Press Releases

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03.14.22

What Alaskans Are Saying: Alaska Local Projects to Benefit from Congressionally Directed Spending Allocations

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, directed Congressionally Directed Spending allocations to over 65 local projects in Alaska in the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which is expected to be signed into law this week. The new Congressionally Directed Spending process restores Alaskans' ability to have a voice in federal budget decisions by helping to identify and address needs in the state. Click here for the full list of Congres… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Passes Congress, Heads to President’s Desk

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022, led by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), alongside U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), is heading to the President to be signed into law. This bipartisan legislation, which was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, reauthorizes VAWA through 2027, preserves advancements in previous reauthorizations, and strengthens and modernizes the almost 30-year-old law. The VA… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Murkowski Commends Announcement of Russian Seafood Ban

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today issued the following statement commending President Joe Biden for signing an executive order to prohibit the importation of Russian seafood and other key imports into the United States. Since Russia imposed seafood bans on the United States in 2014, Senator Murkowski has worked to educate every President and their administration on the importance of re-opening the Russian market to U.S. seafood and failing that, creating a reciprocal ban on Russian seafo… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Risch and Cassidy Urge Administration to Meet Domestic Mineral Demand, Address Supply Chain Crisis

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden stressing the urgency for the United States to strengthen America's mineral security. They call upon him to invoke the Defense Production Act to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minerals, such as battery metals like lithium and gr… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Murkowski Secures Investments for Alaska in Fiscal Year 2022 Bill

Last night, the Senate passed the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which sets federal funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured significant funding priorities, including $230 million in Congressionally Directed Spending allocations specifically for Alaska. Click here for Alaska's Congressionally Directed Spending Allocations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes all 12 of the ann… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Schatz, Murkowski Applaud Senate Passage of Historic Tribal Provisions in Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

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 inclusion of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA) in a bipartisan appropriations deal. The bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "VAWA's Tribal provisions will restore justice for Native communities and provide tools to keep Native families s… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Murkowski Directs $230 Million to Alaska Projects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that she directed more than $230 million within the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus to Alaska through the new Congressionally Directed Spending process. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes all 12 annual appropriations bills and completes the Fiscal Year 2022 funding cycle, passed the Senate last night and now heads to the President to be signed into law. "After years of ceding control o… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senate Passes Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

The Senate passed the omnibus government funding bill that includes the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act, authored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2027, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. "I'm grateful our bipartisan bill to reauthorize the… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senate Passes Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

The Senate passed the omnibus government funding bill that includes the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act, authored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2027, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. "I'm grateful our bipartisan bill to reauthorize the… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Murkowski, Duckworth Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Military Hunger

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led 12 of their Senate colleagues today in introducing new, bipartisan legislation to support active duty military families experiencing food insecurity and prevent hunger in these families. The Military Family Nutrition Access Act would address this critical issue by excluding Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)-a subset of military compensation intended to cover the costs of off-base housing-from income calculations used to determine… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Murkowski Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) yesterday spoke on the Senate floor in support of H.R. 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act, and the critical need to help the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) more effectively fulfill its mission to "bind the nation together." Murkowski later voted in favor of the legislation, which the Senate passed by a 79-19 vote. "The fact of the matter is the Postal Service is in trouble and needs the reforms included in this legislation. I hear from Alaskans who face late ma… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Senator Murkowski Speaks on International Women’s Day

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of International Women's Day, highlighting the accomplishments of women who have made an impact on Alaska and our nation's history while also acknowledging the unfinished work needed to advance equality and justice for all women. Click HERE for a video of Senator Murkowski's floor statement. Transcript: Madam President, I want to take just a moment and acknowledge that today, March 8, marks In… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Manchin, Murkowski Welcome White House Announcement to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, 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, welcomed an announcement from President Biden that the United States will ban Russian energy imports. This announcement follows the lead of Senators Manchin and Murkowski's bipartisan, bicameral Ban Russian Energy Imports Act, which would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural … Continue Reading


03.07.22

Manchin, Murkowski Statement on Growing Bipartisan, Bicameral Efforts to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan, bicameral agreement from the Senate Committee on Finance that provides a legislative path forward to ban imports of energy products from Russia. "Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war on Ukraine has killed hundreds of innocent people - many o… Continue Reading


03.04.22

Delegation Announces USDA Investment of More than $39 Million in Watersheds and Water Supply

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska welcomed an announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that?the?U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $39 million in Alaska's infrastructure. This funding is through implementation of?the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed into law last November. "The cultural identity and subsistence way of life for Alaska Native communities is directly tie… Continue Reading


03.04.22

Delegation Welcomes $187 Million Investment from Infrastructure Law to Boost Supply Chain & Strengthen Border Security

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, celebrated the announcement of over $187 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act heading to Alcan, Alaska for the design and construction of a new Alcan Land Port of Entry (ALCAN) Border Station. Constructed in 1971, the ALCAN is the most isolated land port of entry between the US and Canada, processing commercial truck traffic, in addition to buses and privately-owned vehicles. Th… Continue Reading


03.03.22

Arctic Caucus Co-Chairs Murkowski, King Support Decisions of Arctic Organizations Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chairs of the Senate Arctic Caucus, issued the following statements commending Arctic intergovernmental forums for publicly denouncing Russia's war against Ukraine. This included a joint statement from seven nations of the Arctic Council (all but Russia) and a decision to pause all meetings and engagements in Russia. The Arctic Economic Council also announced actions. "The Arctic has long been a zone of peace where a rules-bas… Continue Reading


03.03.22

Manchin, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Effort to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Ban Russian Energy Imports Act which would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal. They were joined by Senators John Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Brian Schatz (… Continue Reading


03.02.22

ENR Republicans to Biden: Restore America’s Energy Dominance

Today, every Republican member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) sent a letter to President Biden outlining 10 steps he and Congress can take to regain America's energy dominance. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of ENR, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Roger Marshall (R-K… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Murkowski Responds to President Biden’s Address

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tonight released the following response to President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF SENATOR MURKOWSKI Transcript: "We just listened to President Biden's first State of the Union address to Congress. And I believe he started his address appropriately and with the right tone, indicating that the world is watching the devastation in Ukraine, the atrocities that we are seeing delivered by President Putin out of Russia… Continue Reading

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