Press Releases

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03.11.20

Murkowski Votes to Overturn Borrower Defense Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting in favor of S.J. Res. 56, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval overturning a 2019 Department of Education Borrower Defense rule: "Congress provided the Department of Education with authority to adopt regulations governing the cancellation of loans for students who were defrauded by their college. This provision is called 'borrower defense to repayment.' The new regulation, while an improvement… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Murkowski’s Statement on AEIA Cloture Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tonight released the following statement about the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act: "I am incredulous the Senate did not vote to invoke cloture on our substitute amendment after a year of regular process in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It is beyond frustrating to have our bill, which contains priorities from more than 70 Senators, held up by an unrelated dispute that was never part of our discussions in the lead-up to this floor pr… Continue Reading


03.09.20

ICYMI: Senator Murkowski Works to Prioritize Alaska throughout Appropriations Process

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) prioritized Alaska during a variety of Senate Committee and Subcommittee hearings to examine details of the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget proposal, which was released in early February of this year. Murkowski stressed the importance of Arctic and cold weather training for our military, a long-term solution for fixing the Denali Park Road, and highlighted the need for Arctic energy initiatives. Each year, Congress is tasked with developing 12 appropri… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Delegation Celebrates Milestone for Alaska LNG

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaska LNG Project. "This is a key step forward for Alaska LNG and a significant milestone for the project," said Senator Murkowski. "This final EIS is the culmination of years of research, analysis, and public process. I thank all of the staff at FERC who worked d… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Senator Murkowski Launches COVID-19 Information Page

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently published a page on her website to share up-to-date information and resources regarding the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, known as COVID-19. The website includes reliable information about the disease, preventative measures you can take to help stop the spread of germs, and Alaska-specific efforts taking place in response to the outbreak. To access Senator Murkowski's COVID-19 info page, click here. Background: A new strain of coronavirus, desi… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Murkowski and Manchin Add 18 Amendments to Bipartisan Energy Innovation Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today filed a modified substitute amendment to S. 2657, the vehicle for the broad, bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act she has introduced with Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The modified substitute contains the text of 18 amendments-nine from Senators on each side of the aisle-that have been filed during this week's floor debate. Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Below are excerpts from Murkowski's floor remarks, which also focused… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Passes Senate

A new strain of coronavirus, designated as COVID-19, emerged in China in December and has spread around the globe. The virus, which causes respiratory illness, has now been detected in nearly 70 countries, including the United States. In an effort to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, the Senate today passed an emergency supplemental funding package totaling $8.3 billion. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) voted in favor of the Coronavirus Preparedness… Continue Reading


03.05.20

International Energy Agency: United States is Well-Positioned to Lead the World on Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing where International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol testified on the latest developments and longer-term prospects for global energy markets, with a special focus on the United States. "Dr. Birol is internationally renowned and respected as a true expert on energy markets, trends, and policies, and we were glad to have him back before our committee," Murkowski said. "His perspective is particularly timely today a… Continue Reading


03.05.20

House Companion of Murkowski Bill Honoring WWII Merchant Mariners to Become Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the Senate passage of the House companion legislation to her bipartisan, bicameral bill - the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, sending it to the President to be signed into law. The legislation would award a Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian honors, to the Merchant Mariners who helped protect America during World War II. Introduced by Senator Murkowski in January 2019, with Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary on Alaska Specific Priorities

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for the Department of the Interior (DOI). During the hearing, Senator Murkowski raised Alaska specific priorities with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, such as the Alaska land conveyance program, justice and public safety initiatives, and expanding energy and mineral security, including unlocking onshore Arctic resources in ANWR and NPRA-A. Murkowski questi… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Murkowski Questions Agency on Alaska-Specific Concerns over COVID-19 Outbreak

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee focused on how the U.S. is responding to the emerging threat of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. The Senate HELP Committee hearing highlighted how the U.S. federal government is responding to the outbreak and actions the administration is taking to ensure that the U.S. is prepared for, and responding to, COVID-19 at the federal, state, and local levels. The hearing delved int… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Murkowski: DOE Request Hits on Minerals, Misses on Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing to examine the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary Dan Brouillette testified in support of the President's budget request, which focuses on a number of key cross-cutting challenges - including grid modernization, energy storage, and plastics innovation - while proposing steep cuts to important innovation-focused programs. Murkowski highlighted DOE's new Critical Minerals Init… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Murkowski: American Energy Innovation Act Will Benefit Alaskans

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week released the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), her broad, bipartisan bill to modernize America's energy laws. Murkowski intends to file the full text of AEIA as a substitute amendment to S. 2657, which is being debated on the Senate floor this week. The bipartisan energy innovation package has significant benefits for Alaskans. "Alaska is a natural proving ground for new technologies and an incubator for innovation," Murkowski said. "My new bil… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Senate To Take Up Murkowski’s Bipartisan Energy Innovation Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), spoke today after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2657, the vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA). Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Below are excerpts from Murkowski's floor remarks: "It has now been more than 12 years since Congress enacted comprehensive legislation to update our nation's energy laws. During that … Continue Reading


02.28.20

Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter Urging DHS To Provide Immediate Relief For Seafood Industry

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was joined by six of his Senate colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the additional H-2B visas needed to support local seafood businesses in Virginia and states like Alaska, Maryland, and North Carolina. The letter, signed by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (D-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), urges the DHS to quickly authorize additional visas for temp… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Alaska Congressional Delegation Announces Earthquake Relief Grant

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today announced a $33.5 million grant coming to Alaska to assist communities impacted by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on November 30, 2018. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to assist the Municipality of Anchorage, Mat-Su Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough with the repair or reconstruction of highways and roads that su… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Sullivan & Murkowski Direct Feds on Flowers: “Buy American!”

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Angus King (I-Maine) yesterday introduced the American Grown Act, legislation requiring all federal agencies to only procure cut flowers and cut greens grown in the United States. Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) first introduced the legislation in the House in May of 2019. "Alaska has a burgeoning peony and flower industry that offers world-class blooms during our long, sunny summer growing seaso… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcome Disaster Relief for Alaska Fisheries

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today welcomed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the agency approved $24.4 million to restore losses for Alaska fisheries impacted by the 2018 Pacific cod fishery disaster and $10.3 million for the 2018 sockeye salmon failure in Chignik. The NOAA-approved funds will now be administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the agency tasked with dis… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Murkowski, Manchin Introduce American Energy Innovation Act

After a full year of hearings, business meetings, and bipartisan negotiations, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today released the text of their energy innovation package. The American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) will modernize domestic energy laws to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader while also strengthening national security, increasing our international competitiveness, and investing in clean energy technologies. "This bill is our best… Continue Reading


02.25.20

Murkowski Comments on Born-Alive and Pain Capable Legislation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today made the following statement after voting in favor of S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which ensures legal protections for babies born alive following the failure of an attempted abortion: "This legislation addresses complex and sensitive issues of a medical and ethical nature that deserve serious consideration. My vote today was centered on my support of protections for infants born alive. We often talk about access to care-so e… Continue Reading

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