Press Releases

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12.23.22

Murkowski: Year-End Omnibus Packed with Good News for Alaska

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, helped write major parts of the bill and secured significant funding and assistance for Alaska throughout it. She championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, accelerate workforce development, and support military… Continue Reading


12.23.22

Schatz, Murkowski: Bills Supporting Native Language Revitalization, Tribal Water Access, Economic Development, MMIP Resources Set To Become Law

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, released the following statements on eight bills set to become law - S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2021; S. 1402, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021; S. 3168, a bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to modify the en… Continue Reading


12.22.22

Merkley-Murkowski Bill Expanding Breastfeeding Protections for Workers Poised to Become Law

Washington D.C. - Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that their bipartisan Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support as an amendment to Congress's fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by President Biden this week. "Breastfeeding is great for the baby and great for moms," said Senator … Continue Reading


12.21.22

U.S. Senate Reauthorizes Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, support the pediatric cancer community, and find new cures and effective treatments, the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2022 (S. 4120). Introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) with strong bipartisan support from cosponsors Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), this bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading


12.21.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Secure New White House Commitments on Willow

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today released the following joint statement after a meeting at the White House about the Willow Project on Alaska's North Slope. "We met today with senior officials from the White House, Department of the Interior, and Department of Labor regarding Alaska's Willow Project, our second meeting in the past ten days. The Administration committed to having a final Supplement… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Electoral Count Reform Act Included in Year-End Omnibus

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) welcomed the inclusion of bipartisan legislation to reform and modernize the Electoral Count Act of 1887 within the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is scheduled to be voted on this week. The legislation, known as the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, is led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and cosponsored by Senator Murkowski, along with 36 of their Senate collea… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Cornyn, Padilla, Tester, and Murkowski Bill to Allow Unspent COVID Relief Dollars for Infrastructure, Disaster Relief Passes Senate

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statements after the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, which would make changes to several categories of infrastructure investments and disaster relief eligible for unspent COVID-19 relief dollars, passed the Senate unanimously: "Texas leaders from across the state have been left with more pandemic re… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Murkowski Leads Senate Passage Of Land Transfer Legislation To Improve Alaska Native Health Care Access

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved H.R.441, the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act of 2022. The bill contains three separate Senate land conveyance bills sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that were merged into one bill, H.R.441, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to the President's Desk. "I thank my Senate colleagues for approving the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act. I have worked for several… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Schatz, Murkowski: Tribal Land Transfer Bills Set To Become Law

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, released the following statements on Senate passage of - H.R. 441, the Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act of 2022; H.R. 478, the Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act; H.R. 4881, the Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act; S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2021… Continue Reading


12.19.22

Murkowski-Led Efforts to Protect Alaska’s Oceans and Environment Pass in Annual NDAA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, applauded the recent passage of H.R. 7776, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), which included several Murkowski-led provisions aimed at supporting the blue economy and protecting Alaska's oceans and environment, such as the bipartisan BLUE GLOBE Act she championed with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The bill also invests in port and harbor in… Continue Reading


12.16.22

Murkowski Supports Bipartisan Permitting Reform

Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement after voting for the Building American Energy Security Act, a measure to reform the dysfunctional federal permitting process for energy and natural resource projects. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, offered it as an amendment to H.R. 7776, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, after negotiations with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and a small group of bipart… Continue Reading


12.16.22

Senate Passes Sullivan-Murkowski Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate this week voted unanimously to pass the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act, legislation introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) that would form a panel of Alaska's salmon stakeholders and research experts to study Pacific salmon trends and create a coordinated research strategy for Pacific salmon in Alaska to support robust salmon runs. The Research Task Force would be directed to conduct a comprehensive review of Pacific salmon scienc… Continue Reading


12.16.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Announce Disaster Declarations for Alaska Fisheries

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska) welcomed determinations from the U.S. Department of Commerce that fishery disasters have occurred in numerous Alaska fisheries, allowing Alaska fishermen to receive critical relief funding. The funding can be distributed to fishermen and their crews, seafood processors, and research initiatives in the impacted regions. "Our fisheries have faced incredible challenges-from the fall r… Continue Reading


12.15.22

Murkowski Helps Send NDAA Bill to President’s Desk

Click here to watch Senator Murkowski's statement. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of H.R. 7776, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, which authorizes $857 billion for national defense priorities. The bill strengthens America's national security, supports military members and their families through provisions to improve quality of life, ensures those who serve have needed equipment and resources, and invests in everything from air… Continue Reading


12.13.22

Bill Recognizing Congressman Don Young’s Legacy Passes Senate

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) applauded Senate passage of their legislation, the Don Young Recognition Act. The bill honors the legacy of the late Don Young, Congressman for All Alaska and Dean of the House, who passed away in March 2022 after serving Alaska in the House of Representatives for 49 years. The legislation recognizes Congressman Young's lifelong contributions to Alaska by designating one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, currently know… Continue Reading


12.12.22

Murkowski Effort to Recognize Female Veterans, Honor Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded Senate passage of her bill, the Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System Act of 2022. Murkowski introduced the bill in October 2022 with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) as a cosponsor. The bill, which has garnered widespread support from Alaska's veteran organizations, designates the name change from the "Alaska VA Clinic" to "Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System," after the late… Continue Reading


12.09.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Statewide Alaska-Statewide: $1.4 million to the Alaska Conservation Foundation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to identify coastal resilience challenges in remote communities and identify nature-based solutions through regi… Continue Reading


12.09.22

Cantwell, Murkowski Bill Would Spur Hydropower Upgrades, Restore Free Flowing Rivers

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), introduced legislation that will help ensure that existing hydroelectric facilities are able to continue to provide emissions-free, affordable electricity to millions of Pacific Northwest ratepayers. The Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity and River Restoration Act of 2022 creates new a federal tax incentive to encourage safety, security, fish migratio… Continue Reading


12.02.22

Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants Heading to Alaska

Over $24 million in federal funds to benefit and strengthen Alaska's communities and economy Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Statewide Alaska - Statewide: $8.7 million to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for … Continue Reading


12.02.22

Murkowski Applauds Senate Passage Of The Stop Act

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, the Senate unanimously approved H.R.2930, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2021 (STOP Act). The STOP Act now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have led the Senate companion bill since 2016. "Safeguarding and repatriating tribal items of cultural and sacred heritage remains at the forefront of protecting Native customs and history. I have worked for several Congresses t… Continue Reading

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