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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Murkowski Presses Biden Nominee Over Confounding Land Management & Resource Policies & Broken Statehood Promises

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) helped lead a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing this week where she pressed Laura Daniel-Davis, nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, over the Biden administration's harmful policies to Alaska implemented by the Department of the Interior. "We want DOI to be our partner, not our landlord, but that relationship has taken turn after turn in the wrong direction in the year-plus this administration … Continue Reading


Murkowski and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), alongside U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the VAWA federal grant programs through 2027 and modernizes the almost three-decade old law. This legislation will help prevent violence, support survivors, and hold perpetrators accountable for their violent actions. It includes key provisions to enhan… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act. 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. "This bill is the result of a true bipartisan effort, written in partnership with those working to prevent violence and support … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski, Manchin Discuss Bipartisanship on CNN’s State of the Union

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared on CNN's State of the Union with anchor Jake Tapper for a substantive joint interview on bipartisanship and how it achieves better results for the American people. Murkowski spoke to her friendship with Manchin; major bipartisanship achievements such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which is now law; current efforts on election reform; and her focus on always putting Alaskans first. To watch the in… 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: Alaska-Statewide: $32.3 million to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells from the Department of the Interior funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Alaska-Statewide: Anchorage: $373,278 to Rural Alaska Community Action Plan to recruit 50 AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who will leverage the language and cultur… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Raises Middle Mile and Tribal Infrastructure in Alaska to Secretary of Commerce

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently took part in a U.S. Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on expanding America's broadband access through programs contained within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which Senator Murkowski helped author and shepherd into law. During the hearing, Senator Murkowski questioned U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Gina Raimondo, on Alaska-specific priorities, including middle mile and Tribal broa… Continue Reading


Vice Chair Murkowski Leads Discussion on Repatriation of Native American Remains and Sacred Objects During Committee Oversight Hearing

During an oversight hearing this week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), provided an opening statement on the important oversight role that Congress exercises regarding the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and its importance to Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian efforts to repatriate sacred human remains and funerary objects back to their communities. Pictured: Sen… Continue Reading

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