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Vice Chairman Murkowski Highlights Alaska’s Progress During Hearing on Coronavirus Response in Native Communities

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, provided the following remarks during an oversight hearing on "Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Health Systems One Year Later." Pictured: Senator Murkowski (left) with Senator Schatz (right) during hearing on April 14, 2021 "The coronavirus pandemic has created major challenges for our native health care systems across the country and revealed longstanding deficiencies i… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Introduces Legislation to Provide Long Term Fiscal Stability for University of Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, introduced, in both the Senate and House of Representatives, the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act. The legislation fulfills the University of Alaska's promise as a land grant university with sufficient lands to generate revenues that help support its students and operations. The University of Alaska (UA) currently has one of the smallest land endowments-just 110,000 acres-of any applicable institution of high… Continue Reading


Murkowski Takes Leadership Role in Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was selected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR), the Arctic Council's working body with permanent participants from eight Arctic countries. Senator Murkowski has represented the U.S. on the Standing Committee, as an Arctic Parliamentarian, since 2003. Being elevated to the position of Vice Chairman enables her to serve in a greater leadership role to further promote cooperation and collaboration … Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Burr, Murray, Sinema Send Letter to Education Secretary Cardona on Homeless Youth and Children Funding

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), sent a letter to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Miguel Cardona detailing priorities on the implementation of $800 million in K-12 funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The $800 million was included in the ARP through an amendment offered by Senator Murkowski and cosponsored by Senators Manchin and Sinema specifically to support children and youth who ar… Continue Reading


Murkowski Arctic Priorities included in Comprehensive China Legislation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that her legislative efforts on Arctic diplomacy were included in the base bill of the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to counter China by confronting the nation's economic and geopolitical power. To ensure that the United States has adequate capacity to prevent and respond to security threats in the Arctic region, the bill addresses the need to invest in a significantly expanded icebreaker fleet. The leg… Continue Reading


Department of Interior Announces Alaska Projects to Receive Funding to Address Deferred Maintenance

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released funding for the 165 projects across the U.S. - including seven projects in Alaska - allocated by the fiscal year 2020 Interior Appropriations from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF). The LRF was established through the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation shepherded by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and signed into law in August 2020. "During my time as chairman of both the Senate Energy and Natural Resour… Continue Reading


Group of 10 Republican Senators Release Joint Statement in Response to Comments from President Biden

In response to President Biden's comments this afternoon regarding their Covid-19 relief proposal, the group of 10 Republican Senators released the following statement: "In good faith, our group of 10 Republicans worked together to draft a sixth Covid-19 relief package earlier this year. Our $618 billion proposal was a first offer to the White House designed to open bipartisan negotiations. Our package included the core Covid relief elements of the Biden Administration's plan, such as provi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Release of $7 Million in Secure Rural School Payments to Alaska

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, the Forest Service distributed $7.7 million-funding authorized and secured by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)-to communities across Alaska. In her time as Chairman of both the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Lisa Murkowski consistently championed continuation of the Secure Rural Schools. "For years I have worked… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Named Among Most Effective Lawmakers in the 116th Congress

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, were all identified by the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) among the top ten most effective lawmakers in the 116th Congress. CEL, a non-partisan, joint partnership between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University provides an in-depth look at the effectiveness of individual lawmakers in Congress. In their recently released Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) and rankings for the most effective… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Welcome Phase II CDC Guidance for Cruise Ship Industry

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today released the following statement after being briefed by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on publication of the CDC's Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO). The steps released today are required for the cruise ship industry to safely return to passenger operations as the successful distribution of COVID-19 vaccines brings the pandemic under greater control. The CDC's … Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Efforts to Seek Justice for Missing, Murdered Indigenous People

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement on the Interior Department announcement of a new Missing & Murdered Unit tasked with coordinating interagency collaboration to pursue cases of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. "Too many families have faced unspeakable loss as Native women have gone missing, murdered, or trafficked and let down by the complex law enforcement systems in place. Seeking justice for these women and families should never … Continue Reading


HUD Announces $64 Million In Critical Housing Funding Going To Alaska Native Communities

Senator Murkowski visiting families in Native Village of Savoonga in August 2018 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the allocation of $450 million to assist with COVID related tribal housing needs. Of these available funds, more than $64 million will be going specifically to help Alaska Native communities. Vice Chairman Murkowski provided the following statement on the announcement. "Overcrowded housing and homelessness is an issue impacting far too many commu… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Urges Biden Administration to Issue Clear Guidelines for Cruise Ship Industry Operations to Resume

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, sent a letter with colleagues to Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID Response Coordinator, urging the Biden administration to be more transparent and timely in their efforts to develop guidance for the resumption of operations for the cruise ship industry. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruise ship industry has continued to face a strict "No Sail" order, while many other travel related in… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski Named One of the Most Effective Republican Lawmakers in the 116th Congress

The Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) recently released their Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) and rankings for the most effective lawmakers in Congress. The CEL named U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as the fourth most effective Senate Republican lawmaker in the 116th Congress for her efforts to shepherd critical pieces of legislation across the finish line. Also, Senator Murkowski was listed as the most effective Republican Senator on energy policy. CEL is a non-partisan, joint par… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Schatz Legislation Recognizing Native Women Achievements and Contributions Passes Senate

"Each year during March, the Senate celebrates National Women's History Month. It is especially important to recognize the many achievements that Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women have contributed to the United States and its history. These are just some of the women who have made their communities and this nation a better place and for that, we honor them, whether through their military or public service, their advancements in the fields of business, education, arts, law… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Murkowski: Indian Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Water Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, provided the following remarks during today's oversight hearing on "Building Back Better: Water Infrastructure Needs for Native Communities." "The pandemic has clearly underscored the need for these communities to have better water infrastructure. Simply washing your hands multiple times throughout the day to protect against the spread of COVID should not be a difficult task, but that's unfortunately th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Critical of Biden Administration for Creating Project Uncertainty

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today raised concerns with the Biden administration's recent decision to continue a review process that requires some Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies to funnel decisions through the very top levels of the agency. Interior's principal deputy assistant secretary Laura Daniel-Davis issued a memo directing all agencies that handle energy and land management decisions, including responsible resource extraction, to go through her office for approval. The Bu… Continue Reading


Murray, Murkowski, Jayapal Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) re-introduced the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and expand access to health care services for survivors of sexual assault who face steep challenges in being able to obtain medical care and sexual assault examinations critical to their ability to seek justice. The bill will develop national standards of care for survivors o… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski Meets with Secretary Blinken and NSA Sullivan

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-AK, on Friday met with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan, and the National Security Council's Asia coordinator Kurt Campbell as they traveled back to the U.S. after meetings in Japan and South Korea. (Pictured left to right: Senator Sullivan, Secretary Blinken, NSA Sullivan, Senator Murkowski.) "To be able to sit down not only with Secretary Blinken but also Jake Sullivan and Kurt Campbell… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sinema Continue Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen the Economy by Supporting the Development of Innovative Energy Technologies

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) supporting the development of innovative technologies that boost Alaska's economy while ensuring cleaner air and a healthier environment. "Our bipartisan bill boosts innovative technologies that will grow Arizona's job opportunities, while protecting Arizonans' health by keeping our air clean," said Senator Sinema. "In Ala… Continue Reading

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