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Murkowski Welcomes Temporary Extension of Timber Contracts

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will allow timber operators to request up to two years' extension on certain timber harvest contracts with the Forest Service. In Alaska, the USDA will allow contractors to request up to three years' extension in light of the impacts of China's retaliatory tariffs on Alaska spruce exports. "The coronavirus pandemic threatens timber jobs and could potentially ba… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Brown, Stabenow, Bipartisan Senators Press USDA to Provide Relief For Local Farmers During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump Administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation works to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, goes… Continue Reading


Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Murkowski, Klobuchar, Casey, Colleagues Urge Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) together, penned two letters outlining supplemental funding proposals to address the rising rates of domestic violence and sexual assault amid the stay-at-home orders put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Senator Murkowski joined Senators Klobuchar and Casey in a letter, supported by a bipartisan group of 38 colleagues, requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes supplemental fundi… Continue Reading


Murkowski: OPEC+ Agreement is a Good Step

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the OPEC+ group, comprised of 23 member nations, collectively agreed to reduce their global oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day. The cuts will be made to limit global oversupply in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm glad the Saudis and Russians are taking a step back from their economic warfare against U.S. producers, and I thank President Trump and Secretary Brouillette for their leadership in r… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes Nearly $16 Million in Health and Human Services CARES Act Grants

Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation welcomed nearly $16 million appropriated by the CARES Act and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help community health centers prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific grant amounts and awardees may be found below. "Our state continues working around the clock to turn the tide in the fight against COVID-19. The CARES Act continues to provide critical resources to help Alaska prevent and respond to this pa… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Barrasso: States Need Flexibility in Using Coronavirus Relief Fund

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso (R-WY) recently led a letter with 16 senators to the Trump administration urging flexibility for how state and local governments can use funds included in the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, created in Section 601 of the recently passed CARES Act, provides each state a minimum of $1.25 billion in funding to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This injection of revenue is critical for state and local governmen… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes EIA’s Prioritization of Storage Data

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA) for quickly prioritizing her request to publish timely data on U.S. oil storage capacity. In response to Murkowski's March 31 letter to Administrator Linda Capuano, EIA today began publishing a weekly estimate of U.S. oil storage capacity utilization as part of its Weekly Petroleum Status Report release. "The timely collection and analysis of data related to petrole… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Bipartisan, Bicameral Push for Swift, Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions of the CARES Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), supported by a bipartisan, bicameral group of 18 senators and 12 U.S. representatives, in writing to President Donald J. Trump requesting that federal agencies implementing the Tribal provisions of the CARES Act do so in a manner that upholds the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Tribes, respects Tribal sovereignty and provides for meaningful government-to-governme… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Applauds Federal Transit Administration CARES Act Grant

Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded funding appropriated by the CARES Act and awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help Alaska prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 through various existing urban, rural, and tribal grant programs. The state of Alaska will receive a total of $144,852,468. "Alaskans have watched as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased in our state, and it is clear that an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes federal … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Put Out Wildland Fires Fast and Early

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt encouraging them to adopt an aggressive posture for fighting wildfires during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Currently, the federal government along with state and local governments across the country are mobilized to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. And now those same government entities, already stretched thin, are preparing to fight wildland fire in a… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Statement on RavnAir

Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation released the following statement after Alaska based regional airline RavnAir Group announced a 90 percent reduction in flying operations. "The recent announcement made by RavnAir Group is very concerning news for Alaskans-especially for our remote communities. We have worked hard to support federal programs like bypass mail and Essential Air Service, and we will continue to work to make sure that mail, as well as vital goods and services can continue t… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Mnuchin: Federal Loans to Energy Industry Will Save Jobs, Protect Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday requested U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ensure that federal loans are made available to domestic oil and gas companies being affected by both reduced global demand and oversupply from the Saudi Arabia-Russia price war. A provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Treasury Department to support businesses not traditionally eligible for federal loans. "There is no question that one of the hardest… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Alaska Communities to Receive $8.8 Million through Secure Rural Schools Program

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that $8.8 million will be distributed to Alaska communities located near or in national forests. The money, which Murkowski secured in the fiscal year 2020 budget process, will fund schools and local budget priorities. "As we navigate the uncharted territory wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, these payments will provide a measure of certainty for communities as they budget for schools, emergency response, and other essential services," Murko… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Murkowski Calls for Resources to Address Domestic Violence during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, many people are now working from home, while others have been required to take unpaid leave or have lost their job completely. One unintended but realistic consequence of these measures will be increased stress at home, which can put many at greater risk of falling victim to domestic violence. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a group of their bipartisan colleagues in a letter calling on the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Of… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges EIA Vigilance on Oil Storage Capacity as “Gauge” for Shut-In Production

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent a letter urging the Department of Energy to publish timely data on oil storage capacity in the United States as a warning indicator of potential shut-in oil production. The letter is addressed to Dr. Linda Capuano, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. "Based on my conversations with energy experts, I believe that we must prioritize the collection and analysis of data related to petroleum storage," Murkowski wrote. "Producer… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan: Ambler Access Project Could Help Close the Gap on America’s Mineral Security

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project. "I welcome BLM's final EIS as a key step for an important project that will create good jobs for Alaskans, but continue to emphasize the importance of stakeholder engagement to ensure local voices are heard," Murkowski said. "Projects like t… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Applauds HHS Grants to Prevent and Combat COVID-19

Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to health care providers across Alaska. This funding became available through legislation passed earlier this month, providing $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the spread of COVID-19. "The COVID-19 epidemic represents uncharted territory for our country. Our doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are on the front lines, and they should be provided the support … Continue Reading


Major Economic Relief Package Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate tonight passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bill to provide major relief to families, small businesses and their employees, as well as to stabilize our economy and protect jobs. The bill also provides a surge of support for bolstering the healthcare response during this COVID-19 pandemic. As the third legislative package included in the broader Congressional emergency response effort, this bill will provide Americans with direct financial assi… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Colleagues to Secretary Pompeo: Push Back on Saudi Arabia and Russia to Protect American Jobs

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today led an effort joined by five Senators urging U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take an aggressive stance against the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Russia to destabilize America's oil and gas industry - a key part of the domestic economy - amid a global pandemic. In a letter sent today, the Senators wrote that the "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have embarked upon economic warfare against the United States" and warned that "by … Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks On COVID-19 Pandemic

As the U.S. Senate works to come to an agreement on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns of Alaskans across the state. Senator Murkowski stressed the urgency for Congress to put politics aside and deliver relief the American people need and deserve. "Failure is not an option. This is not a time for the bumps to derail us. This is not a time that we h… Continue Reading

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