Press Releases

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05.31.22

King, Murkowski Join to Introduce Bipartisan Bill Supporting Children’s Mental Health

As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today announced that they have introduced legislation to address the impact of childhood trauma on long-term health. The Improving Data Collection for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Act would authorize $7 million annually over five years to support Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research and data collection efforts to study the potential ties between childho… Continue Reading


05.30.22

Murkowski Honors Fallen Soldiers with Memorial Day Message

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following message in observance of Memorial Day: "On Memorial Day, I join with Alaskans as we reflect with somber hearts on the American servicemembers who have given their lives to protect the country we love and the freedoms we cherish. "It was General George Patton who stated that 'It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.' Those words are as true today as ever, as war and tyranny across the … Continue Reading


05.27.22

Arctic Caucus Co-Chairs Murkowski, King Join Congressional Resolution Supporting Finland’s and Sweden’s Accession in NATO

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chairs of the Senate Arctic Caucus, issued the following statement after co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 646 (S.Res.646) expressing support for Finland's and Sweden's accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and expediting the ratification of accession protocols. "As the world rallies behind Ukraine's efforts to defend democracy and against Russia's unprovoked and barbaric invasion, I'm proud to put my supp… Continue Reading


05.27.22

Murkowski Announces over $6.2 Million in Army Corp Funding for Alaska Projects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski R-AK commends the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on their recently released work plan for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) which allocates over $6.2 million for projects in Alaska. Total FY22 allocations in Alaska include: ATKA NAVIGATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS - $507,000 AKUTAN HARBOR NAVIGATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS - $350,000 CRAIG HARBOR - $406,000 ELIM SUBSISTENCE HARBOR - $2,000,000 LOWELL CREEK (TUNNEL) FLOOD DIVERSION - $3,000,000 "The Army Corps of Engineers has provided pi… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Murkowski, Sullivan: Pebble is the Wrong Mine in the Wrong Place

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a revised "Proposed Determination" to prohibit and restrict the use of certain waters and watersheds for the discharge of dredged and fill material from the Pebble Deposit area near Bristol Bay, Alaska. The Proposed Determination, if finalized, would effectively halt the Pebble project and other potential mining in the affected area. Senat… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Senator Murkowski Announces Upcoming “Mobile Office” Hours

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced upcoming mobile office locations across Alaska. Mobile office is a longstanding tradition of the office of Senator Murkowski, where staff members visit Alaskan communities and set up a mobile office, giving constituents an opportunity to meet with staff of Senator Murkowski, learn more about the services provided by the U.S. Senate office such as help with federal agencies, and ask questions. Mobile Office Locations, Dates and Hours *All location… Continue Reading


05.24.22

Murkowski Joins Bipartisan Letter with 82 Senators Requesting Biden Admin to Swiftly Advance NATO Applications for Sweden & Finland

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and a bipartisan group of 79 Senators in a letter to President Biden urging him to expedite the Executive Branch's process to advance Sweden and Finland's applications for NATO membership and pledging to work with the Administration to ensure swift ratification of the Washington Treaty. In the letter, the Senators noted that NATO's expansion will send a clear message to Putin and authoritarian lead… Continue Reading


05.20.22

ICMYI: Murkowski Leads GOP Colleagues in Calling Out Biden Administration for Failed Energy Policies, High Gas Prices

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led a group of her Senate Republican colleagues in a press conference this week to discuss the recent record-high gas prices across the country and call out the Biden administration for their failed energy policies. "I come from a state where we are an energy producer. But we pay some of the highest energy costs in the country, and right now our gas prices are the sixth highest in the country. Statewide, regular gas has increased by more than 52 percent over l… Continue Reading


05.20.22

Murkowski Continues Push to Address Infant Formula Shortage

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week continued her efforts to mitigate the dangerous shortage of infant formula in the United States. First, Murkowski joined her colleagues in sponsoring the bipartisan Access to Baby Formula Act (S. 4257), and helped ensure the House companion (H.R. 7791) passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with statutory authority to give states, grocery stores, and mothers the tools they need under the Sp… Continue Reading


05.20.22

Senate Commemorates National Police Week

The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution marking National Police Week and reiterating support for the men and women in law enforcement. Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined the bipartisan resolution led by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). It was also cosponsored by 83 of their senate colleagues. The resolution honors the 576 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2021, including nearly 400 who died from CO… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Murkowski Supports Ukraine’s Fight to Defend Democracy

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the Ukraine supplemental aid package, totaling $40.1 billion, which passed the Senate in an 86-11 vote. The package includes support for direct military assistance and humanitarian aid. It also provides funding to replenish the U.S. supplies of military weapons and equipment that were sent to Ukraine to assist in Russia's unprovoked war. "The United States must not sit back as Russia continues its campaign against Ukraine's sovereign… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Sens. Murkowski, Marshall, Capito Demand FDA Explanation on Failures that Caused Baby Formula Shortages

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are demanding answers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its inadequate investigation into Abbott Nutrition's Michigan manufacturing facility and failure to mitigate the nationwide baby formula shortage. The senators are also seeking answers regarding when the White House was made aware of the dire situation and the steps available to limit the harmful impact on families and … Continue Reading


05.16.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Welcome Signing of American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act

President Joe Biden this week signed the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act into law, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and cosponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that will create an industry-led committee to assist in the administration of federal fisheries marketing, research, and development grants. "Supporting Alaska's fisheries continues to be one of my top priorities. I'm excited that this bipartisan legislation, which will uplift ou… Continue Reading


05.16.22

Manchin, Murkowski Press Administration On Failure To Implement Critical Mineral Mandates

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the committee, expressed their concerns regarding the Biden Administration's delayed implementation of the critical mineral provisions contained in the Energy Act of 2020 and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In letters to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haala… Continue Reading


05.13.22

Murkowski Statement on Key Arctic Developments

Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement following Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin's announcement supporting Finland's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). "Yesterday, Finland's President and Prime Minister announced their support for joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I respect Finland's right to choose its alliances and fully support its decision to pursue NATO membership. Just as Arctic nations ra… Continue Reading


05.12.22

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


05.11.22

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


05.11.22

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


05.06.22

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


05.06.22

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

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