Press Releases

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03.15.16

Murkowski: Obama’s Reversal on Atlantic OCS is Ominous Warning to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program. "The administration's decision to maintain a limited number of lease sales in the Alaskan offshore and recognition of the importance of consultation with Alaskans is welcome news. However, the administration's decision to cancel a sale in the Atlantic offshore - the second time it has made such a reversal… Continue Reading


03.14.16

Murkowski Votes Against Education Secretary Nominee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voted against confirming Dr. John B. King to be the Secretary of Education. The Senate confirmed King in a vote of 49-40. "I respect that Dr. King has overcome many challenges in his life, which has led him to share my belief in the vital importance of education for all children. His leadership as Commissioner of Education for New York, however, was so marked by controversy … Continue Reading


03.11.16

Murkowski Doubles Down on VA Over Choice Card Failure in Alaska

This week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) continued to press the leadership of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) over issues with the current VA healthcare system in Alaska. Following up on her discussion last week with Dr. David Shulkin, Undersecretary of Health for the VA, over the failings of the Choice Card Program in Alaska, Senator Murkowski questioned Robert McDonald, the Secretary of the VA, on the lessons learned from his August 2015 visit to the state, whether or not he unde… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Murkowski Reacts to Joint U.S. - Canada Arctic Announcements

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement in the wake of the joint announcements made by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "I join my fellow Americans in welcoming Canada's new prime minister to our nation's capital. At the same time, as an Alaskan, the announcements made today fall far short of the holistic vision needed for the Arctic and its people. "My long-standing criticism of the Obama Administration is that it sees th… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Murkowski Votes to Fight Devastating Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill she co-sponsored, that supports community-based drug treatment programs and provides critical resources for those battling opioid addiction. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is a co-sponsor of the legislation. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 94-1. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor about the need for drug abuse treatment and prevention progra… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Murkowski Questions IHS Officials on Health Initiatives for Alaska Natives

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY17 budget for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Senator Murkowski took this opportunity to question IHS officials on critical health issues facing Alaska Natives, including how the agency plans to address the current maintenance backlog for rural health care facilities and initiatives in the budget to combat substance abuse, suicide, and domestic violence. (Click image to watch video of S… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Sen. Murkowski: Priorities in Forest Service Budget are Troubling

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Chief Tom Tidwell of the U.S. Forest Service (Service) on the priorities in the agency's $4.9 billion FY 2017 budget request. At Tuesday's hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski emphasized that the Service continues to stand in the way of a sustainable timber industry in Southeast Alaska. Murkowski also committed to working on a long-term solution for active forest management that would end the practice of fire… Continue Reading


03.04.16

Murkowski Co-Sponsors Legislation To Combat Eating Disorders

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) co-sponsored S. 1865, the Anna Westin Act, legislation focused on treating and preventing eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. This bipartisan bill creates training programs for healthcare professionals, school personnel, and the general public to promote the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. "Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder get any help and that needs to change. Early detection, and getting these individuals th… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Murkowski Introduces Updated Legislation to Require Labeling of GE Salmon

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) continued her fight against "Frankenfish" by introducing legislation to mandate labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, co-sponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), changes the acceptable market name for any salmon that is genetically engineered to include the words "genetically engineered" or "GE." The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Murkowski to VA: Fix Veterans’ Healthcare in Alaska

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) blasted the current leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for dismantling a healthcare system in Alaska that worked to deliver care to veterans no matter where in the state they may live. During a Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Senator Murkowski addressed Dr. David J. Shulkin, Undersecretary of Health for the VA, laying out the many issues Alaska's veterans now face that they didn't struggle with before the Choice Ac… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Murkowski Stresses Need for Deep Water Port in the Arctic

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pressed Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, on the need for a deep water port in the Arctic region. During an Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee hearing focusing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget request, Murkowski challenged officials for not funding the proposed port project in Nome, Alaska. Murkowski asked, "When the President was up in Alaska in September, he announced the need for a deep wa… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Murkowski Presses Secretary Jewell on Proposed Hunting and Fishing Regulations

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questioned Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on proposed regulations by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to govern hunting, trapping, and land access in Alaska's national wildlife refuges. Murkowski called the proposed rule unsettling to the people of Alaska as it contains provisions to close areas that are currently open to hunting and fishing. Senator Murkowski raised the issue with Secretary Jewell, asking: "Of course these … Continue Reading


03.02.16

Murkowski: Innovative Technologies Transforming Rural Communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed an up to $1.54 million grant that the Department of Energy awarded to promote the development of a marine hydrokinetic project in Igiugig, Alaska. The development of the technology associated with the project could ultimately help lower energy costs in rural communities across the state. "This is great news for Igiugig. The Igiugig project is so important since the marine power device being developed there could be utilized in dozens of river village… Continue Reading


03.01.16

AK Delegation Concerned Over Omission of Alaskans at Earthquake Resilience Summit

Today the Alaska Congressional Delegation spoke out about the Administration's omission of Alaskan stakeholders at a recent national discussion on earthquake resiliency, sending a letter (attached) to the Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that reads: "We write to you in regards to the interest of the Administration in improving the safety and resiliency of some of the Nation's communities in earthquake-prone regions. We welcome the Administration's proactive stance, but are concerne… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Murkowski Responds to Designation of Polar Bear Habitat

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Alaska Oil and Gas Association v. Jewell. Today's decision reverses a 2013 decision by the U.S. District Court for Alaska which set aside the Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of 187,000-square miles of Alaska's North Slope as critical habitat for polar bears as unlawful: "I am enraged by today's Ninth Circuit decision allowing the Fish and Wildlife Service to desi… Continue Reading


02.26.16

AK Delegation: F-35 Decision Will Trigger Economic Boom for Interior Alaska

The Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded the Air Force's publication of the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) regarding the beddown of two squadrons of F-35s to be based at Eielson Air Force Base. Publication of the EIS is a necessary step toward a final Air Force decision on where to base the first F-35As in the Pacific Theatre. The study assesses whether the Air Force can locate the F-35 squadrons at Eielson, and a final "Record of Decision" will be announced in approximately 30 days… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murkowski Presses for Increased Coast Guard Assets in the Arctic

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in an Appropriations Committee hearing on his department's commitment to increase Coast Guard assets in the Arctic, given the rise in activity throughout the region. Due to the Coast Guard's need for expanded presence in the Arctic, Murkowski also tasked Secretary Johnson to look critically at the benefits of homeporting a National Security Cutter in Alaska. (Senator Murkowski questions Secreta… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murkowski Applauds Efforts to Ensure Rural Alaskans Have Voice in Proposed Federal Wildlife Management Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced that it would extend the comment period on a proposed rule on hunting, trapping, and land access in Alaska's national wildlife refuges by an additional 30 days. The Service's announcement comes after the entire Alaska congressional delegation sent a letter to the Service calling on the agency to extend the comment period. "This extension is welcome news and will h… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Army Chief to Murkowski on JBER Cuts: “It Would be Contrary to Strategic National Security Interest”

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) received assurances from the Army that the 4-25 Army Brigade at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson remains strategically vital to our nation's security and should not be cut at this time. General Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, traveled to Alaska earlier in February for the specific purpose of observing the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 25th Infantry Division. Today in a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Senator Murkowski… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Murkowski: Interior’s Budget Troubling for Alaska, Nation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today pressed Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on her department's $13.4 billion budget request, noting that it would further restrict resource production in federal areas and ignore budget realities by increasing mandatory spending. Click picture to view video "I am very troubled by the approach that Interior is trying to take for Alaska and the rest of our nation," Murkowski said. "The Administration claims that this budget '…invests in Alas… Continue Reading

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