Press Releases

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08.01.18

Murkowski’s Interior Bill Passes Senate, Major Milestone

In a historic move today the full Senate passed, by a vote of 92 to 6, a funding package that includes U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Murkowski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Interior, Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, managed the legislation on the Senate floor. This is the first time the Interior bill was considered on the Senate floor, including final passage, in … Continue Reading


08.01.18

Funding Package Managed by Murkowski Passes Senate 92-6

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently voted in favor of a funding package, which combines the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations bills for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD); Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Financial Services and General Government; as well as Senator Murkowski's Interior, Environment and Related Agencies bill. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Se… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Annual Defense Bill Heading to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the final version of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation which supports our troops through the biggest pay raise in nearly ten years and provides our military with the resources needed to face emerging threats and protect Americans at home and abroad. The bill passed by a 87-10 vote, sending it to the President for his signature. "Our national security must always remain a top priority. And with tensions … Continue Reading


07.31.18

Murkowski: Reducing Healthcare Costs

As Alaska faces some of the highest healthcare costs in the nation, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today participated in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to address ways to reduce healthcare costs, specifically focused on decreasing administrative spending. The hearing featured Alaskan witness, Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Association, who testified on the obstacles hospitals and nursing facilities face in comply… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Murkowski Questions Administration on Impacts of Seafood Tariffs

During a Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing recently, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questioned Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, on the administration's plans to ensure our trade policy allows seafood producers to thrive, citing China's recently announced 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports. "It has clearly rattled my state. Our seafood industry is the number one private industry in terms of the jobs and the economic… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Cortez Masto, Murkowski Introduce End Trafficking of Native Americans Act

U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today introduced the End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018. This bill addresses some of the gaps between tribal communities and the federal government in combatting human trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It would establish an advisory committee on human trafficking comprised of law enforcement, tribal leaders, and service providers to make r… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Legislation for Academic Achievement of Career and Technical Education Students

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation reauthorizing the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, a law crucial to helping our nation's students obtain skills to be successful in today's workplace. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, assisted in drafting the Senate's Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act in consultation with Alaskan stakeholders and tribal advocates. "Alaska is doing righ… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Murkowski Convenes Hearing on Global Oil Prices

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine volatility in global oil prices, which have been driven by strong economic growth, rising demand, supply restrictions from OPEC, and geopolitical events around the world. "This year has been marked by greater volatility, which has shown up in the prices being paid at the pump by nearly every American family and business," Murkowski said. "Prices are notably higher than a year ago, so the questions we're here to ask include: … Continue Reading


07.23.18

Senate Tees Up Senator Murkowski’s Interior Appropriations Bill

Today the U.S. Senate moved to consider its second Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 government funding package, which includes Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This marks the first time that the Interior bill has been on the floor for full Senate consideration since FY 2010. Senator Murkowski, a senior member on the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, was selected … Continue Reading


07.23.18

Murkowski Votes to Confirm New VA Secretary

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Robert L. Wilkie to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Wilkie was confirmed by a vote of 86-9. "Success at the VA means one thing --- and that is serving our veterans. And because Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state in the U.S., it is especially important that we confirm the right individual to lead this important agency. After scandals and poor reports, it's more crucial … Continue Reading


07.23.18

ICYMI: Murkowski on C-SPAN’s “Alaska Weekend”

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently interviewed with C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss what her chairmanship on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee brings to Alaska, how she's educating her colleagues on the opportunities and challenges in Alaska, and her process of vetting the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The segment aired during C-SPAN's "Alaska Weekend" as part of the C-SPAN Nationwide Roadshow. (Click here and image above for full interview.) O… Continue Reading


07.20.18

In First Bipartisan Statement, Senators Urge President to Keep Families Together

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Susan Collins (R-ME) in a bipartisan group of more than two dozen senators in sending a letter to President Trump, stating that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is the first bipartisan statement firmly opposing the family separation policy and urging the administration to work with the faith community on its efforts to r… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Committee Reviews Proposals to Reorganize and Modernize DOE and DOI

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the administration's efforts to reorganize and modernize the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). "It's our responsibility to look at the structures of government and determine whether they are as efficient and effective as we expect," Murkowski said. "Putting ideas on the table for improvements is a good thing - something we should encourage. And from there, it's on all of us to consider thos… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Combat Workplace Harassment and Increase Transparency and Accountability

Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), Ted Poe (R-TX-02), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) introduced H.R. 6406, Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act, to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding workplace harassment, and bolster transparency and accountability. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). "Sexual ha… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Murkowski, Brown, Portman Provision To Give States More Time, Flexibility To Comply With Federal Law Sent To President’s Desk

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that legislation based on their proposal to give states more flexibility and time to implement electronic verification systems to better serve patients was passed by the Senate. Their proposal now heads to the President's desk to become law. Earlier this year Murkowski, Brown, and Portman introduced a bipartisan bill to delay the implementation of a provision contained in the 21st Century Cures Act law t… Continue Reading


07.17.18

Murkowski: Congress Must Act to Reduce America’s Foreign Mineral Dependence

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the Department of the Interior's final list of critical minerals for 2018 and opportunities to reverse our nation's growing dependence on foreign suppliers. This is the fifth hearing the committee has held on U.S. mineral security in recent years. "Our foreign dependence has almost doubled in the past two decades alone," Murkowski said. "While these trends were ignored for a long time, the administration has taken several po… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Murkowski Statement on Trump-Putin Press Conference in Helsinki

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference at the conclusion of the Helsinki Summit. "I'm stunned that President Trump failed to take this opportunity to confront President Putin about the interference in our elections. President Trump ultimately validated Putin at the expense of American intelligence by giving credence to Putin's claim to have not interfered in our elections. … Continue Reading


07.13.18

Murkowski Welcomes Second Session of Summer Interns to Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week, welcomed her second group of summer interns to Washington, D.C. to work in her office for the month. These recent Alaskan high school graduates have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the United States Senate by shadowing Senator Murkowski throughout the work-day, such as during hearings and meetings, in addition to assisting the office with administrative and clerical tasks and projects. "As someone who took part in an intern program in D.C… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Murray, Murkowski, Jayapal Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Reintroduction of Legislation to Bolster Critical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the HELP Committee, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA7), announced a bipartisan, bicameral reintroduction of the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), legislation that would provide guidance and support to states and hospitals providing sexual assault examination services and treatment to survivors. Senator Murray, Se… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Murkowski: Infrastructure Investments, Timely Permits Crucial for Dependable Energy Supply

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine policy issues facing interstate delivery networks for natural gas and electricity, which was prompted by last month's oversight hearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The committee today dove more deeply into a number of issues impacting our nation's capacity to deliver affordable, clean, diverse, and secure energy. Murkowski opened the hearing by emphasizing the importance of energy delivery infrastruct… Continue Reading

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