Press Releases

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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


03.01.22

Murkowski Hosts EPA, Army Corps Officials and Alaska Stakeholders at WOTUS Roundtable

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted Radhika Fox, the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Jamie Pinkham, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, for a roundtable discussion on the agencies' recently proposed "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The discussion allowed Murkowski and a range of state officials, led by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune, and in… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Senators Collins and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Codify Supreme Court Decisions on Reproductive Rights: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation today that would codify the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade (1973) and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). The Senators will also file their bill, titled the Reproductive Choice Act (RCA), as an amendment to the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), which the Senate will attempt to take up this evening. "I support the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade and affirmed by Planned Paren… Continue Reading


02.28.22

Murkowski Holds Field Hearing on Education in Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), recently chaired a field hearing in Anchorage, Alaska titled, "Transformative and Innovative Strategies for Better Educational Outcomes for Alaska Native Students." The field hearing was held at Alaska Pacific University and featured witnesses from the Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska State Board of Education, Sea Lion Corporation and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. These … Continue Reading


02.28.22

ICYMI: Murkowski Addresses Alaska State Legislature

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently addressed the Alaska State Legislature in a joint legislative session at the State Capitol Building. Senator Murkowski spoke to her optimism for Alaska's future, in part to the actions she and her colleagues have taken in Congress. This includes major relief bills to provide unprecedented federal support to help Alaskans during the COVID-19 pandemic; an historic infrastructure law which will bring significant benefits to our state; diversifying and boo… Continue Reading


02.25.22

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: Alaska-Statewide: $30.6 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding, made available under the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS), will help defray costs incurred by seafood processing facilities and vessels preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alaska… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Murkowski Statement on President Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Biden nominated D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy that will be created when Justice Stephen Breyer retires at the end of the current term. "As we begin the confirmation process, I would be remiss if I didn't first thank Justice Breyer for his decades of service to the nation and steadfast commitment to the Supreme Court's mission-to en… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Murkowski Statement on Russia’s Acts of War against Ukraine

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tonight released the following statement after Russia launched military attacks against the sovereign nation of Ukraine. "Tonight, our worst fears in this crisis have been realized: Russia has invaded Ukraine and is committing acts of war against an innocent people. "This unprovoked action has no place in the 21st century. It is a grievous violation of international law and longstanding norms. And I fear it will lead to massive devastation and a catastro… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Delegation Condemns Biden Administration Filing Against Alaska’s Ambler Road

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) court filing to reopen the Record of Decision for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project (Ambler Road). This project-which began permitting during the Obama administration-received final federal approval in July of 2020, but now faces months of supplemental environmental analysis. "America's lack … Continue Reading


02.21.22

Murkowski Hosts Video Tele-Townhall with Alaska’s Mayors on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted a townhall discussion with over 40 mayors and city managers from across Alaska to speak to the bipartisan infrastructure law. "Working on the bipartisan infrastructure law was one of the most consequential efforts of my career, and it's critical Alaskan communities are ready for the opportunities coming their way," said Senator Lisa Murkowski, a lead author of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "I'm looking forward to Alaska… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Alaska Delegation Introduces Bill to Protect Alaska’s Cruise Season, Boosting Economy and Supporting Small Businesses

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all (R-AK) introduced bicameral legislation to provide a one year extension of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act (ATRA), which was signed into law in May 2021. Under the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA), foreign vessels must stop at a foreign port between U.S. ports. While Canada's borders are currently open to international travelers, they were not in 2021 which is why Alaska's Congressional delegation pushed for an… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Vice Chairman Murkowski Delivers Floor Speech on Alaska Native Civil Rights Leader

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), spoke on the Senate floor on February 16, 2022 to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich and her legacy as an Alaska Native civil rights leader. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivering her floor speech on Elizabeth Peratrovich on February 16, 2022 Excerpts from the Vice Chairman's floor speech: "Mr. President, I've come to the Senate floor to recognize and honor Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was a relentless c… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Rosen, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address K-12 Student Mental Health Crisis

U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the bipartisan Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act, which would authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide direct funding assistance to school districts for comprehensive student mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts. This type of funding assistance from SAMHSA is cur… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Murkowski, Cardin Introduce Bill to Expand Medicare Coverage for Families with History of Cancer Genes

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act, legislation which would expand Medicare to cover screening for hereditary cancer for individuals with a family history of hereditary cancer. Harmful changes in some genes or variants are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. Research indicates that inherited variants may contribute to about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Genetic testing can be used to determine… Continue Reading


02.16.22

Alaska Delegation Welcomes $30 Million to Support Alaska’s Seafood Industry, Help Recoup COVID-19 Losses

Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, welcomed a $30 million investment in Alaska's seafood industry by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This funding, made available under the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS), will help defray costs incurred by seafood processing facilities and vessels preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. $30,694,746 in support from the SPRS Prog… Continue Reading


02.16.22

ICYMI: Murkowski Addresses Ukraine-Russia Border Crisis

As the Senate works on a sanctions package to deter Russia from invading Ukraine, including imposing severe punishments in the event an invasion is carried out, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) yesterday spoke on the Senate floor about additional steps the Senate should take to address the situation. In her address, she spoke to aspects of the crisis that have received less attention so far, including how an invasion could destabilize the Arctic, how impacts of poor energy policy in the U.S. s… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Murkowski, King, Colleagues Work to Advance Arctic Diplomacy

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME), co-chairs of the Senate Arctic Caucus, this week led a letter with 10 of their Senate colleagues to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to address critical Arctic issues. In their letter, the Senators raised the need for a comprehensive Arctic strategy and to lead with diplomacy and questioned the State Department's organizational approach to the region. In addition to Senators Murkowski and King, the letter was signed by Senators Lindsey… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Sullivan, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Ban Russian Seafood Imports

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) this week introduced the U.S-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act, legislation that would impose a ban on the import of all Russian seafood products into the United States in response to Russia's own prohibition on the import of U.S. and other western seafood products since 2014. Russia enacted its embargo in response to a suite of sanctions the United States and its allies imposed following Russia's 2014 invasion of the Crimean… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Senators Introduce Bill to Improve USCG Behavioral Health Policies

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Guarding Mental Health Act, legislation which would require the Commandant of the Coast Guard to establish an interim behavioral health policy for members of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) that achieves parity with the policies of the Department of Defense (DoD). Currently, the USCG has outdated policies with respect to personnel who come forward to seek treatment for mental and b… Continue Reading


02.10.22

Schatz, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan 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 introduction of their bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA) in the Senate. "Nearly a decade ago, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 restored Tribal jurisdiction over domestic violence crimes, recognizing Tribes' right to exercise their authorit… Continue Reading

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