The Murkowski Memo: New Year, New Congress
At the start of January, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Alaska.
Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, more than $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Those dollars are helping us build, expand, and modernize everything from roads, bridges, ports, and airports to our water, energy, broadband, and ferry systems. In doing so, they’re creating jobs, boosting our economy, and transforming lives.
In addition to the infrastructure law, I worked side-by-side with many of you to leverage my position as a senior appropriator to directly fund nearly 200 projects that will meet community needs across Alaska. We strengthened our national security and provided support and benefits to servicemembers. To honor our ironclad obligations to veterans, we passed the PACT Act to ensure healthcare access and treatment for all who are impacted by toxic exposures.
We invested in Alaska and our future by working to diversify Alaska’s economy, prioritizing public safety, and supporting our fisheries, land, and much more. From the University of Alaska’s land grant to assistance on the gasline project and mineral projects, we are setting Alaska up for a brighter future.
As the 118th Congress gets underway, I’m proud of what we accomplished over the last two years and I look forward to building on those successes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the state and people I love. For as long as I have the honor of being your Senator, I will do everything I can to deliver for you and for Alaska.