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Murkowski Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Federal Support for Local Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), co-chair of the U.S. Senate Fire Caucus, today announced that bipartisan legislation, of which she was an original co-sponsor, passed the U.S. Senate by a 95-2 vote. The legislation, the Fire Grants and Safety Act, would reauthorize the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which ha… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reintroduces Bruce’s Law in Effort to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

Washington, DC-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today reintroduced Bruce's Law to bolster federal prevention and education efforts surrounding fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid that is increasingly being incorporated into illicit street drugs. The measure is named after an Alaskan, Robert "Bruce" Snodgrass, who tragically passed away in 2021 at the age of 22 from fentanyl poisoning. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) ar… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Murkowski, and Colleagues Introduce FISH Act to Combat Illegal Foreign Seafood Harvest

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today introduced S.1227, the Fighting Foreign Illegal Seafood Harvest (FISH) Act, legislation to combat foreign illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by blacklisting offending vessels from U.S. ports and waters, bolstering the U.S. Coast Guard's enforcement capabilities, and advancing international and bilateral negotiations to… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcomes Ruling to Deny Injunction Against Willow Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and U.S. Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today welcomed a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision to deny an injunction requested by environmental groups against Alaska's Willow Project in the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A). "Alaska is unique when it comes to most things, including the construction and development of a project like Willow. We aren't only up against Lower 48… Continue Reading


Murkowski Presents VFW Flag to “BLAMbulance” Volunteers; Honors Alaskan-Ukrainian Solidarity

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was joined by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) on a Congressional Delegation to Ukraine. After the Senators met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Murkowski headed to St. Michael's Square in Kyiv, where she met with Ukrainian volunteer Aleksandr "Sasha" Moskalenko to present a VFW flag to Moskalenko in his role as leader of the international "BLAMbulance" team. The BLAMbulance is a converted Mercedes ambulance brought across the borde… Continue Reading


Murkowski Joins Manchin, Kelly on Bipartisan Senate Delegation to Ukraine and Poland

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) released the following statements after visiting Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Congressional Delegation met with Ukrainian leaders on a variety of topics including: military readiness, energy security, accountability of foreign assistance, and the rebuild of Ukraine. They were also joined by UNITED24 Ambassador, West Virginia native and country music artist, Brad Paisle… Continue Reading


Tester, Murkowski, Pingree Lead Bipartisan Push to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are teaming up to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve military sexual trauma (MST) survivors' access to care and benefits, as well as bolster MST claims processing. The Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2023 would expand the evidentiary standard for survivors applying… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Casey Introduce Legislation to Improve Senior Economic Security and End Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, in introducing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), legislation to support senior economic security across the Nation, including protections from workplace age discrimination. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) would level the playing field for older workers and restore safeguards against age-based… Continue Reading


Senators Hassan, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Parental Leave Eligibility for Reserve and National Guard Members

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Reserve Component Parental Leave Parity Act, a bipartisan bill that would expand parental leave eligibility for Reserve and National Guard members to cover all new parents. In a recent annual defense bill, Congress successfully expanded parental leave eligibility for service members serving on active duty orders, but not for drilling members of the Reserves and National Guard. Currently, for members of the… Continue Reading


Arctic Caucus Co-Chairs Murkowski and King Welcome Finland’s Accession into NATO

Anchorage, AK - Today, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME), co-chairs of the Arctic Caucus, celebrated Finland's accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In May 2022, the Senators supported a bipartisan resolution and expressed their support for both Finland's and Sweden's accession into NATO. "Finland's accession to NATO is welcome news for the U.S., our Arctic allies, and the global security landscape. I've been supportive of the people of Finland and the… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes Ruling Upholding Willow Record of Decision

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today welcomed a federal judge's decision denying a preliminary injunction requested by Lower 48 environmental groups against Alaska's Willow Project in the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A). The Willow Project was reapproved by the Biden administration on March 13 after years of litigation and environmental review, and following a united statewide push from Al… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Murkowski, Schatz Resolution Recognizing Contributions of Native Women

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution (S.Res. 148) led by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) respectively, honoring the achievements of Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women throughout the history of the United States. "National Women's History Month is about coming together to recognize the important contributions of women to the Uni… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Restoring Constitutional Power to Congress, Repealing Iraq War AUMFs

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting in favor today of S. 316 to repeal the 2002/1991 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), which passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 66-30. "When our Founding Fathers drafted the U.S. Constitution, they intentionally gave Congress the power to formally declare and end wars. For far too long Congress has abdicated that responsibility to the Executive. Today's vote returns the power to the elected represe… Continue Reading


Schatz, Murkowski Lead Oversight Hearing On Tribal Energy Development

WASHINGTON - 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, led an oversight hearing titled, "The Future of Tribal Energy Development: Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law." Principal Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for Infrastructure Kathleen Hogan from the Department of Energy and Assistant Secretary - Indian Af… Continue Reading


Van Hollen, Murkowski, Pascrell Introduce Bill to Fund Vital Firehouse Upgrades Across the Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help construct and upgrade fire stations across the country. The FIRE STATION Act will create a $750 million grant program within the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to modify, upgrade, and construct fire and EMS department facilities to support our first responders and their work to keep our communities… Continue Reading


Schatz, Murkowski Lead Roundtable On Native Communities’ Priorities For The 2023 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - 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, led a roundtable discussion, titled "Native Priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill Reauthorization," to hear directly from Native agricultural experts and leaders on their communities' priorities as Congress begins working on the sweeping agricultural and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill. "The Farm Bill has … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Medical Providers in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in introducing the bipartisan Rural America Health Corps Act. This legislation will incentivize more health professionals to serve and plant roots in rural communities. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) are sponsoring this legislation and Representative David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) has introduced companion legislation… Continue Reading


Kaine and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality, Address Racial Inequities in Maternal Health

Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Mothers and Newborns Success Act, bipartisan legislation to promote maternal health and reduce racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality by strengthening support for women during and after pregnancy, expanding maternal health research and data collection, and ensuring women are better matched with birthing facilities that meet t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Recognizes Alaska Education Board’s Selection of Tribes for Native Education Pilot Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today recognized the selection of five Alaska Tribes by the Alaska Board of Education and Early Development to begin negotiation on a demonstration State-Tribal Education Compact (STEC) in Alaska. The five Tribes selected are: Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope Ketchikan Indian Community King Island Native Community Knik Tribe Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes "The state-tribal education demonstration initiativ… Continue Reading


Schatz, Murkowski: More Than $3 Million In New Tourism Grants For Native Communities

WASHINGTON - 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, issued statements on the recent announcement of more than $3 million in Department of the Interior Tribal Tourism Grant Program funding to 30 Tribes and Tribal organizations, including four Alaska Tribes and Tribal Organizations. This funding, along with similar grants to Native Hawaiian organizations, is made possible… Continue Reading

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