Press Releases

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12.02.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Over $24 million in federal funds to benefit and strengthen Alaska's communities and economy Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Statewide Alaska - Statewide: $8.7 million to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for … Continue Reading


12.02.22

MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF THE STOP ACT

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, the Senate unanimously approved H.R.2930, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2021 (STOP Act). The STOP Act now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have led the Senate companion bill since 2016. "Safeguarding and repatriating tribal items of cultural and sacred heritage remains at the forefront of protecting Native customs and history. I have worked for several Congresses t… Continue Reading


12.01.22

Murkowski Supports New Rail Contract, Votes to Prevent Harmful Rail Strike

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted in favor of H.J.Res.100, a resolution to codify the "Tentative Agreement" reached earlier this year between railroad carriers, union representatives, and officials in the Biden administration. Its imposition will prevent a railway strike that would have cost the U.S. economy an estimated $2 billion per day, disrupted supply chains, harmed public health, and negatively impacted consumers and businesses-including in Alaska. H.J.Res.100 passed by a vot… Continue Reading


11.18.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Over $178 million in federal funds to benefit and strengthen Alaska's communities and economy. Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Statewide Alaska - Statewide: $2 million to State of Alaska from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development replace the septic tank effluent pumping system's tanks, demolish and properly … Continue Reading


11.18.22

SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI LEAD BIPARTISAN NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, led passage of a Senate Resolution recognizing November 2022 as National Native American Heritage Month. "In November we celebrate Native American Heritage Month to recognize American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples and their unique cultures and contributions," said Chairman Schatz. "I am honored to… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Alaska and Washington Senators Call on Administration to Quickly Declare Federal Fishery Disaster

Today U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Raimondo urging her to rapidly declare a federal fishery disaster for the 2022-2023 Bering Sea snow crab, the 2022-2023 Bristol Bay red king crab, and the 2021-2022 Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. Following last month's harvests being canceled, declaring a fishery disaster for the Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries is… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud An Additional $135.9 Million in Broadband Investment for Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) applauded the announcement of an additional $135.9 million in federal broadband grants for communities across Alaska. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) announced the grants Thursday for broadband programs in Western, Southcentral, and Southeastern Alaska. Newly announced grant recipients include the NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., Central Council Tlingit… Continue Reading


11.16.22

Murkowski Statement on Respect for Marriage Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting in favor today on the motion to proceed to the Respect for Marriage Act: "Today, I voted to begin debate on a bipartisan compromise of the Respect for Marriage Act. This bill protects the marriage of countless couples across the country. States will continue to set their own definitions of marriage, the federal government will be required to recognize all lawful marriages, and no out-of-state marriages will be able t… Continue Reading


11.15.22

Senators Call Out DOI, USDA Failure to Produce Permitting Report Required by Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week led a letter to the Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA), questioning whether they would produce a report outlining options to improve the federal mineral permitting process on the timeframe required by federal law. Under Section 40206 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Departments were required to complete the report within one year of enactment—which is today—but have failed to adhere to that statutory deadl… Continue Reading


11.15.22

Murkowski Marks One Year of Infrastructure Law: Nearly $3 Billion and Counting for Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, under which nearly $3 billion has already been announced for Alaska. Murkowski helped write, negotiate, and shepherd this historic law through Congress last year with a small bipartisan group of Senators. It focuses on building and rebuilding the nation's roads, bridges, rail, ferries, ports, airports, water systems, and broadba… Continue Reading


11.14.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Continue to Press for Fair Process, Timely Re-Approval of Ambler Access Project

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) sent a new letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland reiterating their strong support for the Ambler Access Project (Ambler Road). The Senators' letter, in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) recent request for public input as it scopes a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the project, urges DOI to limit its analysis to court-identified issues and to quickly complete the SEIS so development of this vi… Continue Reading


11.11.22

Senator Murkowski Honors American Veterans

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shared the following message with Alaskans in recognition of Veterans Day: For video of Senator Murkowski, click here. "Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor Americans who have answered the call to serve, whether in times of peace or in times of war. We owe so much to those who have sacrificed their safety, their time, and so much more in the name of America's freedom and security. "We are so fortunate that so many Veterans call Alaska home. They are ou… Continue Reading


11.03.22

Alaska to Receive $13 Million to Address High Energy Costs

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that Alaska was awarded $13.7 million through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this funding will help low-income individuals and families pay for home heating costs this winter and cover unpaid utility bills.These funds will also help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills. The funding announced today … Continue Reading


11.02.22

Alaska Tribes and Organizations Receive over $18 Million for Tribal Climate Resilience Projects

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today announced 48 awards benefitting Tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska amounting to more than $18 million to address the impacts of climate change. These investments will support adaptation planning, climate implementation actions, ocean and coastal management planning, capacity building, relocation, managed retreat, and protect-in-place for climate risks projects. "Communities across Alaska face growing risks from coastal er… Continue Reading


10.28.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska. Grants also include funding announced for Alaska from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: $395,000 to the Wrangell Public School District, $68.7 million for the Port of Alaska, $10.1 million for the Port of Adak, $5.3 million for the Sand Point Floating Dock, $28.2 million to Prince William Sound ferry ter… Continue Reading


10.28.22

Interior Alaska Receives $30 Million to Deploy High-Speed Internet

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today announced that the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is receiving a $30.3 million federal broadband grant, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The grant comes through USDA's ReConnect Program, which aims to build out broadband infrastructure to connect communities across the United States with high speed internet access. TCC's grant will help to fund a fiber network in the Yukon-Koyukuk Ce… Continue Reading


10.28.22

DEA Drug Take Back Day Collection Sites

DEA Office of Diversion Control, NTBI Site Search Screen (NTBI Saturday, October 29, 2022) (usdoj.gov) Take Back Day: Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm COLLECTION SITE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATIONPROVIDENCE ALASKA MEDICAL CENTEROUTSIDE COLLECTION SITE - PHARMACY ENTRANCE Map ANCHORAGE POLICE DEPARTMENTALASKA REGIONAL HOSPITALOUTSIDE DRIVE THRU - E BUILDING, EAST SIDE OF BUILDING) Map DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATIONFRED MEYER - MULDOON Map DRUG ENFO… Continue Reading


10.26.22

$112 Million Announced for Alaska Ports and Ferry Terminals

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today announced that four Alaska coastal communities will receive a total of $112 million in investments this year for critical port-related infrastructure and ferry terminal projects, marking the first wave of these type of investments attributable to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The awards, made possible by the IIJA's investments in Alaska's maritime infrastructure and supply chain, will benefit the Alaska Mari… Continue Reading


10.14.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Statewide Alaska - Statewide: $339,500 to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Alaska Pesticide Program. Alaska - Statewide: $1 million to the Alaska Energy Authority from the Environmental Protection Agency for… Continue Reading


10.13.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud An Additional $124.4 Million in Broadband Investment for Western and Southwestern Alaska

WASHNGTON-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) applauded the announcement of an additional $124.4 million in federal broadband grants for Western and Southwestern Alaska. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) announced Tuesday that the Bethel Native Corporation received a $42 million grant to build a fiber network for Bethel, Platinum, Eek, Napaskiak, and Oscarville, $52.6 million to Calista… Continue Reading

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