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Murkowski, Sullivan, Speier Call on Army Secretary to Address High Alaska Servicemember Suicide Rate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel have sent a letter to Army Secretary Christine Wormuth calling on the Army to do more to address the high incidence of service member deaths by suicide in Alaska and to take comprehensive actions to change the current traject… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Additional Penalties for Russia

The Senate today passed two measures to impose additional penalties on Russia over its bloody, unprovoked war on Ukraine. The first measure, H.R. 6968, imposes a legislative ban on Russian energy imports and contains language crafted in part by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to expedite its implementation. The second measure, H.R. 7108, would suspend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR), a key benefit of World Trade Organization membership, for Russia and Belarus. "Congress remains united in … Continue Reading


Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to be Supreme Court Justice

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the vacancy that will be created when Justice Stephen Breyer retires at the end of the current term. The nomination was confirmed by a bipartisan vote of 53-47. "I give my constitutional 'advice and consent' responsibility to consider Supreme Court nominees the tremendous weight it deserves. In all my reviews of Supreme Court nominees, I… Continue Reading


Murkowski To Support Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced today that she will support the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has been nominated to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. "After multiple in-depth conversations with Judge Jackson and deliberative review of her record and recent hearings, I will support her historic nomination to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. "My support rests on Judge Jackson's qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Respond to Damaging Designation of ‘Critical Habitat’ in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for announcing it is designating critical habitat in U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska for the Beringia "distinct population segment" (DPS) of bearded seals and Arctic ringed seals. The designated area extends from St. Matthews to the Canadian border in the Beaufort Sea, which is roughly equivalent in size to Texas. "NOAA's decision to designate more than 260,… Continue Reading


Administration Announces Additional H-2B Visas

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced 35,000 additional H-2B nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year 2022, which will be available to employers for the summer 2022 season. "With the tourism and fishing season right around the corner, and the economic fallout we have seen from COVID, it is vital to ensure Alaskans have the needed workers to supplement … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Latest Biden Oil ‘Plan’ is Half-Baked, Irresponsible

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after President Biden announced he would release approximately 180 million barrels of emergency oil reserves over the next six months. In addition, instead of taking meaningful steps to increase domestic oil and gas production, the President called on Congress to impose new fees on domestic oil and gas leaseholders. "Earlier this week, the President proposed to raise taxes on domestic energy producers by tens of billi… Continue Reading


DPA Announcement on Mineral Security Will Benefit Alaska

At the urging of U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), President Biden today announced that he is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to spur critical mineral production. On March 11, the Senators sent a letter to President Biden calling to invoke the DPA to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minera… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Details of Upcoming Grant Symposium

On Monday, April 11, 2022, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a lead author and negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will host a federal grant symposium at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of the symposium is to provide Alaskans with a better understanding of the unprecedented opportunities made possible by the bipartisan infrastructure law, which provides for historic investments in core physical infrastructure-roads, bridges, rai… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Lead Resolution Honoring Congressman Don Young

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today thanked the Senate for unanimously cosponsoring and passing their resolution honoring the life and legacy of Congressman Don Young, who served Alaska in the House of Representatives for the last 49 years. Congressman Young passed away on March 18, 2022. "Congressman Don Young was larger than life, as is the legacy he leaves behind. He devoted 49 years to the service of Alaska and the nation. In that time, he shepherded critical… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Launch FY 2023 Appropriations Request Page

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Biden unveiled a budget request for Fiscal Year 2023: "The President proposes, Congress disposes. Now that the President has detailed his priorities, those of us in Congress will begin to evaluate which programs to fund and at what levels. As part of this, and just as we did for FY 2022, we will have an opportunity to bring taxpayer dollars back to our state through a very transparent Congressionally Directed Spen… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Murkowski, Collins, Sinema Bipartisan Legislation to Honor Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and O’Connor Passes the House

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, with U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), announced that their bipartisan legislation to honor U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor with statues in the U.S. Capitol campus or on Capitol grounds has passed the House. The bill now goes to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. Members of the House of Representatives, led by Democr… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Murkowski: It Is Time HHS Take Action to Ensure Tribal Health Data Access

Recently, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered remarks at the Committee's legislative hearing to receive testimony on six bills, including, S.1397, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2021, sponsored by Vice Chairman Murkowski with Senator Tina Smith (D-MN). "During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) in the country, which includes the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, faced signi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces New Round of FCC Emergency Connectivity Funding Commitments to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shared three announcements from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) in support of broadband and connectivity in Alaska. First, the FCC awarded four school districts in Alaska funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a program that helps schools and libraries provide the telecommunication tools and services students and communities need. Second, the FCC will open a third application filing window for emerge… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Cantwell Spearhead Legislation to Strengthen Blue Economy and Support Coastal Communities

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation Act of 2022 (Ocean ROI Act of 2022), which would direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish "Ocean Innovation Clusters" (ocean clusters) to strengthen the coastal communities and blue economy of the nation. Senator Murkowski is a strong supporter of Ocean Clusters, including the Alaska Ocean Cluster which serves as a hub for private, public, and academic stakeholders to colla… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Speak In Memory of Congressman Don Young

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, spoke on the Senate floor last night to honor the life and legacy of the Congressman for All Alaska, Don Young, who passed away last Friday, on March 18, 2022. Click here for video of Senator Murkowski's speech. Click here for video of Senator Sullivan's speech. "It has been a tough few days for our office. Our hearts are still heavy, but the sheer outpouring of love and support for our boss, Congressman Don Young, has meant … Continue Reading


Murkowski Examines Solutions to Support Affordable, High-Quality Childcare

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took part this week in a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to examine barriers to access to childcare and to discuss solutions. During the hearing, Senator Murkowski pointed out, "It's pretty clear out there that our childcare providers in this country, certainly in my state, can barely make ends meet. Providers are competing with other employers for workers. Far too many parents cannot afford high-quality childcare ev… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Murkowski, Schatz Resolution Recognizing Native Women Achievements and Contributions

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.555 led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman of the SCIA, honoring the achievements of Native women throughout American history. "Each year during March, the Senate celebrates National Women's History Month and acknowledges the important contributions made by women. Women's History Month also provides a continuing opportunity for us to recognize … Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Congressman Young’s Passing

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski issued the following statement following the passing of Congressman Don Young: "Alaskans are devastated by this shocking and sad news and I am saddened beyond belief about the loss of my friend. We have lost a giant who we loved dearly and who held Alaska in his heart-always. Don was coming home to the place that he loved, and to the people that loved him best. We love you, Don."… Continue Reading


Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the senior Senator for Alaska, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Anchorage: $4.3 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Head Start Projects. Fairbanks: $130,356 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project entitled, "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Shipboard Scientific Sup… Continue Reading

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