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. Alaskan Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday reintroduced the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, to ensure that any salmon that is genetically engineered be clearly labelled. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). "There's a huge difference between genetically engineered salmon and the healthy, sustainably-caught, wild Alaskan sa… Continue Reading


KTUU: UPDATE: President approves Alaska disaster declaration for Nov. 30 earthquake

by Daniel Kirby

President Trump declared a federal disaster for the State of Alaska Thursday, allowing federal funds to begin flowing to the state for earthquake recovery efforts. According to a release from the White House, federal funding in the form of grants, low-interest loans, and other programs will now be available to people affected by the earthquake in the Municipality of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. "Additional designations may be made at a later date i… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Collaborative effort for Arctic icebreaking gains traction

by Rachel D'Oro

A proposal to use private and foreign ships to help fill the demand for commercial icebreaking is gaining traction among Arctic stakeholders. Polar Institute Director Mike Sfraga said the concept would be similar to ride-hailing services like Uber, but instead it would be a commercial ship calling for support vessels to help cross Arctic waters, Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday. The "Uber for icebreakers" model would call for a collaborative effort among the northern countries to create … Continue Reading


KTOO: Murkowski reintroduces bill to prevent violence against indigenous women and girls

by Zoe Grueskin

On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a Democratic colleague, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, reintroduced a bill aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women and girls. Named for a North Dakota woman killed in 2017, Savanna's Act would improve data collection on missing and murdered Native women. Murkowski said records are so limited, authorities don't even understand the scope of the problem. "And this is where it gets so frustrating," she said. "We don't even know what we don't kno… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: ‘Uber for icebreakers’ idea gains traction

by Liz Ruskin

This was the year Congress was finally going to spend some serious money to build an icebreaker. A Senate spending bill has $750 million for a new icebreaker, which would bring the Coast Guard's fleet to three. But that money is caught in a fight over whether to build President Trump's wall at the southern border. Still, there's more than one way to break ice. Some propose to use private and foreign ships to help fill the expected demand for commercial icebreaking. Polar Institute Director Mik… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Murkowski: Shutdown not a 'winning political strategy'

by Rod Boyce

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she doesn't believe President Donald Trump will take the federal government into another shutdown when the three-week stopgap funding measure ends Feb. 15. And she also believes Trump is on questionable legal footing with his suggestion he could declare a national emergency to get funding for a wall - however he defines such a barrier - if the result of negotiations in Congress during this three-week period don't provide border security funding that he finds acceptable. … Continue Reading


E&E News: Murkowski weighs life after energy gavel

by Geof Koss

Lisa Murkowski's political career is approaching a crossroads of sorts. Over the past two years with the Trump administration and a GOP-led Congress, the Alaska Republican repeatedly chalked up wins in long-fought battles over resource extraction on federal lands in the Last Frontier, including the decadeslong fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee was no small factor in winning the addition of ANWR drilling in… Continue Reading


CNBC: Lawmakers offer proposals to end government shutdowns for good—while the 'pain is fresh'

by Ylan Mui

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is finally over. Now lawmakers from both parties are seeking a way to ensure it never happens again. Several proposals are on the table. They go beyond the immediate discussions over border security that will need to be resolved over the next three weeks, when the government could once again run out of money. Instead, these bills would guarantee that the lights stay on even if lawmakers can't reach a spending agreement by Feb. 15, or any future d… Continue Reading


Huffington Post: UPDATED: Lisa Murkowski Revives Bill Targeting Missing And Murdered Native Women

by Jennifer Bendery

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced legislation on Monday to help law enforcement respond to a horrifying and largely invisible crisis: Hundreds of Native American women are simply disappearing or being murdered. There is next to no data available on what, exactly, is going on. At least 506 indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed in 71 U.S. cities, including more than 330 since 2010, according to a November report by Urban Indian Health Institute. Most cases have bee… Continue Reading


KSRM: Murkowski Works To Incorporate The ERA Into The Constitution

by Jennifer Williams

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has co-sponsored a resolution that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Senator Murkowski: "In order for the ERA to be incorporated into the Constitution, we need 38 states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. As of now, we have 37. The bipartisan legislation I'm leading will resolve any ambiguity over whether states can make the ERA effective by ratifying. We cannot and must not put a time limit on the fight for women's… Continue Reading


ABC News: Senators reintroduce bill to protect Native American women, finish work started by defeated colleague

by Ali Rogin

Two senators reintroduced a bill Monday that aims to strengthen protections for Native American women, who face above-average rates of murder, violence and kidnapping. It's an effort that their former colleague Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., began, but which was derailed virtually single-handedly by a retiring House Republican, former House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. "It got held up in the House literally over one member. That member's gone and I'm still here," Sen. Lisa Murkowsk… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: ERA now, Murkowski says

by Liz Ruskin

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is pushing to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was a top liberal goal in the 1970s. Murkowski acknowledged that it feels like a blast from the past. "I think for most people, they think that the Equal Rights Amendment was ratified a long time ago," she said. The ERA says the government can't discriminate on the basis of sex, and it has NOT been added to the Constitution. Back in March 1972, Congress passed it, and then it was up to the state legi… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski joins push to immediately pay furloughed feds

by Chris Klint

Alaska's senior U.S. senator, who has already pushed a measure to prevent future government shutdowns, is among more than two dozen of her colleagues urging that furloughed federal workers immediately be paid following the 35-day partial shutdown which ended over the weekend. Sen. Lisa Murkowski added her name to a Monday letter, signed by 29 senators and sent to the federal Office of Personnel Management. The request, led by Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, comes after the partial sh… Continue Reading


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

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