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Diane Kaplan Nominated to Serve on CPB Board

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, released the following statement after the Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, was nominated to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. "Diane Kaplan's work in Alaska has touched all sectors - business, government, nonprofit, philanthropy and so much more. Diane has been a particularly strong advocate and leader in the world of radio, having previously served as … Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Message in Honor of Independence Day

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today shared the following Fourth of July message with Alaskans: For video of Senator Murkowski, click here. "As we celebrate Independence Day-whether that's cheering on the Mount Marathon runners, watching one of Alaska's many Fourth of July parades, or simply getting together with family and friends for a BBQ - let us remember the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans are not free. "We must not forget that America is exceptional, and that living h… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Resolution to Rebuild Ukraine

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the United States' commitment to rebuilding Ukraine after the impacts of Putin's war. "It is our responsibility as a world power and democratic leader to support our allies in times of need," said Senator Manchin. "Putin's war on Ukraine continues to impact Ukrainians, Americans and our allies, and … Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Resolution to Rebuild Ukraine

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the United States' commitment to rebuilding Ukraine after the impacts of Putin's war. "It is our responsibility as a world power and democratic leader to support our allies in times of need," said Senator Manchin. "Putin's war on Ukraine continues to impact Ukrainians, Americans and our allies, and … 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 Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska-Statewide: $115.4 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing and community development activities ranging from affordable housing development to public housing modernization to economic opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes. Alaska-… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on West Virginia v. EPA

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act in issuing the Clean Power Plan. "This decision returns authority over energy and climate policy to Congress, where it belongs. The court majority has it right in finding that EPA was seeking 'unprecedented power over American industry' and needs to be reined in. Climate change … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes PILT Payments, $33 Million, to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that the Department of the Interior is distributing $33,486,098 to eligible local governments across Alaska through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. To help offset the cost of maintaining a variety of community services, the PILT program provides annual payments to local governments in the state that contain federal lands that are not subject to state or local taxation. This revenue supports local governments by providing essential ser… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reacts to Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court released its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, to overturn Roe v. Wade, placing the responsibility on states to set their own abortion laws: "Today the Supreme Court went against 50 years of precedent in choosing to overturn Roe v. Wade. The rights under Roe that many women have relied on for decades-most notably a woman's right to choose-are now gone or threatened in many states. … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gun Safety, Mental Health Measure

Last night, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, targeted legislation to address gaps in the law that have enabled mass shootings, including the need for additional mental health and school safety resources. The bill provides historic investments in our mental health care system, including in rural areas, more resources for school safety, and helps keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are disqualified to possess them. The bil… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Investment in Critical Minerals Mapping from Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that the Department of the Interior will direct $74 million into mapping areas with potential for critical mineral production under the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI). The majority of this funding - $64 million - is made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which Senator Murkowski helped write, negotiate, and shepherd into law. This investment will be distributed among … Continue Reading


Myth vs Fact: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

MYTH: This measure creates a national, federal red flag law, and forces states who don't have red or yellow flag laws to adopt them. THE FACTS This does not create a national, federal red flag law. This legislation does not require or incentivize states to adopt red or yellow flag laws. States without red flag laws, such as Alaska, will receive funding and can use it to implement other programs like Veterans' Courts, Drug and DUI Courts, and Mental Health Courts. This measure forces state… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud USDA Purchase of Seafood for Food Assistance Programs

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approval of a Section 32 purchase of up to $52 million in Pacific and Alaskan Groundfish, such as cod, haddock, pollock, and flounder, for distribution to food assistance programs in Alaska and across the country. "The COVID-19 pandemic has only further highlighted the longstanding disparities in food insecurity, reminding us that millions of Americans, including… Continue Reading


HELP Committee Considers Bipartisan Health and Retirement Bills

This week Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, of which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is a senior member, considered and advanced five bipartisan health and retirement bills. This includes S. 4348, Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act, a bill to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) prescription drug, generic drug, biosimilar, and medical device user fee programs, which fund these critical FDA activities. Anothe… Continue Reading


Senators Hassan, Murkowski, Luján Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Investments in Substance Misuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase investments in substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. The Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Act reauthorizes and strengthens the Substance Abuse Block Grant program, including by requiring that funding goes to evidence-based services, including medication-assisted treatment. "As Granite Staters of all ages continue to st… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Toxic Exposure Package, Honors Promise to Veterans

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, which passed the Senate in an 84-14 vote. This comprehensive and bipartisan legislation ensures that all military personnel who were exposed to toxic hazards, such as from toxins produced by burn pits to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange, and are now suffering from chronic health issues as a result, can access the… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski Hosts Secretary Jim Mattis at Fairbanks Military Appreciation Banquet

This past weekend, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) hosted retired Marine Corps four-star General and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as her guest of honor at the Fairbanks Military Appreciation Banquet. Organized by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by a number of outstanding Alaska businesses, this annual event honors military members and their families across Interior Alaska. "It was a true privilege to have Secretary Mattis join us and speak directl… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Alaskan Communities Selected for DOE Partnership to Transform Energy Systems & Increase Resilience

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that four Alaskan communities were selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help address high energy costs and vulnerable energy infrastructure. The Alaskan towns of Igiugig, McGrath, Nikolski, and St. George were among 12 communities nationwide selected by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) to meet resilient energy goals. DOE selected c… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces First Round of Funding from the Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration opened the application process for the competitive Bridge Investment Program (BIP) established through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which she helped write, negotiate, and shepherd into law. A total of $2.36 billion in BIP 2022 funds are available to help plan, replace, and improve small and large bridges. "As Alaskans and our visitors tr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces 2022 Summer Interns

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of eleven interns and two intern coordinators who will work in her Washington, DC office this summer. These young Alaskans will get an up-close view of the federal legislative process while assisting Senator Murkowski and her team with Alaska-focused work. "Interns bring a renewed energy to my office, and I'm always so excited to host them. I enjoy getting to spend time with young Alaskans, and my team and I always appreciate their hard work… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce the Arctic Warrior Act

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today introduced the Don Young Arctic Warrior Act, legislation to alleviate some of the hardships faced by service members in Alaska. Sullivan also today offered the legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2023, which will be considered next week in the Senate Armed Services Committee. In addition to proficiency pay and allowances for basic necessities, the bill increases the Department o… Continue Reading

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