Press Releases

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01.21.22

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: Anchorage: Up to $400,000 in Phase II funding for PKS Consulting, Inc. from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a mobile plastic ocean waste recycler that produces recycled plastic lumber products from locally collected plastic ocean waste. Anchorage: $20,000 for Alaska Design Forum from the National Endowment for the Arts (… Continue Reading


01.21.22

Delegation Announces Disaster Declarations for Alaska Fisheries

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today welcomed determinations from the Department of Commerce that fishery disasters have occurred in numerous Alaska fisheries, allowing them to receive critical relief funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funding can be distributed to fishermen and their crews, seafood processors, and research initiatives in the impacted regions. "Alaska's fisheries are economic and s… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Sens. Coons, Murkowski, Reps. Peters, Salazar unveil landmark bipartisan climate resilience legislation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and María Salazar (R-Fla.) introduced the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act (NCARS), a bipartisan bill to streamline the federal response to climate hazards that threaten human health and well-being, critical infrastructure, and natural systems. Cosponsors include Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) as w… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Murkowski Urges Bipartisan Approach for Voting Rights, Election Reforms, Senate Rule Changes

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting against the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 5746, a combination of voting rights bills passed by the House of Representatives last week, and a subsequent effort to weaken the Senate's legislative filibuster to facilitate its passage along party lines. The cloture motion failed 49-51, while the rule change failed 48-52. "I continue to believe that Congress should pass a reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, whi… Continue Reading


01.19.22

Murkowski Announces Significant Funding for Alaska from Bipartisan Infrastructure Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that as a result of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which she played a lead role in crafting and advancing into law last year, four more projects in Alaska have been selected to receive substantial federal funding. Today's announcement, which follows last week's announcement of $25 million for the Denali Park Road, includes $250 million for the Port of Nome; $185 million for the Lowell Creek flood diversion project in Sew… Continue Reading


01.17.22

Murkowski Shares a Message of Reflection on MLK Day

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) shared the following message: Click here for video. Click here for a high-res photo. "When we reflect on what matters to us as Americans-things like equality, freedom, justice-it's hard to forget the remarkable leaders who fought to secure these rights in the ongoing quest toward a more perfect union. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to Civil Rights and leading with kindness changed the course of histor… Continue Reading


01.16.22

Murkowski Welcomes USDA Announcement for New Mariculture Facility on Prince of Wales Island

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $500,000 to Southeast Conference to design a mariculture processing facility to be located on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska-home to one of the largest kelp farms in the United States. "Creating sustainable economies in rural and remote communities can be challenging, but this investment, in recognition of the promise that Alaska's unique and growing mariculture industry … Continue Reading


01.14.22

Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Exchange Near Completion

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young all R-Alaska, welcomed the finalization of approximately 45 miles of permanent access easements, which mark the completion of a long-running land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). This final step follows more than twenty years of work, including significant leadership and support from the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the State of Alaska. "While my 2017 legislatio… Continue Reading


01.14.22

Casey, Tillis, Smith, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Community Health Workforce

As communities across the Nation tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are introducing bipartisan legislation to strengthen the workforce of community health workers and address health disparities among underserved communities. Studies have demonstrated that community health workers can identify and address the specific health needs of their communities, promote healthy behavior and reduce hospitalization. Th… Continue Reading


01.14.22

Vice Chairman Murkowski Underscores Need to Increase Access & Affordability of Broadband in Native Communities

During a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) roundtable this week on "Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment," Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the SCIA, provided an opening statement and questioned panelists about the importance of closing the digital divide through implementation of appropriations, COVID-19 relief bills, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "Closing the digital divide in Native communities has seemed … Continue Reading


01.14.22

Murkowski Votes to Sanction Nord Stream 2

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) yesterday voted in favor of S. 3436, the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Implementation Act, which would impose sanctions with respect to entities responsible for the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The vote, set at a threshold of 60 for passage, failed by a margin of 55-44. "Our partners in Europe need better options to meet their energy demand, but increasing their dependence on Russian gas is not one o… Continue Reading


01.13.22

Murkowski Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Blocking Biden’s Vaccine Sweeping Mandate for Businesses

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccine and testing mandate for private companies with more than 100 employees. In a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) order for larger businesses to either require vaccines or have a masking and testing policy. "I join many Alaskans in welcoming the Supreme Court decision to … Continue Reading


01.13.22

Delegation Welcomes Major Announcement on Denali Park Road

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that $25 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law is being made available to expedite a solution for Denali Park Road access. The investment is one of the first that the Department of the Interior (DOI) has made under the infrastructure law. It is both timely and critical for Alaska, as the Denali Park Road has continu… Continue Reading


01.12.22

Senators Coons, Murkowski reintroduce legislation to support spouses of veterans who died from ALS

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), the co-chair of the Senate ALS Caucus, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate ALS Caucus, re-introduced the Justice for ALS Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure the surviving spouses of veterans receive the full benefits they are owed. Companion legislation was introduced in the House last October by U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). According to the ALS Association, military veterans… Continue Reading


01.12.22

Senators Coons, Murkowski reintroduce legislation to support spouses of veterans who died from ALS

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), the co-chair of the Senate ALS Caucus, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate ALS Caucus, re-introduced the Justice for ALS Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure the surviving spouses of veterans receive the full benefits they are owed. Companion legislation was introduced in the House last October by U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). According to the ALS Association, military veterans… Continue Reading


01.12.22

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


01.11.22

“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


01.10.22

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


01.07.22

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: 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


01.06.22

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

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