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Senate Passes Key Infrastructure Provisions for Alaska Ports and Harbors

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) celebrated today's passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 on the Senate floor. The legislation includes key victories for Alaska infrastructure, including increased cost-sharing for the Nome Arctic Deep Draft Port (resulting in community savings of $132 million) and authorization for the Elim Subsistence Harbor project. Following… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Announce Over $116 Million in Infrastructure Funding for High-Speed Internet in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding over $116 million to improve high-speed internet access in numerous Alaska villages and communities. These grants were made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), led by Senator Murkowski. The grants come through USDA's ReConnect Program, which aims to ensure high-speed internet for all communities across the United States. Alaska has… Continue Reading


Murkowski Issues Statement on Latest GDP Report

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce released data showing real gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2022, following a decline of 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2022. Two consecutive quarters of GDP decline indicate the U.S. economy is in recession. "Between falling GDP, rising interest rates, high gas prices, the highest inflation in four decades, stagnating wage growth, and war… Continue Reading


Murkowski Advances Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) offshore revenue sharing bill, S. 2996, the Alaska Offshore Parity Act, advanced late last week out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) to the full Senate. Murkowski's bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), would establish a federal offshore revenue sharing program for Alaska that provides parity with revenue sharing elsewhere in the outer Continental Shelf. "I have made it very clear that Alaska must be eligible for the same… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Dedicated Nursing Spaces in VA Medical Centers for Mothers Who Are Veterans

This week U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced the bipartisan Lactation Spaces for Veteran Moms Act to ensure every medical center managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contains a hygienic, private space specifically designated for nursing for veterans, VA employees, and their partners. There are currently 90 VA medical centers across the country with such designated rooms, but t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Prioritizing American-Made Energy

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor to urge the Biden administration to prioritize American-made energy. Specifically, Senator Murkowski highlighted record-breaking gas prices, which are hitting hard families and businesses in Alaska and all across the United States, and called for a course correction from the administration: instead of looking to foreign nations to increase our energy supply and reduce prices, we should instead focus on increased domestic energy product… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Reforms to the Electoral Count Act of 1887

Today, after months of bipartisan negotiations-led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) -U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and colleagues introduced two proposals which include legislation to reform and modernize the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 to ensure that the electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state's vote for President. In addition to Senators Collins, Manchin, and Murkowski, the senators involved in the bipartisan negotiations include: … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Restoration of Alaska Cruise Ships

Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week it would revoke the COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships. This decision was made after the cruise industry consistently demonstrated being able to go above and beyond when ensuring safe cruises for passengers, crews, and the communities where they disembark. "This is an overdue announcement, but one that I welcomed when I heard from Director Walensky at th… Continue Reading


Alaska Senators Urge DOI to Recognize Immense Benefits, Promptly Approve the Willow Project

Following the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) recent publication of a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for ConocoPhillips' Willow project, located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, wrote to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to reiterate their strong support of the project and to urge the Department to promptly approve it-with no extension of the current, 45-day public comment period. In t… Continue Reading


Murkowski: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is Activated in Alaska

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline will go live in Alaska today, July 16, 2022. As a champion in Congress for mental and behavioral health resources, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement of support: "Unfortunately, the number of suicides in Alaska continues to rise, particularly among military members, veterans, and now young people. We must do all we can to ensure that mental health resources are more readily and easily available to those in need. As I continue m… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes Against ATF Nominee Confirmation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting against the nomination of Steve Dettelbach to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Although we need strong and objective leaders at ATF to implement the common-sense reforms we included in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, I ultimately decided that Mr. Dettelbach was not the right person to lead this agency. He has a history of not fully articulating his understanding of gun ri… Continue Reading


Murkowski Participates in Hearing on Reproductive Rights

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week took part in a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to examine access to reproductive care following a June 24 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe V. Wade. The hearing gave an opportunity to address questions surrounding what can be done to improve access now, patient confusion, and downstream impacts on access to health care. "I have heard many stories from Alaskans, most notably in these past … Continue Reading


Murkowski Takes Interior to Task Over Project Delays in Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ranking Member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, this week raised a range of her criticisms and concerns over the Department of the Interior's (DOE) decisions (or lack thereof) on Alaska-related resource matters, including the need for the agency to properly respond to wildfires threats. The Senator's comments and questions came during an oversight hearing to examine the President's Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget request for DOI. In one piece of po… Continue Reading


Alaskans Voice Strong Support for Willow Project

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement in strong support of ConocoPhillips' Willow project, located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), after the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for it late last week. "From day one, I've elevated the Willow project to the Administration as my top priority, and I will continue to hold them accountable to their commitment to see t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Major Announcement on Alaska’s Willow Project

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for ConocoPhillips' Willow project within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "From day one, I've elevated the Willow project to the Administration as my top priority, and I will continue to hold them accountable to their commitment to see this additional environmental review through so that constructio… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Historic Infrastructure Funding Now Available for Ferries

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced the Federal Transit Administration is making $300 million available for ferries. This landmark funding, which will support ferry service and fast-track electrified ferry transportation, was made possible by H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Murkowski played a lead role in writing and negotiating. Today's announcement features funding availabilities for three grant programs, including the Ferry Service for Rur… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Announce Infrastructure Grant for Ted Stevens International Airport

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today announced over $2.4 million in grant funding for the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. This grant was made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's (IIJA) Airport Terminals Program. "The Ted Stevens International Airport has facilitated our ability to fly across Alaska for decades - moving goods and services, connecting friends and family, supporting tourism, and serving as a hub for glo… Continue Reading


Diane Kaplan Nominated to Serve on CPB Board

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, released the following statement after the Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, was nominated to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. "Diane Kaplan's work in Alaska has touched all sectors - business, government, nonprofit, philanthropy and so much more. Diane has been a particularly strong advocate and leader in the world of radio, having previously served as … Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Message in Honor of Independence Day

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today shared the following Fourth of July message with Alaskans: For video of Senator Murkowski, click here. "As we celebrate Independence Day-whether that's cheering on the Mount Marathon runners, watching one of Alaska's many Fourth of July parades, or simply getting together with family and friends for a BBQ - let us remember the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans are not free. "We must not forget that America is exceptional, and that living h… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Resolution to Rebuild Ukraine

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the United States' commitment to rebuilding Ukraine after the impacts of Putin's war. "It is our responsibility as a world power and democratic leader to support our allies in times of need," said Senator Manchin. "Putin's war on Ukraine continues to impact Ukrainians, Americans and our allies, and … Continue Reading

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