Press Releases

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09.23.22

Alaska Delegation Applauds Approval of Major Disaster Declaration for Western Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska) today welcomed an announcement that President Joe Biden just approved Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy's (R-Alaska) request for a Major Disaster declaration to support Western Alaska's recovery from the impact of Typhoon Merbok on Alaskan families, homes, businesses, schools, and infrastructure. This announcement comes just two days after the delegation sent a letter urging the Presi… Continue Reading


09.23.22

$63 Million in Broadband Investments Announced for Alaska

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today announced that communities on the North Slope and in Southeast Alaska will receive a total of $63 million for high-speed internet network buildout / deployment projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program grants, awarded to the Alaska Telephone Company and Arctic Slope Telephone, will help improve broadband access, including its affordability, for rural communities. "Having reliable interne… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Strengthens Alaska’s Wildfire Resilience

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today announced the Department of the Interior (DOI) is investing over $3.3 million in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, to bolster wildfire resilience on nearly 8,000 acres of land across Alaska. These wildland fire management investments will increase fuels treatments in "high wildfire hazard potential" areas, which will help protect homes, businesses, and other critical infrast… Continue Reading


09.22.22

ALASKA NATIVE LEADERS APPOINTED TO NEW TRIBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Recently, Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), announced the first round of appointments to the new GAO Tribal Advisory Council, which include three Alaska Native leaders. The appointees will tap their knowledge and experience serving Native communities to assist GAO in overseeing federal programs and addressing the many challenges facing Native communities across the country. The three Alaska Natives appointed to t… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Press Biden Administration to Quickly Re-Approve Ambler Road Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, recently sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland reiterating their strong support for the Ambler Access Project (Ambler Road). The Senators called on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to promptly complete its work to re-approve the Ambler Road following DOI's request for a voluntary remand of the project's Record of Decision (ROD). Murkowski and Sullivan specifically urged DOI to commit to a concrete timel… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska - Statewide: $3 million to 23 Alaska tribal communities from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for enhancing existing library services or to implement new library services. Alaska - Statewide: $35.3 million to 20 entities in Alaska, including Alaska Native tribes and Native o… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Alaska Delegation Urges Biden Administration to Approve Major Disaster Declaration for Western Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska) sent a letter yesterday to President Joe Biden urging him to expeditiously approve Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy’s (R-Alaska) request for a Major Disaster declaration to support Western Alaska’s recovery from the impact of Typhoon Merbok on Alaskan families, homes, businesses, schools, and infrastructure.“This was the strongest storm in seventy years to imp… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Urge BLM to Re-Approve Willow Project By Year’s End

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete the permitting process for the Willow Project in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) by the end of the year, in time for the winter construction season. In their letter, the Alaska congressional delegation noted that the project has been develop… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Welcome Congresswoman Mary Peltola to the House of Representatives

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today attended the official swearing-in ceremony for Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), Alaska's newly-elected Congresswoman, who will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young's term. Following the event, the Senators released the following statements: "I congratulate Congresswoman Peltola on her swearing-in and welcome her, not only as a member of our delegation, but also as the first Alaska Native to ever serve … Continue Reading


09.02.22

Murkowski: $2 Million Announced by USDA to Support Agriculture in Alaska

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $2 million to the Alaska Division of Agriculture for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP), which will be available to fund grants for eligible Alaskans next calendar year. "Alaska mports about 95 percent of the food we eat, and far too many Alaskans face food insecurity. That's why I created the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program in 2018 - to ensure mo… Continue Reading


08.31.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Urge Energy Department To Complete, Without Delay, Draft SEIS for AKLNG Project

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing their support for the Alaska LNG Project (AKLNG), and urging the department to "complete, without delay, finalization of the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS)" for the project. The letter calls for the DOE to reissue their approval of the project. "Given the United States is on the brink of an economic recession, c… Continue Reading


08.31.22

Murkowski Announces Savanna’s Act Guidelines for State of Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauds the announcement that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska has completed Savanna's Act guidelines for Alaska. This bipartisan legislation, authored and stewarded into law by Senator Murkowski, requires federal law enforcement to create standard guidelines on responding to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans and strengthen data collection on them. This announcement follows a May 2022 letter by Senators Murkowski, Catherine C… Continue Reading


08.30.22

Murkowski Recognized as Honorary Chief of the USCG

During a recent visit to Air Station Sitka to see firsthand the proposed Fast Response Cutter (FRC) housing and homeporting location, the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Admiral Linda Fagan, recognized U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski as an honorary Chief Petty Officer of the USCG, a title given only to individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to the Coast Guard's core values. The surprise announcement took place during a ceremony to present three members of the Air… Continue Reading


08.26.22

Murkowski Welcomes New Staff Members to Wasilla and D.C. Offices

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announces the addition of new staff members to both her Washington, D.C., and Wasilla, Alaska, offices. The Senator welcomes Marie Cozzetti as her new Press Assistant in the D.C. office, and Easter Vito as her new Community Liaison Outreach Coordinator in Wasilla, providing services throughout the Mat-Su and Southcentral Alaska. "I am excited to welcome Easter Vito and Marie Cozzetti to strengthen our already outstanding team. Their love for Alaska will be a g… Continue Reading


08.26.22

U.S. State Department Announces Plan to Establish Ambassador for the Arctic Region

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, today applauded the announcement that the U.S. State Department has established an Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic Region-an initiative she has persistently advocated for. "Before today, the U.S. was the only Arctic nation without dedicated diplomatic representation for the Arctic Region at the Ambassador level or higher. For years I have advocated for our country to elevate our Arctic leadership and diplomatic efforts… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Senator Murkowski Opposes Biden Administration’s Student Loan Proposal

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) provided the following statement after the Biden administration announced a student debt relief plan which includes a final extension of the zero percent interest student loan repayment pause, up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients, and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non-Pell Grant recipients whose income falls below $125,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples. In addition, the administration is proposin… Continue Reading


08.19.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Welcome over $45 Million DOT Grant to the Native Village of Eyak to Benefit Oil Spill Response Facility

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today announced $45.7 million in a U.S. Department of Transportation grant has been awarded to the Native Village of Eyak. This funding will allow for a 4.2 mile highway extension to connect to Cordova's existing road system at Orca Creek to the Shepard Point Oil Spill Response Facility. "The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill resulted in the release of roughly eleven million gallons of crude oil into the open ocean, impacting … Continue Reading


08.19.22

Murkowski Welcomes Three Staff Members from the Late Congressman Don Young’s Office

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that three former members of the late Congressman for All Alaska Don Young's (R-AK) staff will continue their service to our state from her Washington, DC offices. The three individuals are Kevin Swanson, Michael Songer, and Lauren Noland. "I work hard every day to represent all Alaskans. Our state has many unique needs and challenges, so having a strong staff that really understands Alaska and the legislative process is pivotal… Continue Reading


08.18.22

Vice Chairman Murkowski to Hold Media Availability Following SCIA Field Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), will hold a media availability for reporters in Unalaska on the committee's field hearing, "Contaminated Land Conveyances: the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Detrimental Impacts of Contamination on Native Communities and the Next Steps for Environmental Justice," including the testimony provided by the following witnesses: MR. STE… Continue Reading


08.17.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska-Statewide: $9.7 million to Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) from U.S. Department of Commerce for Healthcare Workforce Training. Alaska - Statewide: $50.6 million to the State of Alaska from Doyon Lim… Continue Reading

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