Press Releases

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07.21.17

Senators Commend US Attorney Nominee Bryan Schroder

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) issued the following statements after the White House announced President Trump's intent to nominate Bryan Schroder to serve as United States Attorney for Alaska: "Bryan Schroder has devoted his career to public service, first as a Coast Guard line officer, then as a Coast Guard JAG. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, with the rank of Captain, he chose to join the Alaska US Attorney's Office, rather than enter the private sector," sai… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Appropriators Approve First FY 2019 Funding Bill

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which provides funding for Department of Energy (DOE) programs and critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a member of the Appropriations Committee, secured provisions to build on energy opportunities in Alaska's Arctic, address the state's unique needs, and improve energy efficiency, renewable energy, and emergency p… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Murkowski, Sullivan Commend House Passage of King Cove Legislation

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 218, legislation to authorize a land exchange needed to construct a short road between the isolated communities of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska. H.R. 218 was introduced and championed by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and passed the House with bipartisan support from 248 members. "I commend Congressman Young for his leadership and for bringing a life… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of Joe Balash for Key Role at Interior

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Joe Balash to be the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior. Balash is currently the chief of staff for Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and previously served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. "Joe is an excellent choice for Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and I'm incr… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Alaska Delegation and Gov. Walker Urge DOI, DOT, USDA to Resolve Cooper Landing Bypass Dispute

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, and Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, yesterday sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging them to work together to resolve long-standing delays over the Cooper Landing Bypass in southcentral Alaska. "We write to seek your coordinated assistance to resolve one of the longest-runni… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Committee Reviews U.S. Energy and Resource Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the status of U.S. and North American energy and resource security. The hearing examined everything from the significant benefits that have resulted from the elimination of the domestic ban on crude oil exports in December 2015 to the need to maintain U.S. nuclear leadership and improve our waning mineral security. Murkowski opened the hearing by recognizing how far the… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Murkowski’s Statement on Senate Healthcare Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after Senate Republican leadership announced their plan to proceed to repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement. "As I've been saying, the Senate should take a step back and engage in a bipartisan process to address the failures of the ACA and stabilize the individual markets. That will require members on both sides of the aisle to roll up their sleeves and take this to the open committee… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Murkowski Introduces GE Salmon Labeling Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced new legislation (attached) to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered salmon, continuing her years-long fight against "Frankenfish." The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, co-sponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) requires any salmon that is genetically engineered to be labeled as "genetically engineered" or "GE." The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Serv… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Murkowski on Military Construction and VA Funding for Alaska

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill, which contains several priorities championed by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to support growth in Alaska's military presence and improve health services to our veterans. The bill supports critical infrastructure for U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. "This bill is critical to providing the resources that we need to gro… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Murkowski Demands Answers on Indian Health Service's Proposed Budget Cuts

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. Senator Murkowski raised concerns with Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the new Acting Director for the Indian Health Service, over the administration's budget request containing a decrease of $300 million from last year's enacted levels. "There is anger, there is frustration and rightly so because a… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Murkowski: New Secretarial Order Will Help Reduce Permitting Delays

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order directing the Department to hold regular onshore oil and gas leasing sales and to reduce delays in the processing of Applications for Permits to Drill (APDs). "After years of bureaucratic delay that held back and halted critical projects, this order is yet more good news for our efforts to refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline," Murkowski said. "Although Secretary … Continue Reading


07.01.17

Murkowski Applauds U.S. Mint Design to Feature Historic Alaska Native

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) today praised the decision by the U.S. Mint to feature Elizabeth Peratrovich, an Alaska Native who inspired enactment of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 on a new $1 coin. "Elizabeth Peratrovich stood up for those who needed a voice, when she witnessed significant discrimination against Alaska Natives. Her message was clear and powerful - that we must strive for equal rights for all citizens. This is great news for the Peratrovich family, Alaska Native… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Murkowski Welcomes First Step on New Offshore Leasing Plan

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the Department of the Interior has taken the first step toward a new Five-Year Program for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy development. "I'm pleased the administration has wasted no time in starting the process for a new and better plan that could increase offshore development in Alaska and elsewhere," Murkowski said. "With technological innovation, offshore development is n… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Murkowski: Alaska Will Greatly Benefit from Bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week introduced S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (ENRA), as the successor to her broad, bipartisan bill from the last Congress. This new measure will help Alaskans produce more energy, pay less for energy, facilitate needed infrastructure, boost the innovation of new technologies, and protect sportsmen's access to federal lands-all without raising taxes or adding to the deficit. "This new bill encompasses a wide range of Alaska prior… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Senators Murkowski and Cantwell Introduce Broad, Bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Bill

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the committee's ranking member, this week introduced S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (ENRA). The bill is the successor to their broad, bipartisan legislation from the previous Congress and was placed directly on the Senate Calendar for expedited floor consideration. Focused on a wide range of energy and natural resources opportunities and challenges, EN… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Murkowski Questions EPA Administrator Pruitt on Budget Priorities

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. During the hearing, Murkowski questioned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on numerous priorities for Alaska- ranging from reducing spending at the EPA, mining in the Bristol Bay region, air quality issues in Fairbanks, diesel generator regulations, and efforts to keep our air and water cle… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Donnelly, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Workforce Shortage to Confront Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that they introduced the Strengthening the Addiction Treatment Workforce Act (S.1453). Their bipartisan legislation would help address the shortage of providers who treat people battling substance use disorders by making addiction treatment facilities eligible for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) student loan repayment and forgiveness program. This bill would allow mental health and addiction treatment facilitie… Continue Reading


06.28.17

Murkowski Welcomes EPA Move to Rescind Burdensome WOTUS Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule to rescind the previous administration's "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The agency intends to re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 as it works on a less burdensome long-term replacement. "The WOTUS rule was one of the most controversial finalized by the Obama administration. Some 31 states, including Alaska, sued to block … Continue Reading


06.28.17

Murkowski Statement on Commissioner Honorable’s Upcoming Departure from FERC

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after Commissioner Colette Honorable announced that her final day at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be June 30, 2017. "Commissioner Honorable has served with distinction. While I did not agree with her on every issue, she has been an outstanding regulator, and I wish her and her family well. Although I understand and respect Commissioner Honorable's decision to step down this week, her departure again… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Murkowski: Alaskan Communities to Receive Economic Boost

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that the Department of the Interior is distributing more than $29.69 million to eligible local governments throughout Alaska. These payments are made to boroughs and counties across the United States that contain federal lands to help offset the cost of maintaining community services, such as first responders, public schools, and road construction. Unlike private lands, federal lands are not subject to local taxes, often making it difficult for r… Continue Reading

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