Press Releases

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03.11.24

ICYMI: Biden Targets Alaska’s Petroleum Reserve

Washington, DC -The Hill recently published an opinion piece from Alaska’s bipartisan congressional delegation, outlining how the Biden administration is targeting the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) with sweeping restrictions that are designed to prevent future development. The delegation argues these restrictions are unfair, unlawful, and will hurt Alaska’s economy and West Coast energy security while doing nothing to address climate change. Despite this, the Biden administration’s … Continue Reading


03.08.24

Murkowski urges movement on Dr. Mike Sfraga’s nomination for Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to urge the committee to move on Dr. Mike Sfraga’s nomination for Ambassador-at-Large for the Arctic region. Senator Murkowski was the lead proponent on the creation of the position, which the State Department established in August 2022. Dr. Sfraga was nominated to the ambassadorship on February 13, 2023. “As Senator to the only Arcti… Continue Reading


03.06.24

Murkowski, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Require Transparency in Political Ads with AI-Generated Content

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan AI Transparency in Elections Act to require disclaimers on political ads with images, audio, or video that are substantially generated by artificial intelligence (AI). The legislation requires political ads created or altered by AI to have a disclaimer, except when AI is used for only minor alterations, such as color editing, cropping, resizing, and other immaterial uses. The bill also requires the Federal Ele… Continue Reading


03.05.24

Murkowski, Sullivan, and Colleagues Urge Service Secretaries to Implement Cold Weather Pay for Servicemembers

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) led a group of her Senate colleagues in two letters urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall and U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth to begin implementing the cold weather special duty pay for servicemembers based in certain locations, a provision Senator Murkowski led in the Fiscal Year 2023 NDAA aimed at addressing mental health in the military. The letter was also signed by Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND).… Continue Reading


03.04.24

Murkowski Announces New Staff in Washington, DC Office

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced several new staff, fellows, and interns who will serve in her Washington, DC office. “I’m proud to announce the newest additions to my team, all of whom will be based in Washington, DC. Each individual brings diverse skills and a passion for serving our great state of Alaska,” Murkowski said. “I’m glad to have them on board and confident their contributions will make a difference for Alaskans.” Kit Cunningham joins the office … Continue Reading


02.28.24

Vice Chairman Murkowski Welcomes Report And Recommendations From The Alyce Spotted Bear And Walter Soboleff Commission On Native Children

Last week, the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children (Commission) transmitted its official and final report and recommendations to the President and Congress as directed by bipartisan legislation Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) ushered into law (Public Law 114-244, as amended by Public Law 117-41) in 2016. Congress created and directed the Commission to conduct an intensive study of federal, tribal, state and local programs and grants available to American Indian, Al… Continue Reading


02.27.24

Murkowski, Sullivan Welcome $125 Million for Rural Energy in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today welcomed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement of up to $125.1 million for five energy development projects in Alaska. DOE awarded the funds under its Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program, which Murkowski helped author as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-58).   “One of my priorities when crafting the bipartisan infrastructure law was cleaner and more affordable en… Continue Reading


02.26.24

Murkowski Celebrate Blocking the Kroger-Albertsons Merger

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representative Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) celebrate the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision to sue to block the Kroger-Albertsons merger. “This announcement will come as a relief to countless Alaskans. From the potential for even higher grocery prices to longer-term store closures, there were just too many unknowns and uncertainties for this merger to move forward,” said Senator Murkowski. “The delegation worked hard to ensure that Alaskans’ co… Continue Reading


02.23.24

Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud $45 Million Investment in Alaska’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of $45,509,000 for drinking water, clean water, and wastewater infrastructure upgrades in Alaska. EPA received the funding to make these awards, which go to state-run programs, from 2021’s bipartisan infrastructure law. “Thanks to this award, more Alaskans will have access to clean drinking water and upgraded wastewater facilities. This is truly … Continue Reading


02.15.24

ICYMI: Murkowski Addresses the Alaska State Legislature

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today delivered her annual address to the Alaska State Legislature during a joint legislative session at the Capitol Building in Juneau. Murkowski highlighted recent accomplishments that are helping to create jobs, boost the economy, and strengthen infrastructure in Alaska. While celebrating those wins, she also underscored significant challenges—like workforce shortages and the need to boost quality of life—that the state is facing. To address those chal… Continue Reading


02.14.24

Delegation Applauds USDA Purchase of Alaska Seafood Products

Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) and Representative Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) applauded the USDA announcing its plans to purchase about $100 million of Alaska pink and sockeye salmon through Section 32 and the Commodity Credit Corporation. “USDA’s Section 32 purchase announcement is great news for Alaska—almost $100 million of Alaskan seafood for people experiencing food insecurity. This purchase won’t just bolster Alaska’s seafood industry and support our coas… Continue Reading


02.13.24

Sullivan, Murkowski Renew Effort to Deliver Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans Their Rightful Land Allotments

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) have introduced legislation to extend the Alaska Native Vietnam Veteran Land Allotment Program for another five years before its expiration in December 2025. The program was established by a Sullivan-authored provision that became law in 2019, which enabled several thousand Alaska Native veterans to apply for their congressionally-promised Native land allotments—an opportunity many originally missed due to their military service durin… Continue Reading


02.13.24

Murkowski Statement on Passage of National Security Supplemental

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) issued the following statement on the Senate voting 70-29 to pass the national security supplemental package: “Today the Senate delivered an important message to our allies around the world - you can count on the United States. With the Senate’s support of this comprehensive national security bill crafted through months of bipartisan negotiation, our allies in Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan will be one step closer to receiving much needed and overdue support.… Continue Reading


02.12.24

Murkowski Introduces Working Waterfronts Bill to Boost Coastal Workforce, Fisheries, and Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the Working Waterfronts Act, legislation which includes more than a dozen provisions aimed at boosting the workforce, energy and shoreside infrastructure, food security, and economies of coastal communities in Alaska and across the country. The bill will also support efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and strengthen federal conservation research projects. In October 2022, Senator Murkowski began soliciti… Continue Reading


02.09.24

Murkowski, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize the National Landslide Preparedness Act

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced a bill to reauthorize the National Landslide Preparedness Act, which they led into law in 2020, to help communities prepare for and respond to landslides. The bill follows a deadly landslide in Wrangell, Alaska, in November 2023, that killed six people; landslides in Washington state that have closed highways and blocked railways; and hundreds of landslides and mudslides in California following their recent record-set… Continue Reading


02.08.24

Senator Murkowski Announces Upcoming Departure of Chief of Staff

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today announced the upcoming departure of her Chief of Staff, Kaleb Froehlich, who will be leaving the office for an opportunity in the private sector. “Kaleb has led my office for well over three years, and while I’m sad to lose him, I’m grateful he will have this opportunity to spend more time in Alaska with his family. Kaleb is a strong and talented leader and has been a valuable asset for the Alaskans we all serve. I wish him, Annie, a… Continue Reading


02.08.24

Murkowski Votes to Debate Legislation to Address Border Crisis, Provide Aid for U.S. Allies

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted in favor of procedural motions to begin debate on two measures related to the migrant crisis at the southern border and aid for U.S. allies. The first motion, which failed last night by a vote of 49-50, would have invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to bipartisan legislation addressing both the migrant crisis at the southern border and provided aid to U.S. allies including Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The second motion, which passed today by a … Continue Reading


02.07.24

Murkowski, Gillibrand Call on HHS Secretary to Support Head Start Impacted by Workforce Shortages, Enrollment Challenges

Recently, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on him to waive the full enrollment initiative penalty for Head Start programs who have not met their enrollment numbers due to challenges recruiting and retaining staff amid workforce shortages. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Head Start programs across the country have faced unprecedented staffing challenges. In response, the O… Continue Reading


02.02.24

Alaska and Hawaii Delegations Seek Medicare Reimbursement Flexibility for Rural Hospitals

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska), and Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono (both D-Hawaii), introduced legislation this week to increase the amount that hospitals in Alaska and Hawaii can be reimbursed by Medicare to perform outpatient procedures for enrolled seniors. Historically, rural states have faced significant cost disparities for Medicare reimbursement that drive up costs for both hospitals and patients. This legislation would recognize the uniqu… Continue Reading


02.01.24

Murkowski, Colleagues to Biden: Strengthen Enforcement of Iran Sanctions

Since the start of Hamas’s brutal assault against Israel on October 7, 2023, there have been more than 140 attacks against U.S. troops. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined a group of bipartisan colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to enforce current law and act against Iran’s illicit oil trade through sanctions. The Senators also encouraged support for proposed legislation pending in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski joined a group of bipartisan … Continue Reading

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