Press Releases

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02.25.20

Murkowski: Forest Service Should Prioritize Wildland Fire Management, Reasonable Access to Alaska Forests

Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today convened a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine the President's $5.3 billion budget request for the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) for Fiscal Year 2021. During the hearing, Murkowski addressed the importance of fire management, the need for sustainable timber harvesting and recreation access in Alaska, and the disturbing rise in firefighter suicides. "Although this year's budget request is far from perfect, I agre… Continue Reading


02.14.20

Murkowski, Cortez Masto Co-Host MMIW Briefing on Capitol Hill

Building on her long-standing efforts to address rural Alaska's public safety emergency, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) helped lead a Capitol Hill briefing with U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on ways to increase the safety of Native women and address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people. The briefing also covered other topics, including issues for PL 280 states, the implementation of 2013 special jurisdiction, and various pieces of legislation that Senator Murkows… Continue Reading


02.14.20

U.S. Senators Tina Smith & Lisa Murkowski Press Secretary DeVos for Answers About Undercounting American Indian and Alaska Native Students

U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pressed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to stop undercounting the number of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students in America's schools. Inaccurately identifying students leads to an incomplete picture of whether or not a school is adequately meeting students' educational needs. Sens. Smith and Murkowski-both members of the Senate Indian Affairs and Education Committees-said that the Department of Education's guidance a… Continue Reading


02.14.20

Murkowski, Smith Introduce Bill to Protect Children from Human Trafficking

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), every two minutes a child is being victimized for sexual exploitation. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Training Act of 2020, which would prevent the human trafficking and exploitation of children by providing grants critical for training students, parents, teachers, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human tr… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Murkowski Votes for War Powers Resolution

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after joining her colleagues to pass a bipartisan bill, the Iran War Powers Resolution: "My vote today was to terminate the use of hostilities against Iran." said Senator Murkowski. "The passage of this resolution in no way restricts the president's ability to defend our troops nor does it place them in greater danger. It clearly establishes the lines and responsibilities of the executive and legislative branches of government. A… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Delegation Responds to Misguided Letter Seeking to Undermine Investment in Alaska

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, sent a letter this week to the chief executives of 11 major banks in response to a misguided letter that a number of their Democratic colleagues sent in late January. The delegation's letter calls out mischaracterizations being made as part of an effort to deter investment in responsible energy production in a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Below is an excerpt from the letter: "Unfortunately, but not… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Murkowski Supports Legislation to Restore Voting Rights Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she is co-sponsoring S. 561, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, as the lead Republican on the bill. Sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the legislation improves certain provisions of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013. Murkowski co-sponsored this same legislation in both the 115th and 114th Congress. "There is nothing more fundamental than the right to vote, wh… Continue Reading


02.11.20

ENR Advances Two Interior Nominees

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) today held a business meeting to advance the following nominees to the full Senate for confirmation: Ms. Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and Mr. Lanny Erdos to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement at the Department of the Interior. "Ms. MacGregor and Mr. Erdos are both well-qualified and have bipartisan support. I hope we can move swiftly to confirm b… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Murkowski Statement on President’s Budget Request

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Trump unveiled a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2021: "The President's request marks the start of the budget process and clearly outlines the administration's priorities. Those of us in Congress will take those requests under consideration as we work to determine what programs to fund and at what levels. As an Appropriator, I look forward to moving through the Fiscal Year 2021 process in a manner that addresses … Continue Reading


02.06.20

Sens. Coons, Braun announce founding members of bipartisan Senate ALS Caucus

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) announced the founding members of the bipartisan Senate ALS Caucus: U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.). "I'm excited to join Senator Braun in announcing 12 n… Continue Reading


02.03.20

Senator Murkowski Speaks on Impeachment Trial

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today spoke on the Senate floor on the current court of impeachment of President Donald J. Trump and the upcoming Senate votes on the articles of impeachment. Full video and speech text are included below. VIDEO: CLICK HERE TO WATCH SPEECH. SPEECH TEXT: "I rise to address the trial of Donald John Trump. The founders gave this body the sole power to try all impeachments, and exercising that power is a weighty responsibility. "This was only the third time … Continue Reading


02.03.20

Senator Murkowski Announces 2020 Military Academy Nominations

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proudly announced the names of 30 young Alaskans she nominated to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2024. "It's an honor to nominate these exceptional young men and women to attend our military service academies. These bright and determined Alaskans have worked hard to excel in all areas, and I deeply appreciate their willingness to serve," said Senator Murkowski. "I wish each of the nominees well as their application process continues… Continue Reading


01.31.20

House Companion of Shaheen, Murkowski Bipartisan Bill to Improve Girls’ Access to School Worldwide Clears House of Representatives

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the passage of the House companion legislation to their bipartisan bill - the Keeping Girls in School Act - which cleared the House of Representatives this afternoon. The bipartisan legislation would help address unique barriers adolescent girls in developing countries face in accessing an education. Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21) led the effort in the House of Representatives with Representatives Susan Brooks (IN-05) a… Continue Reading


01.31.20

Murkowski’s Statement on Senate Impeachment Process Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement on the Senate vote regarding additional evidence for the court of impeachment: "I worked for a fair, honest, and transparent process, modeled after the Clinton trial, to provide ample time for both sides to present their cases, ask thoughtful questions, and determine whether we need more. "The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses … Continue Reading


01.30.20

Klobuchar, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Promote Enforcement of the Federal Hate Crimes Law

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to combat the rise of hate crimes. According to the FBI, attacks motivated by bias or prejudice reached a 16-year high in 2018. The Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act ensures that federal prosecutors can effectively enforce the federal hate crimes law. "As a former prosecutor, I've seen firsthand the trauma that hate crimes can inflict not only on victims, but also on entire communities. We must stand togeth… Continue Reading


01.29.20

Cardin, Murkowski Applaud Virginia’s Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement following Virginia's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). "With Virginia's historic ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, the state officially becomes the 38th and final state required to make the ERA part of the U.S. Constitution. This decades-long effort is now one step closer to victory and proving that there is no time limit on equality. "We urge the Archivist to complete the ERA's… Continue Reading


01.28.20

Senate Resolution Supports National Trafficking, Modern Slavery Prevention Month

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced a resolution in support of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month. The resolution works to raise awareness by highlighting how prevalent cases are in the U.S. as well as identifying solutions to combat human trafficking. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is an original cosponsor. [The full text of the resolution can be found here.] "Human trafficking and modern-day slavery are scourges on our society… Continue Reading


01.23.20

Murkowski: Revised WOTUS Rule Will Provide Clarity and Ease Regulatory Burden

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced their final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. "I have worked for years to try to prevent federal agencies from massively expanding the definition of the 'Waters of the United States,' and I appreciate this administration's efforts to return to a more reasonable regulation that does not block private construction or harm econo… Continue Reading


01.22.20

Shaheen, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Bill to Hold E-Cigarette Companies Accountable for the Youth Vaping Crisis

This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect children from the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would require that e-cigarette manufacturers pay user fees to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help to fund more activity at FDA to conduct stronger oversight of the e-cigarette industry and increase a… Continue Reading


01.20.20

Murkowski Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shared the following statement: (Click here for video of Senator Murkowski.) "Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we pause in remembrance and celebration of a civil rights hero whose commitment to justice and equality continue to inspire. "While Dr. King's dream was central to the African-American struggle for equality in the face of persistent racial discrimination, it was also a call to action for each of us, re… Continue Reading

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