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Murkowski Urges Consensus Building Over Partisan Rule Changes

As partisan attempts to weaken or eliminate the legislative filibuster reach a fever pitch this week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke about the importance of protecting minority rights in the Senate, and to the consequences of weakening the legislative filibuster to a 50-vote, majority-serving threshold. Click here for video of Senator Murkowski's floor statement on the legislative filibuster. EXCERPTS "I understand what it takes to work across the aisle to bring good policy in… Continue Reading


“No Action” Administration Targets NPR-A for Latest Restrictions on Alaska Resource Development

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signaled that it plans to close millions of additional acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to responsible resource development. "With zero analysis or consultation with Alaskans, the Biden administration has decided to upend the NPR-A's current management plan to return to an outdated policy that is worse for our state's econ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commends $1.6 Million Investment for Food Security in Alaska

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced $1.6 million in Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) contracts were delivered to 366 individuals and non-profits within Alaska. These contracts will fund 234 projects that will help Alaskans grow more local, nutritious food in communities throughout the state. Murkowski created MGFSP via the 2018 Farm Bill to help increase food security in the non-contiguous states and territories. Due to her work as a senior member of the Senate App… Continue Reading


Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the senior Senator for Alaska, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association: $755,743 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Head Start Indian Grants Program. Aniak: $1,035,000 to construct five tiny homes, which will serve as a temporary shelter for families impacted by COVID-19. Anchorage: Up to $75,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on the January 6 Anniversary

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the attack at the United States Capitol: "Today marks one year since the U.S. Capitol was stormed by a mob incited by our former president. Those of us who were there to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities can never erase what we saw and heard, nor will we ever forget the desecration and violence that took place. "A year later, the sadness and anger of knowing that it was Americans who brea… Continue Reading


Murkowski Wishes Alaskans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shared the following message with Alaskans: Click here for video of Senator Murkowski. "The holidays are a special opportunity to share traditions and enjoy time with those we hold close. As I take pause to think about the many blessings I have in my own life - my family, friends, and the opportunity to represent the great state of Alaska - I am reminded of all we have collectively to be thankful for. As Alaskans, we get live in a beautiful state, with … Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Disbursement of CARES Act Funding to Alaska’s Fisheries

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that $50 million in fishery assistance, secured through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be disbursed this week to Alaska's commercial harvesters, sport fishing charters, and seafood processors. This funding comes as a result of the efforts of Senator Murkowski to make direct assistance available to subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants, processors, fishery-related businesses and fishery-d… Continue Reading


King Cove, Murkowski Mark Eight Years and 157 Medevacs Since Rejection of Life-Saving Road

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today issued the following statement on the eight-year anniversary of the Department of the Interior's rejection of a short, one-lane, gravel, life-saving road needed to connect King Cove, Alaska to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay. The single-lane road is crucial to providing reliable emergency medical access for all who live in King Cove. Two days before Christmas in 2013, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced she would not allow the… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes Additional H-2B Visas

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, welcomed an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) that a joint temporary final rule will soon be implemented to ensure an additional 20,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be made available nationwide for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. "This announcement recognizes the significance of H-2B visas for Alaska and is vitally important for our state'… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commits to VAWA Reauthorization

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) yesterday spoke on the Senate floor about the need for a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. This speech dovetails an announcement made by Senator Murkowski and her colleagues, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), that they have developed a bipartisan framework to modernize and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The framework agreement includes provisions that strengthen rape prevention… Continue Reading



U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) introduced the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act, legislation 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 salmon management. The Research Task Force would be directed to conduct a comprehensive review of Pacific salmon science relevant to understanding and managing salmon returns in Ala… Continue Reading


ACT for ALS Act Unanimously Passes Senate, Heads to President Biden for His Signature

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies (ACT) for ALS Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.). The bipartisan, bicameral bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The ACT for ALS Act would fund essential research into fast-progressing rare neurodegenerative and terminal diseases, like amyotrophic latera… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates ConocoPhillips On GMT2 Production

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today applauded ConocoPhillips for achieving first oil production at its Greater Mooses Tooth #2 (GMT2) drill site, located in the northeast part of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The project received final approval from federal officials in late 2018. "Congratulations to ConocoPhillips and their dedicated team for bringing more Alaska oil to market to help refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and create hundreds of well-paying jobs in our s… Continue Reading


Feinstein, Ernst, Durbin, Murkowski Agree on Bipartisan Framework to Modernize, Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today released the following joint statement after reaching an agreement on a bipartisan framework to modernize and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: "After nearly three years of negotiations, we have reached an agreement on a bipartisan framework to strengthen, modernize and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. This important legislation will help prevent v… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Defense Authorization Bill Will Bolster Alaska, National Security

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of S. 1605, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), helping it to pass the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 88-11. This year's NDAA authorizes $768 billion for national defense, including $740 billion for the Department of Defense's (DOD) annual budget to ensure the Pentagon can compete and thrive amid strategic competition. The bill prioritizes military members and their families, training and readiness, strengt… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Murkowski, Collins, Sinema Legislation to Honor Justices Ginsburg and O’Connor with Statues in the Capitol Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, along with U.S. Senators Murkowski (R-AK), Collins (R-ME), and Sinema (D-AZ), to place statues of former Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor in the U.S. Capitol or on the U.S. Capitol grounds to honor their service and dedication to our country passed the Senate unanimously. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor were trailblazers long before reaching the Su… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Latest Numbers Show Dangers of Reconciliation Spending Spree

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released reports showing the harm being caused by the Biden administration's energy and social spending policies. BLS reported that inflation is at a 39-year high, while CBO projected that the 'Build Back Better' agenda would add $3 trillion to the deficit over a single decade if made permanent. "These reports make it abundantly clear that Pr… Continue Reading


Act for ALS Act Passes House, Cosponsored by Majority of the Senate

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies (ACT) for ALS Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.). The passage of the bill in the House comes just as the companion bill reaches 55 cosponsors in the Senate, with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) having been the 50th … Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Overturn Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week voted to overturn President Biden's vaccine and testing mandate for private employers. After cosponsoring S.J.Res. 29, a resolution of disapproval against the vaccine mandate, she helped the Senate pass it on a bipartisan vote of 52-48. "The Senate voted to overturn the President's mandate and I hope the House will follow suit. I question the constitutionality of this mandate and believe it sets a dangerous precedent. It is within a private employer'… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Murkowski Takes Action To Address Violence Occurring in Alaska Native Communities

This week, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held an oversight hearing focused on "Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction." Concurrent with the hearing, Vice Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Chairman Brian Schatz (D-HI) released a discussion draft of the tribal title for the upcoming Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization for public comment. During her opening remarks at this week's hearing, Murkowski spok… Continue Reading

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