Press Releases

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03.08.22

Senator Murkowski Speaks on International Women’s Day

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of International Women's Day, highlighting the accomplishments of women who have made an impact on Alaska and our nation's history while also acknowledging the unfinished work needed to advance equality and justice for all women. Click HERE for a video of Senator Murkowski's floor statement. Transcript: Madam President, I want to take just a moment and acknowledge that today, March 8, marks In… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Manchin, Murkowski Welcome White House Announcement to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Committee, welcomed an announcement from President Biden that the United States will ban Russian energy imports. This announcement follows the lead of Senators Manchin and Murkowski's bipartisan, bicameral Ban Russian Energy Imports Act, which would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural … Continue Reading


03.07.22

Manchin, Murkowski Statement on Growing Bipartisan, Bicameral Efforts to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan, bicameral agreement from the Senate Committee on Finance that provides a legislative path forward to ban imports of energy products from Russia. "Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war on Ukraine has killed hundreds of innocent people - many o… Continue Reading


03.04.22

Delegation Announces USDA Investment of More than $39 Million in Watersheds and Water Supply

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska welcomed an announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that?the?U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $39 million in Alaska's infrastructure. This funding is through implementation of?the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed into law last November. "The cultural identity and subsistence way of life for Alaska Native communities is directly tie… Continue Reading


03.04.22

Delegation Welcomes $187 Million Investment from Infrastructure Law to Boost Supply Chain & Strengthen Border Security

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, celebrated the announcement of over $187 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act heading to Alcan, Alaska for the design and construction of a new Alcan Land Port of Entry (ALCAN) Border Station. Constructed in 1971, the ALCAN is the most isolated land port of entry between the US and Canada, processing commercial truck traffic, in addition to buses and privately-owned vehicles. Th… Continue Reading


03.03.22

Arctic Caucus Co-Chairs Murkowski, King Support Decisions of Arctic Organizations Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chairs of the Senate Arctic Caucus, issued the following statements commending Arctic intergovernmental forums for publicly denouncing Russia's war against Ukraine. This included a joint statement from seven nations of the Arctic Council (all but Russia) and a decision to pause all meetings and engagements in Russia. The Arctic Economic Council also announced actions. "The Arctic has long been a zone of peace where a rules-bas… Continue Reading


03.03.22

Manchin, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Effort to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Ban Russian Energy Imports Act which would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal. They were joined by Senators John Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Brian Schatz (… Continue Reading


03.02.22

ENR Republicans to Biden: Restore America’s Energy Dominance

Today, every Republican member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) sent a letter to President Biden outlining 10 steps he and Congress can take to regain America's energy dominance. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of ENR, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Roger Marshall (R-K… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Murkowski Responds to President Biden’s Address

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tonight released the following response to President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF SENATOR MURKOWSKI Transcript: "We just listened to President Biden's first State of the Union address to Congress. And I believe he started his address appropriately and with the right tone, indicating that the world is watching the devastation in Ukraine, the atrocities that we are seeing delivered by President Putin out of Russia… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Murkowski Hosts EPA, Army Corps Officials and Alaska Stakeholders at WOTUS Roundtable

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted Radhika Fox, the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Jamie Pinkham, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, for a roundtable discussion on the agencies' recently proposed "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The discussion allowed Murkowski and a range of state officials, led by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune, and in… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Senators Collins and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Codify Supreme Court Decisions on Reproductive Rights: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation today that would codify the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade (1973) and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). The Senators will also file their bill, titled the Reproductive Choice Act (RCA), as an amendment to the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), which the Senate will attempt to take up this evening. "I support the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade and affirmed by Planned Paren… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Murkowski Holds Field Hearing on Education in Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), recently chaired a field hearing in Anchorage, Alaska titled, "Transformative and Innovative Strategies for Better Educational Outcomes for Alaska Native Students." The field hearing was held at Alaska Pacific University and featured witnesses from the Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska State Board of Education, Sea Lion Corporation and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. These … Continue Reading


02.28.22

ICYMI: Murkowski Addresses Alaska State Legislature

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently addressed the Alaska State Legislature in a joint legislative session at the State Capitol Building. Senator Murkowski spoke to her optimism for Alaska's future, in part to the actions she and her colleagues have taken in Congress. This includes major relief bills to provide unprecedented federal support to help Alaskans during the COVID-19 pandemic; an historic infrastructure law which will bring significant benefits to our state; diversifying and boo… Continue Reading


02.25.22

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: Alaska-Statewide: $30.6 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding, made available under the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS), will help defray costs incurred by seafood processing facilities and vessels preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alaska… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Murkowski Statement on President Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Biden nominated D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy that will be created when Justice Stephen Breyer retires at the end of the current term. "As we begin the confirmation process, I would be remiss if I didn't first thank Justice Breyer for his decades of service to the nation and steadfast commitment to the Supreme Court's mission-to en… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Murkowski Statement on Russia’s Acts of War against Ukraine

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tonight released the following statement after Russia launched military attacks against the sovereign nation of Ukraine. "Tonight, our worst fears in this crisis have been realized: Russia has invaded Ukraine and is committing acts of war against an innocent people. "This unprovoked action has no place in the 21st century. It is a grievous violation of international law and longstanding norms. And I fear it will lead to massive devastation and a catastro… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Delegation Condemns Biden Administration Filing Against Alaska’s Ambler Road

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) court filing to reopen the Record of Decision for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project (Ambler Road). This project-which began permitting during the Obama administration-received final federal approval in July of 2020, but now faces months of supplemental environmental analysis. "America's lack … Continue Reading


02.21.22

Murkowski Hosts Video Tele-Townhall with Alaska’s Mayors on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted a townhall discussion with over 40 mayors and city managers from across Alaska to speak to the bipartisan infrastructure law. "Working on the bipartisan infrastructure law was one of the most consequential efforts of my career, and it's critical Alaskan communities are ready for the opportunities coming their way," said Senator Lisa Murkowski, a lead author of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "I'm looking forward to Alaska… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Alaska Delegation Introduces Bill to Protect Alaska’s Cruise Season, Boosting Economy and Supporting Small Businesses

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all (R-AK) introduced bicameral legislation to provide a one year extension of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act (ATRA), which was signed into law in May 2021. Under the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA), foreign vessels must stop at a foreign port between U.S. ports. While Canada's borders are currently open to international travelers, they were not in 2021 which is why Alaska's Congressional delegation pushed for an… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Vice Chairman Murkowski Delivers Floor Speech on Alaska Native Civil Rights Leader

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), spoke on the Senate floor on February 16, 2022 to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich and her legacy as an Alaska Native civil rights leader. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivering her floor speech on Elizabeth Peratrovich on February 16, 2022 Excerpts from the Vice Chairman's floor speech: "Mr. President, I've come to the Senate floor to recognize and honor Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was a relentless c… Continue Reading

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