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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Murkowski Announces General Mattis to Deliver Keynote at Military Appreciation Event in Fairbanks

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced retired Marine Corps four-star General and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as her guest of honor to deliver the keynote address at the 2022 Military Appreciation Banquet being hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, June 11. "I'm very pleased to announce that General Jim Mattis will be my guest of honor at this year's Military Appreciation Banquet in Fairbanks," Senator Murkowski said. "General Mattis is a livin… Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski, Cortez Masto, and Tester Push Administration to Implement Bipartisan Laws to Protect Native Women

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in pushing the administration to implement the bipartisan Not Invisible Act and Savanna's Act-which were both signed into law in October 2020-to curb the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). The administration has missed several key implementation deadlines, and the senators are specifically demanding that the administration share weekly updates with Congres… Continue Reading


Tribal Broadband Funding Secured by Murkowski Heading to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announcement of broadband grants, including four grants totaling $41.5 million heading to Alaska. The grants are provided through NTIA's Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program was created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which made $980 million … Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Leaked Draft of Supreme Court Opinion

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement in response to reports of a leaked deliberative Supreme Court draft decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "The leak of an internal and deliberative document from the nation's highest court is absolutely reprehensible and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It politicizes the court and erodes the public's trust in what is supposed to be an independent judiciary, at a time when we desperately … Continue Reading


Committee Holds Briefing on ANCSA in Practice--How ANCSA Works in the North Slope Region of Alaska

Recently, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Office of Vice Chairman Lisa Murkowski held a briefing for Congressional staff to highlight how Alaska Native organizations work together in the North Slope, given the unique approach to federal Indian law, which includes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Representatives from the region shared how multiple layers of representation and service delivery systems provide for and enhance the lives of the Iñupiat. The briefi… 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 Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska-Statewide: $57.1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for key drinking water projects in Alaska. Some of the projects include: Homer: $509,167 to the city of Homer to extend the water distribution system to provide piped public water to 27 central business distri… Continue Reading


Senators Seek to Reauthorize Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2022 (S.4120). This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever passed by Congress, which approved the measure unanimously in 2018. Th… Continue Reading

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