Press Releases

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04.26.17

Murkowski Commends Executive Order on National Monuments

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for the signing ceremony of an executive order directing the Department of the Interior to conduct a review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act since 1996. Secretary Zinke will review onshore and marine monument designations over 100,000 acres in size, and provide recommendations to the president for changes to the scope and size of those m… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Murkowski Comments on President Trump’s Education Executive Order

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Executive Order Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education. "I was pleased to see that President Trump directed Education Secretary DeVos to review all regulations, guidance and documents issued by the Department to ensure they comply with the federal prohibitions against federal control of our schools. The Every Student Succeeds Act returned state and local control of our schoo… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Murkowski Votes to Confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was confirmed to be the Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87-11. "I congratulate Gov. Perdue on his successful confirmation to be our nation's next Secretary of Agriculture," Murkowski said. "We had a very good conversation about the many ways in which the USDA impacts Alaska, and he expressed a real willingness to work with us to improve our food security, rural economic develo… Continue Reading


04.18.17

AK Delegation Celebrates Quintillion Ribbon-Cutting in Deadhorse

Alaska Congressional Delegation attended the ribbon-cutting yesterday for the launch of Phase 1 of the Quintillion fiber system in Deadhorse, Alaska, slated to be the first intercontinental cable system. "Being connected is everything in the new economy, and it's inspiring to see how Alaskan companies have invested in the future of our state," said Senator Lisa Murkowski. "By delivering high-speed internet, companies like Quintillion are not just increasing access; they are providing the means … Continue Reading


04.12.17

Alaska Delegation Reintroduces Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act

The Alaska Congressional Delegation is continuing its efforts to provide equitable treatment to Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans by reintroducing the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The legislation would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam era, and missed an earlier opportunity because of that service, to apply for their government-promised Native allotment. "This has always been an issue of equi… Continue Reading


04.10.17

Murkowski Reintroduces Bill to Honor Recent Veterans of Second Division

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reintroduced S. 907, the Second Division Memorial Modification Act, to authorize the modification of the existing Second Division Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bill would allow the Second Indianhead Division Association Scholarship and Memorials Foundation (Foundation) to add commemorative elements or engravings to the existing memorial to honor the members of the Second Division who have given their lives in service to the United States but have yet to be… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski and Sullivan Introduce Bill to Restart Alaska OCS Development

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, yesterday introduced the Offshore Production and Energizing National Security Alaska Act of 2017 (OPENS Alaska Act) to repeal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) withdrawals made at the end of the Obama administration, provide for lease sales in the Arctic OCS, and ensure Alaska receives a fair share of the revenues from oil and gas development off its coast. "After years of regulatory restrictions and burdens imposed by the Obama administrat… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski Comments on U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement in response to the U.S.-launched missile strikes against the Shayrat Airfield in Syria, which is reportedly associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program and directly linked to the April 4th chemical weapons attack: "This week the world witnessed a horrific attack in Syria, where evidence shows Bashar al-Assad and his regime used chemical weapons in a strike to kill their own people. President Trump has taken the… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski: JBER’s 4-25 Army Brigade Combat Team Intact

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Army announced its intent to keep the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (4/25 BCT) home-based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, intact. "Alaskans are waking up today to news we've been waiting to hear for years now - the 4/25 Army Brigade Combat Team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson remains intact. As General Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, previously told me - it would be contr… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski Votes to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement to cast her vote in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: "I was pleased that today the U.S. Senate has moved to fill Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court with bipartisan support for Judge Neil Gorsuch, an imminently qualified jurist. Judge Gorsuch checks the box on every measure of what I'm looking for in a Supreme Court nominee: intellectual capacity, experience, indepen… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski and Sullivan Introduce Bill to Restart Alaska OCS Development

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, yesterday introduced the Offshore Production and Energizing National Security Alaska Act of 2017 (OPENS Alaska Act) to repeal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) withdrawals made at the end of the Obama administration, provide for lease sales in the Arctic OCS, and ensure Alaska receives a fair share of the revenues from oil and gas development off its coast. "After years of regulatory restrictions and burdens imposed by the Obama administrat… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Murkowski Comments On Changes to Supreme Court Confirmation Process

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski released the following statement and answered questions after the Senate changed the rules to lower the number of votes needed to end a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. "I respect the traditions of the Senate. But it is not tradition to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee - a strategy the Senate Democrats sadly decided to employ. I have a longstanding practice of supporting a process that allows every nominee the opportunity for an up or down vote once the… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Tester, Murkowski, Pingree Introduce Legislation to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure the VA is providing appropriate benefits and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Following reports that nude photos of female service members were posted on Facebook and other websites without the service members' knowledge or consent, the members' legislation will allow service members and veterans who have experienced online… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Murkowski Expresses Support for Supreme Court Nominee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor on the qualifications of Judge Neil Gorsuch, the nominee to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and to offer her support for his confirmation. "After spending time with Judge Gorsuch, after studying his life story, I am left with the undeniable impression that Neil Gorsuch has been nominated to a position that he has prepared his whole life to assume. He is not merely a good choice in my book, he's the best choi… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Sen. Murkowski Slams ANWR Wilderness Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after a group of Senators reintroduced legislation to override the preferences of the vast majority of Alaskans, prevent the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs, weaken the nation's long-term energy security, and deprive Alaska of its best opportunity to pull itself out of recession. "This bill was dead before it got introduced," Murkowski said. In addition to representing Alaska, Murkowski is the chairman of the Se… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Thune, Klobuchar Reintroduce Bill to Provide Licensure Clarity for Sports Medicine Professionals

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today reintroduced the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808), a bill that would clarify that health care services provided by a covered sports medicine professional to an athlete, athletic team, or staff member of an athlete or athletic team in a secondary state outside the state of licensure can be covered by the health professional's medical malpractice insurance provider. The bill would remove questions about licensing jurisd… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Murkowski: No Time to Rest on the Question of Cybersecurity

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today held a hearing to examine current efforts to protect domestic energy delivery systems from cybersecurity threats and evaluated efforts to secure the nation's natural gas pipeline system. In addition to highlighting the work that must be done to stay ahead of emerging threats, the hearing fostered a discussion about how the energy industry has worked with its federal partners to modify their digital networks, engage in research and advanced technologies, … Continue Reading


04.04.17

President Trump Signs Resolution Overturning U.S. Fish and Wildlife Regulation

The Alaska Congressional Delegation today applauded President Trump's signing of H.J. Res. 69, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn an August 5, 2016 rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seized authority away from the State of Alaska to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuge lands in Alaska: "Upholding the rule of law and protecting Alaska's authority to manage fish and game throughout our state is critically important to me - which is why I … Continue Reading


03.31.17

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tammy Baldwin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Maternal Care Access in Rural and Underserved Areas

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act to reduce maternity care shortages by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and help incentivize providers to practice in these underserved, often rural areas. Babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be low birth weight, and are five times more likely to die than babies whose mothers received care. "I am happy to support… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Murkowski Convenes Alaska Infrastructure Hearing

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday held the committee's fourth infrastructure hearing to examine the potential for infrastructure improvements that boost energy and mineral development in Alaska. The hearing focused on the positive impacts infrastructure would have on the state, including job creation and lower energy costs for Alaskans. "While yesterday we looked back to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Cession to purchase Alaska from Russia, it is i… Continue Reading

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