Press Releases

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01.03.23

Murkowski Sworn-In for New Term at Start of 118th Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement after she was officially sworn-in to a new term as senior Senator for Alaska: "Serving Alaska is one of the greatest honors of my life. I'm excited and optimistic as we enter a new year and a new Congress, especially coming off our tremendous successes in the one we adjourned earlier today. I'm humbled to take the Oath of Office to continue representing the state I love, and ready to get back to work on Alaskans… Continue Reading


12.29.22

Murkowski Delivers on Alaska Priorities in Annual Interior Bill

The U.S. Senate recently passed an omnibus appropriations package containing funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2023. The measure includes the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee's annual bill, which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) negotiated as the panel's Ranking Member. Murkowski championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, invest in water and wastewater infrastructure, improve access and recreation on public lands, provide health and other critical services to… Continue Reading


12.28.22

Murkowski Ensures Year-End Omnibus Contains Significant Assistance, Funding for University of Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today welcomed passage of the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act, which she added to the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The year-end omnibus also includes multiple Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) allocations totaling $8.325 million that Murkowski requested and secured on behalf of the University of Alaska (UA). "The University plays a critical role in educating Alaskans, adding to our workforce and shaping the very future… Continue Reading


12.28.22

After Years of Limbo, Delegation Secures Rebecca Trimble’s Permanent Resident Status

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today celebrated the enactment of private legislation they led with the late Congressman for all Alaska, Don Young. The measure - H.R. 681, For the Relief of Rebecca Trimble - is now Private Law 117-1, and provides Mrs. Trimble with a pathway to lawful permanent resident status in the United States. "After a decade of uncertainty and legal appeals, I'm so pleased that we have put an end to any possibility of deportation and provided … Continue Reading


12.27.22

Murkowski Champions Mental and Behavioral Health Provisions in FY 2023 Appropriations Package

As a senior appropriator, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) played a key role in securing numerous mental and behavioral health provisions within the omnibus appropriations package that funds the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Recognizing the need to bolster mental and behavioral health support in Alaska, Murkowski prioritized suicide prevention programs, treatment and recovery opportunities for those struggling with substance misuse, and expansion of the mental hea… Continue Reading


12.27.22

Murkowski Delivers Big Wins for Alaska’s Fisheries and Oceans in Consolidated Appropriations Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured significant funding for fisheries and oceans priorities in Alaska in the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. As a result of Murkowski's work, the year-end omnibus includes $15 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) allocations for ocean and river research to be performed by Alaskans in addition to significant programmatic support through agency budgets. (Cli… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Year-End Omnibus Supports Readiness, Security, Military Construction, and Servicemember and Veteran Well-Being

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, secured funding and assistance for Alaska throughout the measure. Through her role as a senior member of the Defense and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittees, Murkowski added significant fundi… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Murkowski Delivers Congressionally Directed Spending for 130+ Alaska Projects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today announced that she secured close to $500 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The funding will benefit over 130 community-driven projects in Alaska. Through this process, Murkowski delivered significant investments for workforce development, fisherie… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Murkowski: Year-End Omnibus Packed with Good News for Alaska

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, helped write major parts of the bill and secured significant funding and assistance for Alaska throughout it. She championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, accelerate workforce development, and support military… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Schatz, Murkowski: Bills Supporting Native Language Revitalization, Tribal Water Access, Economic Development, MMIP Resources Set To Become Law

WASHINGTON - 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, released the following statements on eight bills set to become law - S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2021; S. 1402, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021; S. 3168, a bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to modify the en… Continue Reading


12.22.22

Merkley-Murkowski Bill Expanding Breastfeeding Protections for Workers Poised to Become Law

Washington D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that their bipartisan Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support as an amendment to Congress's fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by President Biden this week. "Breastfeeding is great for the baby and great for moms," said Senator … Continue Reading


12.21.22

U.S. Senate Reauthorizes Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, support the pediatric cancer community, and find new cures and effective treatments, the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2022 (S. 4120). Introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) with strong bipartisan support from cosponsors Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), this bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading


12.21.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Secure New White House Commitments on Willow

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today released the following joint statement after a meeting at the White House about the Willow Project on Alaska's North Slope. "We met today with senior officials from the White House, Department of the Interior, and Department of Labor regarding Alaska's Willow Project, our second meeting in the past ten days. The Administration committed to having a final Supplement… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Electoral Count Reform Act Included in Year-End Omnibus

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) welcomed the inclusion of bipartisan legislation to reform and modernize the Electoral Count Act of 1887 within the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is scheduled to be voted on this week. The legislation, known as the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, is led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and cosponsored by Senator Murkowski, along with 36 of their Senate collea… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Cornyn, Padilla, Tester, and Murkowski Bill to Allow Unspent COVID Relief Dollars for Infrastructure, Disaster Relief Passes Senate

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statements after the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, which would make changes to several categories of infrastructure investments and disaster relief eligible for unspent COVID-19 relief dollars, passed the Senate unanimously: "Texas leaders from across the state have been left with more pandemic re… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Murkowski Leads Senate Passage Of Land Transfer Legislation To Improve Alaska Native Health Care Access

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved H.R.441, the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act of 2022. The bill contains three separate Senate land conveyance bills sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that were merged into one bill, H.R.441, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to the President's Desk. "I thank my Senate colleagues for approving the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act. I have worked for several… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Schatz, Murkowski: Tribal Land Transfer Bills Set To Become Law

WASHINGTON - 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, released the following statements on Senate passage of - H.R. 441, the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act of 2022; H.R. 478, the Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act; H.R. 4881, the Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act; S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2021… Continue Reading


12.19.22

Murkowski-Led Efforts to Protect Alaska’s Oceans and Environment Pass in Annual NDAA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, applauded the recent passage of H.R. 7776, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), which included several Murkowski-led provisions aimed at supporting the blue economy and protecting Alaska's oceans and environment, such as the bipartisan BLUE GLOBE Act she championed with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The bill also invests in port and harbor in… Continue Reading


12.16.22

Murkowski Supports Bipartisan Permitting Reform

Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement after voting for the Building American Energy Security Act, a measure to reform the dysfunctional federal permitting process for energy and natural resource projects. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, offered it as an amendment to H.R. 7776, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, after negotiations with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and a small group of bipart… Continue Reading


12.16.22

Senate Passes Sullivan-Murkowski Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate this week voted unanimously to pass the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act, legislation introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) that would form a panel of Alaska's salmon stakeholders and research experts to study Pacific salmon trends and create a coordinated research strategy for Pacific salmon in Alaska to support robust salmon runs. The Research Task Force would be directed to conduct a comprehensive review of Pacific salmon scienc… Continue Reading

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