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Violence Against Women Act Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that she co-sponsored, adding that the legislation is now at a critical juncture as it heads to the House of Representatives. The bill resoundingly passed on a bipartisan basis, 78-22. The bill reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act which was enacted nearly two decades ago, strengthens and improves existing programs that assist victims and survivors of dome… Continue Reading


Murkowski Keeps Top Republican Position on Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that she is retaining her Ranking Member status on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee - where she will have a critical seat at the negotiating table to set the funding priorities for an enormous range of Alaskan-related policy areas. In her position of Ranking Member, she will work directly with both Senate and House Chairmen, as well as the Administration to craft each year's final bill. The Subcommittee holds responsibility for th… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: America’s Abundance of Natural Gas Holds Great Economic Promise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today stressed the importance of a thoughtful approach to dealing with issues affecting natural gas during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the topic. (Click photo for full video of the opening statement.) "Without a doubt, the new technology that we're seeing has enabled a natural gas boom that has changed our energy landscape and the outlook for our economy," Murkowski said. "Natural gas is now an abundant, affordable, … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Calls on White House, Interior to Approve King Cove Access Road

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent letters to President Obama and Vice President Biden urging them to reverse a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision opposing a land exchange that would provide emergency road access for the people of King Cove, Alaska. "I could not feel more strongly that the Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision was wrong, and that if allowed to stand it would have grave consequences for the people of King Cove," Murkowski wrote in the le… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Senate Action on Violence Against Women Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski took to the United States Senate floor for the second time in two consecutive Senate workdays, urging her colleagues to pass the important Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that will continue support efforts and programs nationwide to combat and police domestic violence. Last Thursday, Murkowski opened her remarks focused on the Interior Department's controversial Izembek decision by asking her colleagues to advance the important VAW… Continue Reading


With Murkowski Seeking Answers, Senate Appropriations Committee Schedules Sequestration Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - A week after Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the heads of the Senate Appropriations Committee to get clarity on the looming threat of sequestration and undefined across-the-board federal cuts, a hearing today was scheduled for next Thursday where Cabinet officials will present their spending plans. With $85 billion in indiscriminate cuts to many federal agencies set to begin on March 1st, there has been little solid information shared by the administration on how these cuts will b… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Secretary of State Kerry to Maintain American Leadership, Momentum in Arctic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today reached out to new Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to prioritize America's Arctic engagement as his predecessor did, with Murkowski becoming the first U.S. Senator to participate in the Arctic Parliamentarians' conference in 2011 with former Secretary of State Clinton - making a high-profile national commitment to Arctic issues. In a letter to the Department of State (attached), Senator Murkowski calls upon expanded U.S. leadership in a … Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Frankenfish, Pirate Fishing Fights

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined two Senate colleagues in introducing a number of bills that would protect Alaska's fishing industry from foreign and domestic threats in the form of illegal fishing and Genetically Engineered Fish, including GE salmon known as "Frankenfish." "We have scientists splicing fish DNA with an antifreeze-like chemical compound and considering feeding that to Americans," said Murkowski. "That kind of idea didn't work out so well in 'Jurassic Park' … Continue Reading


Murkowski to Interior: Respect the Lives of Alaskans First

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate demanding that the Secretary of the Interior put the health and safety of Alaskans above the inconvenience of migrating birds when deciding whether a land exchange, involving the Izembek National Refuge, that would grant the residents of King Cove limited road access to emergency medical care was in the public interest. Click to watch video clip of Sen. Murkowski's floor speech on t… Continue Reading


Murkowski on USPS Saturday Service Cancellation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the United States Postal Service's decision to stop delivering to street addresses all mail but packages on Saturdays as the financially-challenged service tries to cut costs: "Last year the United States Postal Service lost 16 billion dollars, with more and more Americans relying on e-mail, texting and online billpay - so the time has come to reevaluate how they do things. Even the Social Security Administration, which began phasing … Continue Reading


Murkowski Introducing “Alaska Wellness Package”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the same day she spoke to the National Rural Health Association Conference, Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she will introduce four separate pieces of health care legislation tomorrow designed to improve Alaskans' and Americans' quality of life. Two of the bills would address national issues with an acutely Alaska component: improved access to quality care for Medicare recipients and better diagnosis and care for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The second pa… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Interior Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the nomination of Sally Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior. Jewel is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). "So many of the decisions made by the Interior Secretary have a profound impact on Alaska, and other Western states," Murkowski said. "The livelihoods of Americans living and working in the West rely on maintaining a real balance between conservation and economic opportunity… Continue Reading


Murkowski Celebrates Ten Years of Going Red in the Fight Against Cardiovascular Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following statement in celebration of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Day. (Click HERE to watch video message) "Hi this is Lisa Murkowski. I am proudly wearing red today to celebrate the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Day. Today marks ten passionate years of "Going Red", and I'm honored to participate in this continued fight against cardiovascular disease." "Heart disease, stroke, and other cardio… Continue Reading


With Sequestration Looming in a Month, Murkowski Demanding Clarity From Administration

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today urged the heads of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to hold a hearing as soon as possible to get hard, precise numbers from the Administration about the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to many federal agencies set to begin on March 1st. With the federal government accounting for one-third of Alaska's economy, these cuts have significant meaning for every region and every industry in the state - and no specifics have been announ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Bill to Fight Violence Against Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski has joined a bipartisan team of Senators in introducing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill to continue to support efforts and programs nationwide to combat and police domestic violence, as well as providing services and care for victims. A similar version of the bill - which originally became law over twenty years ago - passed the Senate last year, but stalled in the House of Representatives despite Murkowski urging the other cha… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Not All American War Heroes Were Americans”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced a bill to bring Hmong volunteers who made major contributions to the American cause in the Vietnam War out of the shadows of covert warfare, and into our national cemeteries as a permanent, lasting honor. During the Vietnam War, the CIA conducted covert operations in Laos utilizing thousands of Hmong volunteers - a minority group persecuted by communists - to perform stealth operations in the "secret war" on the Ho Chi Minh trail and cros… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Vote Will “Curb Our Appetite for Spending”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted to allow the United States to pay our debts while requiring the U.S. Senate pass a budget for the first time in nearly four years, offering the following statement afterwards: "I have been telling Alaskans and Americans for years that we are on a reckless path, borrowing money from other countries and future generations to stay afloat today. It is clear we absolutely must rein in our finances, using a comprehensive approach of targeted spen… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Udall Again Lead Bipartisan Seating Push

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski was joined by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) today to renew their push for members of Congress to set aside partisanship for an evening and sit together during the president's State of the Union address. The two wrote a letter (attached) directly to U.S. Senate and House of Representative leaders, encouraging support for this small but meaningful gesture. Last year, the two Senators were able to build enough momentum that over 200 lawmakers sat side-by-side… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Anchorage Land Transfer Bill to Boost Economic Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation to transfer permanent title of three parcels of federal land located in downtown Anchorage to the Municipality. The 2.7 acres in downtown Anchorage had been given to the city - which has always been surrounded by federal lands - by the federal government between 1922 and 1982. The parcels were initially transferred to Anchorage to ensure that the local government had sufficient land resources to provide services for the grow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today received the United States Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award from U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for her "selfless service to the Nation's Sailors and Marines [that] ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the Nation's interests around the globe," according to the certificate. The Navy also recognized her Arctic leadership that guarantees "our combat forces are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic op… Continue Reading

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