Press Releases

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03.09.23

Murkowski, Hassan, Marshall, Rosen Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Patients with Transparent and Safe Access to Treatments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), along with 14 of their colleagues, introduced the Safe Step Act of 2023, a bill that places reasonable limits on the use of "step therapy," and works to improve access to safer and more transparent treatments for patients. Step therapy, also known as "fail first," occurs when a patient is required to try and fail on a lower cost drug before they are allowed to access the drug … Continue Reading


03.08.23

Schatz, Murkowski Lead Oversight Hearing On Native Communities’ Priorities

WASHINGTON - Today, 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 an oversight hearing titled, "Oversight Hearing on Native Communities' Priorities for the 118th Congress." "Because we can only do our best work when we hear directly from the Native communities that we serve, today we kick off the 118th Congress by putting Native communities' priorities directly in the sp… Continue Reading


03.08.23

Murkowski Announces Staff Hires, Promotions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced new staff members in her Washington, DC and Juneau, Alaska offices. "We have a lot of work ahead in this new Congress, and I'm pleased to announce several great additions to my team. These individuals will fill key roles and work hard on behalf of Alaskans as we advance our state's interests," said Senator Murkowski. Matt Robinson, born and raised in Fairbanks, joins the DC office as Legislative Assistant for fisheries and oc… Continue Reading


03.07.23

Senators Urge Administration to Rally Support for U.S. LNG Exports to Allies

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) today sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel urging the Biden administration to publicly support the export of abundant U.S. natural gas to America's allies in Europe and Asia, particularly Japan, which has prioritized energy security in its term leading the G7. The s… Continue Reading


03.07.23

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Get Public Employees Full Social Security Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation that would ensure public sector workers and their families can receive full Social Security benefits after two previous statutes reduced them. The Senators' bill, the Social Security Fairness Act, would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) from the Social Security Act. "These Ohioans worked their w… Continue Reading


03.06.23

Murkowski Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Federal Support for Local Fire Departments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend federal programs that help support local fire departments across the country. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG… Continue Reading


03.03.23

Murkowski Slams Interior for Deliberately Cutting Cook Inlet Gas Production

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today issued the following statement after reviewing an internal memo on Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258 that the Department of the Interior briefly posted online before quickly removing from public view. The memo, which was obtained by the office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), outlines the administration's efforts to undermine recent federal law and reduce natural gas production in Cook Inlet, Alaska. "This is a stunning document, and it details how the a… Continue Reading


03.03.23

Alaska Delegation Issues Statement on White House Meeting

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) and U.S. Representative Mary Peltola (D-Alaska)-the three members of Alaska's congressional delegation-today released the following statement after meeting with President Joe Biden and top members of his team to urge the reapproval of Alaska's Willow Project. "We met with the President and his senior advisors in the Oval Office for more than an hour yesterday afternoon. The conversation was honest and respectful, and we appreciated t… Continue Reading


03.02.23

ICYMI: Alaska Native and Union Leaders Join Delegation to Urge Re-Approval of Willow Project

Yesterday, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Representative Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) participated in an event outside the U.S. Capitol calling on the Biden administration to re-approve the Willow Project on Alaska's North Slope. The delegation was joined by Alaska State Representative Josiah Patkotak (I-Utqia?vik); Nagruk Harcharek, President of Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat; Joelle Hall, President of AFL-CIO Alaska; Doreen Leavitt, Director of Natural Resources for th… Continue Reading


03.01.23

ICYMI: Alaskans are United in Support of the Willow Project

ICYMI: Alaskans are United in Support of the Willow Project WASHINGTON, DC - As the Biden administration prepares to issue its final decision on ConocoPhillips' Willow Project, a crucial energy initiative on Alaska's North Slope, Alaskans are showing unity in their strong backing of the meticulously-planned, socially-just, and environmentally-sound project. Willow will bolster Alaska's economy, strengthen national and energy security, and support communities on the North Slope and across the… Continue Reading


02.28.23

Cardin, Murkowski Testify at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday on their resolution (S.J.Res. 4) to remove the arbitrary deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and to recognize that 38 states have ratified the amendment. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), chaired the hearing, which was the first in the Senate on the ERA since 1984. S.J.Res. 4 is a bicameral, bipartisan joint resolution to affirm the ratification of … Continue Reading


02.27.23

Alaska Legislature Passes Unanimous Resolution Supporting Willow Project

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today thanked members of the Alaska House and the Alaska Senate for passing a unanimous resolution supporting the pending Willow Project on Alaska's North Slope, and urging the White House to approve the economically-viable "Alternative E" project scope recommended by career Department of the Interior (DOI) staff and scientists. DOI issued the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact… Continue Reading


02.24.23

Murkowski: U.S., World Must Stand With Ukraine

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Russia's catastrophic war against Ukraine. "One year ago, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands of Russian troops attacked Ukraine, seeking to inflict unspeakable devastation on a free nation and of innocent people. At risk is the loss of a fledgling democracy, destabilization of the post-World War II global order, and a wider conflict that engulfed additional nations. "The Ukrainian p… Continue Reading


02.23.23

ICYMI: Murkowski Delivers 2023 Address to Alaska State Legislature

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) delivered her 2023 address to the Alaska State Legislature during a joint legislative session at the State Capitol Building in Juneau. During her remarks, Senator Murkowski spoke to how she's delivering for Alaska, noting accomplishments of the 117th Congress, including advancing the bipartisan infrastructure law which has already invested $3.2 billion in Alaska, directing funding through Congressionally Directed Spending for local projects across the state… Continue Reading


02.17.23

Murkowski: Alaska’s Willow Project is Key to Increasing Domestic Energy Security Amid Global Energy Disorder

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) raised the critical need to invest in domestic resource projects during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing covering the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine on global energy security. In her questioning, Senator Murkowski highlighted current and future changes to the global energy sector as a result of Russia's invasion on Ukraine. "You cannot take back the atrocities that we have seen perpetrated on the innocent people of Ukraine. You can't just … Continue Reading


02.17.23

Kaine, Murkowski, Sinema, & Collins Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Reproductive Freedom

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Susan Collins (R-ME) recently reintroduced the Reproductive Freedom For All Act, which would codify the essential holdings of Roe v. Wade and related cases protecting women's rights to access abortion and contraception. This would undo the damage of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade after almost 50 years, and would enshrine in federal law the fundamenta… Continue Reading


02.16.23

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Recognized Nationally for First Time

The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed a resolution, introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska), to nationally recognize February 16, 2023 as "Elizabeth Peratrovich Day," honoring the historic Alaska civil rights leader who played an instrumental role in the Alaska Territorial Legislature passing the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945-decades before the signing of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. "Elizabeth Peratrovich fought tirelessly for racial equality in Ala… Continue Reading


02.13.23

Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of Dr. Mike Sfraga to be Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, today welcomed President Biden's intent to nominate an Alaskan, Dr. Mike Sfraga, to be Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic Region. Murkowski championed the creation of the position, which the State Department agreed to establish last August, and strongly supports Dr. Sfraga's swift confirmation to be the first to hold the post. "I'm very pleased to see Dr. Mike Sfraga nominated to serve as Ambassador-at-L… Continue Reading


02.13.23

Murkowski Launches FY24 Appropriations Request Page

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced her Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Appropriations Request Page going live. "As we go through the annual appropriations process, I will continue to use my leadership to advocate for priority projects across our state," said Senator Lisa Murkowski. "As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I've had the opportunity to work directly with Alaskans to return their taxpayer dollars back to our state. I look forward to agai… Continue Reading


02.11.23

Murkowski Commends U.S. Forces After Take-Down of Unidentified Object in Canada

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the leading expert in Congress on Arctic policy and polar affairs, today released the following statement after a U.S. F-22 shot down an unidentified object over Canada. "For the third time in the past week, U.S. forces have brought down a high-altitude object that was violating sovereign airspace-this time, just across the border in the Yukon, in direct cooperation with our Canadian allies and at… Continue Reading

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