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Murkowski, Sullivan Slam Interior for Cancelling Cook Inlet Lease Sale

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced it will "not move forward" with a planned oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, Alaska. The Biden administration claimed - falsely - that industry had no interest in leasing in the basin. At a time when Alaskans - and every other American - are facing historic inflation and skyrocketing energy costs, the Biden administration has once again put m… Continue Reading


Schatz, Murkowski Statements on First Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Report

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on the Department of the Interior's release of its initial investigative report initiated by its Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, which called for a comprehensive review of the legacy of federal boarding school policies. "As Native communities across the country have long known, U.S. pol… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reiterates Strong Support for Codification of Roe v. Wade

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reiterated her strong support for the codification of abortion rights as established by Roe v. Wade (1973) and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). While urging the preservation of those important rights for women, Murkowski will vote against S. 4132, the Women's Health Protection Act, which has been described as codifying Roe v. Wade, but in reality goes much further-nullifying state and religious freedom laws across the country in the process… Continue Reading


Murkowski Directs China Package Conferees to Support Fisheries, Invest in Blue Economy

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, released the following statements after their legislation, the Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act, or the BLUE GLOBE Act, advanced one step closer to becoming law. This week the Senate passed by voice vote Senators Murkowski and Whitehouse's motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4521, the United States Innovation a… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Announce Fisheries Disaster Funding for Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct nearly $132 million to Alaska for fishery disasters. The funds, which were appropriated by Congress, are part of a total of $144 million that will be disbursed nationwide for this purpose. "I'm pleased to announce this crucial funding is finally on the way for Alaska's seafood industry. After facing both serious fishery disasters and the pandemic, there are owners, employees… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces General Mattis to Deliver Keynote at Military Appreciation Event in Fairbanks

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced retired Marine Corps four-star General and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as her guest of honor to deliver the keynote address at the 2022 Military Appreciation Banquet being hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, June 11. "I'm very pleased to announce that General Jim Mattis will be my guest of honor at this year's Military Appreciation Banquet in Fairbanks," Senator Murkowski said. "General Mattis is a livin… Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski, Cortez Masto, and Tester Push Administration to Implement Bipartisan Laws to Protect Native Women

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in pushing the administration to implement the bipartisan Not Invisible Act and Savanna's Act-which were both signed into law in October 2020-to curb the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). The administration has missed several key implementation deadlines, and the senators are specifically demanding that the administration share weekly updates with Congres… Continue Reading


Tribal Broadband Funding Secured by Murkowski Heading to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announcement of broadband grants, including four grants totaling $41.5 million heading to Alaska. The grants are provided through NTIA's Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program was created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which made $980 million … Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Leaked Draft of Supreme Court Opinion

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement in response to reports of a leaked deliberative Supreme Court draft decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "The leak of an internal and deliberative document from the nation's highest court is absolutely reprehensible and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It politicizes the court and erodes the public's trust in what is supposed to be an independent judiciary, at a time when we desperately … Continue Reading


Committee Holds Briefing on ANCSA in Practice--How ANCSA Works in the North Slope Region of Alaska

Recently, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Office of Vice Chairman Lisa Murkowski held a briefing for Congressional staff to highlight how Alaska Native organizations work together in the North Slope, given the unique approach to federal Indian law, which includes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Representatives from the region shared how multiple layers of representation and service delivery systems provide for and enhance the lives of the Iñupiat. The briefi… Continue Reading


Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the senior Senator for Alaska and member of the Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska-Statewide: $57.1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for key drinking water projects in Alaska. Some of the projects include: Homer: $509,167 to the city of Homer to extend the water distribution system to provide piped public water to 27 central business distri… Continue Reading


Senators Seek to Reauthorize Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2022 (S.4120). This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever passed by Congress, which approved the measure unanimously in 2018. Th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds New $14.9 Million FCC Commitment in Emergency Connectivity Funding to Lower Yukon School District

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement of its 13th wave of Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program support, which includes $14,947,328 available for the Lower Yukon School District (LYSD) for the upcoming school year. The funding for equipment and services aims to close the homework gap by supporting affordable broadband and connectivity efforts in the school district. "I am thrilled for the kids of the Lower Yuko… Continue Reading


BLM’s NPR-A Plan Harms American Energy Security, Ignores Alaskan Voices

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for reverting the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) to the 2013 version of its Integrated Activity Plan (IAP). This shortsighted decision closes millions of acres to responsible energy development, deliberately upending a careful balance in the management of the reserve and more broadly across Alaska lands. The Biden administration's move abandons the 2020 version of the IAP, … Continue Reading


Murkowski: BLM Expands Lands Available for Native Veterans Allotments

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decision to open 27 million acres of land for Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans to select their birthright allotments-which could have been the case from day one of the Biden administration onward. BLM's decision is based on an environmental assessment that found there would be no significant impact from lifting outdated Public Land Orders (PLOs) for this purpose. "While this decision … Continue Reading


Murkowski, King Cove Continue Fight for Life-Saving Road

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) visited King Cove, Alaska with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK), and Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Anne Zink, to push for continued federal support and the urgent approval of a short, gravel, one-lane, life-saving road needed to connect the predominantly Aleut community to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay. "We recently heard from the people of King Cove, who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial. Long … Continue Reading


Sullivan & Murkowski Ask Secretary Haaland to Correct Injustice, Approve Land Orders Needed for Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans to Select Promised Allotments

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, in advance of her first visit to Alaska this week, asking the secretary to expeditiously allow the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program to proceed. Specifically, the senators are requesting the secretary lift the Public Land Orders (PLOs) that would make over 28-million acres of federal land available for selection by eligible veterans or their heirs. The sena… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Highest Inflation in Four Decades

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing inflation reached 8.5 percent over the past year, the largest year-over-year increase since 1981. "The numbers in this report serve to underscore the painful reality that Alaskans are facing every time they go to a grocery store or a gas station. Just about everything is being impacted by rising inflation as we see the cost of transportation and the overall co… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan, Speier Call on Army Secretary to Address High Alaska Servicemember Suicide Rate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel have sent a letter to Army Secretary Christine Wormuth calling on the Army to do more to address the high incidence of service member deaths by suicide in Alaska and to take comprehensive actions to change the current traject… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Additional Penalties for Russia

The Senate today passed two measures to impose additional penalties on Russia over its bloody, unprovoked war on Ukraine. The first measure, H.R. 6968, imposes a legislative ban on Russian energy imports and contains language crafted in part by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to expedite its implementation. The second measure, H.R. 7108, would suspend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR), a key benefit of World Trade Organization membership, for Russia and Belarus. "Congress remains united in … Continue Reading

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