Press Releases

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02.01.23

Alaska Delegation Welcomes Next-To-Last Step for Federal Re-Approval of Willow Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska) today welcomed the Department of the Interior's (DOI) release of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for ConocoPhillips' Willow Project on Alaska's North Slope. "The Willow Project has earned very broad support from communities on the North Slope, Alaska Native leaders, labor unions, and stakeholders across the political spectrum. That's be… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Cardin, Murkowski, Pressley and Colleagues Unveil Resolution Affirming Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Mass.-7), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Congresswomen Sylvia Garcia (Texas-29), Abigail Spanberger (Va.-07), Cori Bush (Mo.-1), Madeleine Dean (Pa.-4) and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (Calif.-37) announced today the introduction of a bicameral, joint resolution to affirm the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and take a critical step tow… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Senator Collins, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bills to Bolster Alzheimer’s Research

Washington, D.C.-A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a pair of bills that would cement and build on the important progress that has been made to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's costs our nation an astonishing $321 billion per year, including $206 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. If we continue along this trajectory, Alzheimer's is projected to claim the minds of 12.7 million seniors and nearly surpass $1 trillion in annual costs by 2050. In 2021,… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Murkowski Statement on EPA’s Final Determination for Pebble Mine

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final determination that effectively vetoes the proposed Pebble mine in the Bristol Bay region. "EPA's final determination should mark the end of Pebble, which was already rejected by the agency in 2020 and does not have the access, permits, financing, public support, or disposal sites needed to proceed. As Senator Stevens once said, it is the … Continue Reading


01.30.23

ICYMI—A ‘Big Fat Deal in Alaska’

Last week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Transit Administration Administrator Nuria Fernandez in announcing more than $285 million in federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) for operations, vessel acquisitions, shoreside infrastructure, and reduced environmental impact. The funding for Alaska accounts for nearly 75 percent of the awards announced ac… Continue Reading


01.27.23

Murkowski Announces New Staff Director And Changes To Indian Affairs Committee Staff

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced her senior staff to lead the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the 118th Congress. Amber Ebarb, who most recently served as the Deputy Staff Director, will serve as the Minority Staff Director. Lucy Murfitt will continue in her role as Chief Counsel after having served as Interim Staff Director over the last year. Murkowski provided the following statement on the staff changes: "I am pleased that Amber has accepted her new positi… Continue Reading


01.25.23

Murkowski, Sullivan: Tongass is a National Forest, Not a Political Football

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today released the following statements after the USDA Forest Service finalized its repeal of the Tongass National Forest's exemption from the 2001 Roadless Rule. Today's decision reinstates the 2001 rule, ignoring requests from the State of Alaska and data and analysis from the last administration that supported the 2020 exemption. "The Roadless Rule should never have applied to the Tongass, and the Biden administration's decision t… Continue Reading


01.25.23

Alaska Marine Highway System Awarded $285 Million in Infrastructure Funding

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today announced the Federal Transit Administration is awarding more than $285 million of investments to improve the reliability and service of Alaska's ferry system, which serves more than 30 communities across 3,500 miles of coastline. The funding, all awarded to the Alaska Marine Highway System, is designated to replacing an aging vessel, upgrading ferry dock infrastructure in rural communities, modernizing four vessels, procuring a… Continue Reading


01.20.23

Murkowski Announces Staff Promotions, New Staff Members to D.C. and Anchorage Offices

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced new staff members to her Washington D.C. and Anchorage offices. "As we kick off a new Congress, I'm proud to announce these changes to my growing team as I continue my work to represent all Alaskans. These individuals each bring unique skills, experience, and knowledge to the table, which will help us better serve the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities that we face in our state. I look forward to all the good work we have ah… Continue Reading


01.05.23

Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System Act Signed into Law

Today, legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System Act, was signed into law by the President. Murkowski previously introduced the bill in October 2022 with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) as a cosponsor. The bill, which has garnered widespread support from Alaska's veteran organizations, designates the name change from the "Alaska VA Clinic" to "Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healt… Continue Reading


01.05.23

Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud Bill to Recognize the Legacy of the Late Congressman Don Young Signed into Law

Today the Don Young Recognition Act was signed into law. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) championed this legislation in an effort to honor the life and legacy of the late Don Young, Dean of the House and Congressman for All Alaska, who passed away on March 18, 2022 after serving Alaska in the House of Representatives for 49 years. The bill designates one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, currently known as Mount Cerberus, as Mount Young. In addition… Continue Reading


01.03.23

Murkowski Sworn-In for New Term at Start of 118th Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement after she was officially sworn-in to a new term as senior Senator for Alaska: "Serving Alaska is one of the greatest honors of my life. I'm excited and optimistic as we enter a new year and a new Congress, especially coming off our tremendous successes in the one we adjourned earlier today. I'm humbled to take the Oath of Office to continue representing the state I love, and ready to get back to work on Alaskans… Continue Reading


12.29.22

Murkowski Delivers on Alaska Priorities in Annual Interior Bill

The U.S. Senate recently passed an omnibus appropriations package containing funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2023. The measure includes the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee's annual bill, which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) negotiated as the panel's Ranking Member. Murkowski championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, invest in water and wastewater infrastructure, improve access and recreation on public lands, provide health and other critical services to… Continue Reading


12.28.22

Murkowski Ensures Year-End Omnibus Contains Significant Assistance, Funding for University of Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today welcomed passage of the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act, which she added to the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The year-end omnibus also includes multiple Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) allocations totaling $8.325 million that Murkowski requested and secured on behalf of the University of Alaska (UA). "The University plays a critical role in educating Alaskans, adding to our workforce and shaping the very future… Continue Reading


12.28.22

After Years of Limbo, Delegation Secures Rebecca Trimble’s Permanent Resident Status

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today celebrated the enactment of private legislation they led with the late Congressman for all Alaska, Don Young. The measure - H.R. 681, For the Relief of Rebecca Trimble - is now Private Law 117-1, and provides Mrs. Trimble with a pathway to lawful permanent resident status in the United States. "After a decade of uncertainty and legal appeals, I'm so pleased that we have put an end to any possibility of deportation and provided … Continue Reading


12.27.22

Murkowski Champions Mental and Behavioral Health Provisions in FY 2023 Appropriations Package

As a senior appropriator, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) played a key role in securing numerous mental and behavioral health provisions within the omnibus appropriations package that funds the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Recognizing the need to bolster mental and behavioral health support in Alaska, Murkowski prioritized suicide prevention programs, treatment and recovery opportunities for those struggling with substance misuse, and expansion of the mental hea… Continue Reading


12.27.22

Murkowski Delivers Big Wins for Alaska’s Fisheries and Oceans in Consolidated Appropriations Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured significant funding for fisheries and oceans priorities in Alaska in the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. As a result of Murkowski's work, the year-end omnibus includes $15 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) allocations for ocean and river research to be performed by Alaskans in addition to significant programmatic support through agency budgets. (Cli… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Year-End Omnibus Supports Readiness, Security, Military Construction, and Servicemember and Veteran Well-Being

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, secured funding and assistance for Alaska throughout the measure. Through her role as a senior member of the Defense and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittees, Murkowski added significant fundi… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Murkowski Delivers Congressionally Directed Spending for 130+ Alaska Projects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today announced that she secured close to $500 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The funding will benefit over 130 community-driven projects in Alaska. Through this process, Murkowski delivered significant investments for workforce development, fisherie… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Murkowski: Year-End Omnibus Packed with Good News for Alaska

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, helped write major parts of the bill and secured significant funding and assistance for Alaska throughout it. She championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, accelerate workforce development, and support military… Continue Reading

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