Press Releases

Media Requests: Members of the media can contact the press office by emailing or by calling 206-302-8317 and asking for the press office.


Murkowski: People of King Cove Deserted by Federal Government

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today testified before the Alaska State House Resources Committee in support of House Joint Resolution 30, which calls on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reconsider her rejection of a land exchange that would have provided the people of King Cove with access to medical care in emergencies. "On Dec. 23, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced her decision to reject a lifesaving, limited-use, one-lane gravel road through a miniscule fraction of the Izembek… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Support Victims of Military Sexual Assault

Today Senator Murkowski cast her vote in support of S. 1917 - the Victims Protection Act of 2014, introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) - and was pleased to support this bill which removes the ability for commanding officers to overturn lower level command decisions on sexual assault crimes and heighten the punishments for offenders. The bill passed the U.S. Senate 97-0 moments ago. "The issue of military sexual assault is an incredibly serious one I worry is corroding our armed force… Continue Reading


Murkowski Teams to Reform Jobless Programs, Fund Long-Term Unemployment Insurance Extension

With the nation's economy recovering at a sluggish pace, Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she joined with six of her Republican colleagues in proposing a five-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits that also reforms key jobless programs without adding a dime to the federal deficit. The measure - co-sponsored by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dan Coats (R-IN), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dean Heller (R-NV) - would retroactively provide relief back to when long-term… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Delay on Shellfish Negotiations

On the heels of conversations with Southeast Alaskan fishermen economically impacted by a Chinese ban on West Coast shellfish, Senator Lisa Murkowski is reaching out to federal authorities to encourage them to follow through quickly on plans to travel to China and resolve the dispute. Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration planned on sending representatives to China this past week to work through issues preventing imports of American products into China and determine how bes… Continue Reading


Murkowski Pushes Pentagon for Pearl Harbor Victims to be “Unknown” No Longer

Senator Lisa Murkowski joined a bipartisan group of 15 Senate colleagues in urging the Department of Defense to have the bodies of 21 victims of the Pearl Harbor attack exhumed and identified so that they can either be brought home for burial in their community, or be buried in a marked grave in Hawaii. Military researchers and scientists have concluded that the remains of 21 of the 429 men who perished in the explosive beginning of America's involvement in World War II are buried at the Nat… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Military Sexual Assault is “Underside of Military Culture,” Calls for Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today took to the floor of the United States Senate to encourage her Senate colleagues to pass legislation providing reforms to the military when seeking justice for victims of military sexual assault. After over a year of pressing the Pentagon for a 'culture change' and co-sponsoring several bills that would improve and expand victims' rights and protections, the Senate held procedural votes on two bills offering such measures to get within one step of… Continue Reading


Murkowski: White House “Putting Politics First” with Health Care Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the White House today announcing another change to its signature health care law - an additional extension of the deadline where Americans can keep existing plans it had previously outlawed until 2017, past this year's mid-term elections and after the Obama administration's end - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared the following thoughts with Alaska: "The President promised Americans that if they liked their health plans, they could keep them - and that broken promise wa… Continue Reading


Murkowski: President’s Budget Features No Arctic Focus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today had the following response after finding the President's budget released yesterday does not prioritize Arctic issues, in contrast to the recent public comments claiming otherwise: "Though the administration claims it is taking America's Arctic future seriously, time and time again it has failed to put its money where its mouth is. The President's budget is his yearly opportunity to lay out his priorities. Unfortunately for Alaska and America, he… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Fights House Attempt to Meddle with Bypass Mail

WASHINGTON, DC - The Alaska Delegation today vigorously defended Alaska's bypass mail system against proposed changes that would leave Alaskans with higher costs and less reliable delivery during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Representative Don Young testified before the committee and Senator Lisa Murkowski submitted testimony as part of the delegation's joint efforts to protect bypass mail. During the provocatively titled heari… Continue Reading


Murkowski: New USCG Alaska District Commander Signals Alaskan, Arctic Importance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski responded to the United States Coast Guard today naming Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel to be the Commander of the 17th District, which oversees all of Alaska's waters: "Once again the Coast Guard challenges in Alaska have attracted one of the service's best and brightest. I look forward to working with Rear Admiral Abel as we increase our focus on Arctic strategic priorities. "Of course, this announcement also means a new opportunity for his predecessor … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Offers Roadmap for Lifting Ban on Crude Oil Exports

HOUSTON, TEXAS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today presented a road map for lifting the prohibition against exporting American crude oil. Murkowski, in her keynote address to national and international energy leaders at the 33rd annual CERAWeek conference, called on the Obama administration to update archaic regulations blocking shipments of light oil or "condensates," and to make a presidential finding that oil exports in general are in the national interest. America's unconventional e… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Coast Guard Commandant Nominee

Senator Lisa Murkowski responded to today's White House nomination of Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft to be the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard: "Today's announcement is good news for the nation, great news for Alaska and a positive step forward for America's Arctic future. I had the chance to meet Vice Admiral Zukunft last month and get to know him when he guided me around the new Coast Guard Sector Anchorage building. I was impressed immediately with his… Continue Reading


Murkowski Fisheries Failure Funding Fight Secures Over $20M for Alaska

Last week in her speech to the Alaska State Legislature, Senator Lisa Murkowski cited her 'Coastal Coalition' of 38 Congressmen she built seeking federal relief from fishery failures as an example of her consensus-building in Congress and diligent, daily efforts for Alaska. Today, that fight finally has a dollar amount attached to it, headed to Alaskan communities along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and in Cook Inlet damaged by low Chinook runs in 2012: $20.8 million, as announced this morning… Continue Reading


Murkowski: F-35 Announcement Cements Alaska’s Military Importance

Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the United States Air Force's announcement that both Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are being considered as potential home bases for F-35s, saying: "In the 21stcentury, Alaska is prime military real estate: we have the skies, we have the community support and we reside on the frontlines of the Asia-Pacific region, overlooking the emerging threats from the West. Today's announcement only cements the fact that the Last Frontie… Continue Reading


Murkowski Representing Nation at International Arctic Conference

Senator Lisa Murkowski today is representing the United States of America at a meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) in Ottawa, Canada. She is working alongside representatives from the other Arctic nations, as they study and discuss emerging possibilities and challenges in the region. Among the topics of discussion today are shipping routes through the Northwest Passage and intelligent investment in the region. "It is so encouraging and energizing… Continue Reading


Navy Veteran Overcomes Stereotypes to Excel

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski is today releasing her 21st Veteran Spotlight interview, focusing on the military service of Soldotna resident Jane Fuerstenau who served in the U.S. Navy for five years as a jet mechanic and then served our country in the reserves. During her Veteran Spotlight interview, Fuerstenau recalls being 18 years old and a year and a half into college when she realized it wasn't for her. She decided to join the military. It was the luck of the draw that br… Continue Reading


Murkowski Seeks to Pull Back "Window Dressing" of Arctic Rep

KETCHIKAN, Alaska -One day after sharing her concerns that the recently-announced 'Special Representative for the Arctic' position represents mere "window dressing" on Arctic engagement, Senator Lisa Murkowski called on Secretary John Kerry to meet with her and provide more information about the nature of the position -- and why he is declining to name an official to a full Ambassador position. With Senator Murkowski having recently delivered the Keynote Address at the Global Arctic Symposium a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Celebrates “Hidden Heroes” of Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today shared with Alaskans her commemorating for Black History Month: Click on the image above to watch her video message "Every February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month. It is a valuable way for Americans across the country to appreciate and recall the profound impact African Americans have had on American history. There are many leaders you have heard of, including Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Malcom X, … Continue Reading


Murkowski Success Finalized on Alaska Native Care, Hundreds of Jobs Statewide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, Senator Lisa Murkowski has urged the federal government to follow through on its trust responsibility to America's first people and provide the necessary - and legally-required - resources to attend to their medical needs nationwide. Murkowski today is pleased to see the funding levels, or 'operating plans' of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service reflect her success in the Interior Appropriations Committee in rejecting the injustice of shortchang… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Arctic Representative An Improvement, but Questions Remain

Three days after Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed criticism of the Obama administration's lack of thoughtful, active engagement in the Arctic - through her letter to the President about his 'Implementation Plan' - Secretary of State John Kerry sent her a letter (attached) informing her of his plans to announce a 'Special Representative for the Arctic Region.' Today's letter from Secretary Kerry follows a series of discussions between Senator Murkowski and Vice President Joe Biden on this matter… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149 Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153 Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157 Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Page 161 Page 162 Page 163 Page 164 Page 165 Page 166 Page 167 Page 168 Page 169 Page 170 Page 171 Page 172 Page 173 Page 174 Page 175 Page 176 Page 177 Page 178 Page 179 Page 180 Page 181 Page 182 Page 183 Page 184 Page 185 Page 186 Page 187 Page 188 Page 189 Page 190 Page 191 Page 192 Page 193 Page 194 Page 195 Page 196 Page 197 Page 198 Page 199 Page 200 Page 201 Page 202 Page 203 Page 204 Page 205 Page 206 Page 207 Page 208 Page 209 Page 210 Page 211 Page 212 Page 213 Page 214 Page 215 Page 216 Page 217 Page 218 Page 219 Page 220 Page 221 Page 222 Page 223 Page 224 Page 225 Page 226 Page 227
Showing page   of 227