Press Releases

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01.29.21

Murkowski Questions DOE Secretary Nominee on Arctic Energy, Resource Jobs, Cybersecurity, Critical Minerals

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, took part in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Jennifer M. Granholm, the former Governor of Michigan, to be the Secretary of Energy. Murkowski opened the hearing by asking Governor Granholm for a commitment to advance energy security in the Arctic. Last year, Senator Murkowski secured funding to revive the Arctic Energy Office, which plays an essential role in supporting research and development for mic… Continue Reading


01.29.21

26 Senators Request Meeting with President Biden Following Actions Targeting Energy Workers

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) led a letter with 25 of his Senate colleagues to President Joe Biden voicing their concerns about the new administration's recent executive orders and regulatory actions targeting the domestic energy sector and the thousands of good-paying American jobs it supports, and requesting a meeting with the president. The letter is also signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Co… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Delegation Denounces Executive Order to Stop Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of the Interior to not issue any new oil or natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters, as well as requiring the Department to evaluate all existing leasing and permitting practices. In Fiscal Year 2019, the oil and gas industry supported $3.1 billion in state and local revenue, 77,600 di… Continue Reading


01.26.21

Murkowski Statement on Constitutional Point of Order

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting in favor of a motion to table a constitutional point of order raised by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). The motion to table was sustained in a 55-45 vote. "The question as to whether or not a president may be tried and convicted by the Senate after he has left office is of significant institutional matter-one that has been debated by constitutional law scholars throughout our history, and continues to be debated tod… Continue Reading


01.22.21

Alaska Delegation Welcomes $40 Million DOT Grant to the Native Village of Eyak for the Construction of an Oil Spill Response Facility

Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) welcomed a $40,199,275 grant awarded to the Native Village of Eyak from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding, made available under the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program, will be used for the construction of a dock and small port that will serve as the proposed Shepard Point Marine Tribal Transportation (MTT) & Oil Spill Response (OSR) Facility. This … Continue Reading


01.22.21

Cardin, Murkowski, Speier, Reed Announce Bipartisan Resolution to Affirm Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that the first bipartisan legislation they will introduce for the 117th Congress is their joint resolution to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Ratification of the ERA would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in the U.S. Constitution. In the House of Representatives, the resolution is being introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY). Almost exactly… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Delegation Rebukes Biden Administration Effort to Block Development in ANWR

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "Today, President Biden announced that he will pick up where the Obama administration left off by conducting a review of multiple rulemakings that are critical to Alaska and by placing a temporary mora… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Murkowski Congratulates President Biden, VP Harris

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today issued the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office: "Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office. President Biden's message to the country was filled with hope for a more unified nation and a commitment to work for all Americans. Vice President Harris being sworn in as the first female to hold the nation's second-highest office is an inspiration to women around the … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Delegation Applauds Issuance of Leases for Coastal Plain Oil & Gas Program

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the signing and issuing of leases on nine of the tracts that received qualifying bids from the first lease sale for lands in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Results of the January 6 lease sale are available on BLM's website. "The Alaska Delegation has been fighting… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Murkowski Applauds Alaskan Appointed to FAA's Drone Advisory Committee

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) named Catherine Cahill, Director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as one of 12 new members of its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). As an expert in chemistry and ACUASI Director, Cahill leads on world class research to help allow for expanded unmanned aircraft system operations and improve the implementatio… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Murkowski Statement on House Passing an Article of Impeachment Against President Trump

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald J. Trump: "The House of Representatives has impeached President Trump for an unprecedented second time, under a charge of "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of the unlawful and violent siege of the Capitol on January 6. This second impeachment stands in stark contrast to what we faced last January-an impeachment … Continue Reading


01.12.21

ICYMI: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Alaska Native Corporations CARES Act Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to petitions from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and several Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) challenging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that determined ANCs are not eligible for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) tribal set-aside within Title V of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The motion from the Alaska Delegation to participate was also granted. In November, 2019, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Da… Continue Reading


01.11.21

Alaska Delegation Commends U.S. Navy for New Arctic Strategy

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) commended the U.S. Navy for releasing "A Blue Arctic" last week, the service's strategy document for the Arctic region. The Department of the Navy's document builds upon the Department of Defense's (DOD) Arctic strategy, released in June of 2019, and compliments the Air Force's Arctic strategy, released in July of 2020. "We live in an era of renewed great power competition, when a growing number of countri… Continue Reading


01.08.21

Delegation: This Is A Historic Moment For Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held the first lease sale for lands in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "The first lease sale in the 1002 Area was the result of many Alaskans' tireless efforts over the course of decades. While it did not occur under ideal conditions, it will benefit Alaskans both in the sho… Continue Reading


01.07.21

Murkowski Speaks About Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Yesterday, hundreds of protesters launched a violent and unlawful attack on the United States Capitol. Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke from the steps of the Capitol about the events that took place. "As a nation, every four years we figure out a way through our election process- through this great democracy we have. We figure out how we peacefully transfer power from one administration to the next. Even when it is to an individual you did not support, that you would prefer not … Continue Reading


01.06.21

BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL GROUP ISSUES STATEMENT ON CAPITOL INSURGENCE

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Angus King (I-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23) released the following statement on the United States Capitol insurgence today. "The behavior we witnessed in the U.S. Capitol is entirely un-American. This was not a peac… Continue Reading


01.05.21

Sullivan, Markey, Murkowski Welcome Signing of Young Fishermen’s Development Act

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today welcomed the signing of the Young Fishermen's Development Act, legislation to mitigate the challenges facing the next generation of entrants into the fishing industry by supporting regional training opportunities and apprenticeship programs. Congressmen Don Young (R-Alaska) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) were the lead sponsors of the legislation in the House. "Just like the proud men and women of … Continue Reading


01.04.21

Delegation Welcomes New NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the release of an updated Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "This is more good news for Alaskans as we chart a path to economic recovery and long-term prosperity for our state. This robust plan recognizes the purposes of the NPR-A and will restore reasonable access to one of … Continue Reading


01.03.21

Bipartisan Group of Senators: Voters Have Spoken, Congress Must Fulfill Responsibility

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement on the upcoming Congressional certification of the 2020 Presidential election results. "The 2020 election is over. All challenges through recounts and appeals have been exhausted. At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legiti… Continue Reading


01.03.21

Chairman Murkowski Leads ENR to Another Productive Congress

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reflected on the work and accomplishments of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) over the past two years. The committee's accomplishments in the 116th Congress (2019-2020) include a sweeping public lands and natural resources package, the first major energy legislation to be enacted in 13 years, the confirmation of every considered nominee, and the passage of many individual measures by unanimous consent and as part of broader measure… Continue Reading

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