Press Releases

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02.09.18

Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud Emergency Relief for Communities Affected by Fisheries Disasters

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today applauded the inclusion of funding for fisheries disasters in the Bipartisan Budget Act, which established funding levels through the end of Fiscal Year 2019. The bill passed the Senate in a vote of 71-28. Last month Senators Murkowski and Sullivan called on their colleagues to include disaster funding for coastal communities affected by longstanding and ongoing fisheries disasters, as Congress considered a relief package for U.S… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Murkowski: ANCSA Improvement Act Fulfills Federal Promises to Alaska Natives

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week spoke at a legislative hearing held by the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining to highlight the importance of S. 1481, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Improvement Act. The bill, sponsored by Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, will help ensure that ANCSA continues to serve and benefit Alaska Natives as Congress intended. "Back in 1971, Congress passed ANCSA to settle the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Natives,… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Senate Passes Bipartisan Budget Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the two-year budget agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which also includes a Continuing Resolution to funds government programs until March 23. The bill passed the Senate in a vote of 71-28. "Passage of this legislation ensures our military has the support needed to meet the challenges of an increasingly dangerous world. Providing our armed forces and the veterans who have bravely served us with the resources they need should always remain… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Murkowski on Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Today the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, of which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is a member, focused on the impact the opioid crisis has on children and families. The hearing featured witnesses representing a medical facility and foundations who focus on foster care and child welfare, research of opioid-exposed infants and women with substance-use disorders, and education for families about the dangers of drug abuse. "The issue of addiction and how opioids are devastatin… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Murkowski: Modern Energy Infrastructure Key to Ensuring U.S. Competitive Advantage

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine how our nation's energy infrastructure, from production to generation to distribution, has significantly evolved over time. The committee also examined how federal policies affect energy infrastructure, and heard how new technologies and continued innovation will provide us with opportunities to continue to improve these systems. "Energy infrastructure has been a key focus for our committee, particularly the roadblocks that … Continue Reading


02.07.18

Murkowski Welcomes Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

Tonight U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement, establishing funding levels through the end of Fiscal Year 2019: "Our inability to fund the government frustrates every American, but is actually damaging to our military and the institutions Alaskans rely upon every day. This agreement is a signal that we can overcome partisan differences and find common ground in the interest of those we represent. Like any compromise, I do not supp… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Hirono, Murkowski, Women Senators Recognize American Heart Month

Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) led the Senate's annual resolution recognizing February as American Heart Month. "Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States," Senator Murkowski said. "And while we've made good progress through research and advocacy, there is still so much we have to learn about our cardiovascular health. It is imperative that we continue to be proactive in providing our healthcare professionals, our families, and … Continue Reading


02.06.18

Committee Reviews Legislation for U.S.-Affiliated Islands

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today held a hearing to receive testimony on legislation to address two time-sensitive issues related to U.S.-affiliated islands. The bills were S. 2182, the Bikini Resettlement and Relocation Act, and S. 2325, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act. Following World War II, Congress created a trust fund for the people of Bikini for the rehabilitation and resettlement of Bikini Atoll in the wake of U.S. nuclear testing. Today, Murkowski expressed her … Continue Reading


02.02.18

Murkowski Proudly Announces 2018 Military Academy Nominations

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proudly announced the names of 35 young Alaskans she is nominating to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2022. "It is an honor to nominate such accomplished young adults for admission into our nation's military academies. This year I received countless applications from talented young men and women from across the state. I know each of the nominees will be incredible representatives of our state," said Senator Murkowski. "I wish them al… Continue Reading


01.31.18

Murkowski Convenes Oversight Hearing on Natural Hazards

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a full committee hearing to discuss natural hazards, including volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and avalanches, and the effectiveness of early warning monitoring systems to minimize risks and protect local communities. The committee received testimony from experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Forest Service, the Mayor of Kodiak, Alaska, Washington State Geological Survey, the Alaska Earthquake Center, and Colorado … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Murkowski Comments on President Trump’s First State of the Union Address

Tonight U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement in response to President Trump's first State of the Union address. (Click here or image to watch video) "The President's vision that he outlined tonight of an America that is safe, strong, and proud is one that all of us should be able to support. I welcome his outreach to members of both parties and the policies he laid out that can draw support, even in a divided nation. "There was a lot of good in the President… Continue Reading


01.30.18

McCaskill, Murkowski, Sullivan Seek to Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment Options for Rural Communities

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are working to expand rural communities' access to treatment for opioid addiction. While current law requires a doctor or nurse to see a patient in person before prescribing medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction, the Senators are encouraging the Trump Administration to exempt healthcare providers from this restriction in limited cases in order to expand access to opioid addiction treatment via tele… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Committee Advances Four Energy and Interior Nominees

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to advance four of President Trump's nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI): Melissa Burnison to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs; Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management, and Budget; Ryan Nelson to be Solicitor for the Department of the Interior; and Anne White to be Assistant S… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Delegation Urges Interior to Keep Chukchi, Beaufort, and Cook Inlet in New Offshore Program

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to provide comment on the Alaska-specific offshore areas in the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing for 2019-2024 that should be included in its Final Proposed Program. "We commend you for taking an inclusive approach that allows for meaningful public input as you determine where responsible development should occur on o… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Murkowski Reacts to EPA’s Pebble Announcement

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would suspend its withdrawal of proposed restrictions on the Pebble project in southwest Alaska. EPA announced its decision after an extensive public process that included an extended comment period and meetings with local stakeholders. "Administrator Pruitt is taking a balanced approach by allowing Pebble to enter the permitting process, while noting EPA's duty … Continue Reading


01.25.18

Auto Show Hearing Highlights U.S. Innovation, Emerging Technologies

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a full committee field hearing at the Washington Auto Show to discuss the innovation, research, and development of advanced vehicle technologies and their impacts on our energy security and infrastructure. "This truly is an exciting time for the automotive sector, with a host of new technologies emerging in recent years," Murkowski said. "Lightweight materials like carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, and composites are increasing vehicle efficienc… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Murkowski Recognizes Legislative Wins in Continuing Resolution

President Trump signed a short-term spending bill this week that will fund the government through February 8, 2018. In addition to ending a three day-long government shutdown, the continuing resolution makes legislative strides by reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP for six years and suspending three Affordable Care Act taxes and fees. The taxes on medical devices and health insurance issuers are now delayed until 2020 and the Cadillac Tax is delayed until 2022. The Cad… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Hearing Spotlights Importance of Energy Infrastructure, Diverse Fuel Mix

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to discuss the performance of our nation's electric power system during cold weather events, particularly the recent bomb cyclone that affected Northeast states. The committee heard from representatives of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), PJM Interconnection, ISO New England, and Goodgrid. "Federal law and policy must enable ener… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Delegation Hails Landmark Agreement for Life-Saving Road

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Department of the Interior and the King Cove Corp. signed an agreement authorizing a small land exchange needed to construct a short, gravel, life-saving road that will connect King Cove, Alaska to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay. "Common sense and compassion have finally prevailed," Murkowski said. "For decades, the people of King Cove have asked for what virt… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Murkowski Supports Compromise to End Government Shutdown

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after working with her colleagues on both side of the aisle to successfully pass a funding bill in the Senate to end the government shutdown. "I have been actively working over the weekend, with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to help facilitate an agreement. I am pleased that we were able to put our differences aside to get the government back on track and do what's right for our country. Together, we ended a government … Continue Reading

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