Press Releases

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01.29.16

Murkowski Praises Import Ban of “Frankenfish”

Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an import alert on genetically engineered (GE) salmon, meaning the FDA will not allow the introduction or delivery of any food that contains GE salmon into interstate commerce. This comes as a direct result of Senator Murkowski's successful efforts to secure a provision in the omnibus bill passed last month that blocks the FDA from introducing GE salmon into the market until it publishes labeling guidelines. "This is a huge step in our figh… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Sen. Murkowski Leads Senate Consideration of Broad, Bipartisan Energy Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commenced debate on the Senate floor of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. During her remarks, Murkowski highlighted the benefits of this broad, bipartisan energy bill and the bipartisan process surrounding the bill. Click picture to view video Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery. "Mr. President, I have come to the Floor to begin the Sena… Continue Reading


01.26.16

Sen. Murkowski to Hold Field Hearing in Bethel on Alaska’s Leadership, Opportunities in Energy Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will host a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing on Monday, February 15, 2016 in Bethel, Alaska. The hearing will examine opportunities for energy innovation and technology deployment in high-cost areas in Alaska and around the country. Murkowski will use this hearing to highlight the innovative work being done in remote communities in Alaska - and to examine challenges that remain to ensure that rural Alaskans have access to affordable … Continue Reading


01.25.16

Murkowski Praises News Fairbanks Will Host Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, celebrated today's news that Fairbanks will be the host of the 2017 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, saying: "I am thrilled that Admiral Papp has announced Fairbanks as the host city for this prestigious event, where leaders from across the globe will come together to discuss Arctic issues. I have long advocated that Alaska not only host the Arctic Ministerial Meeting, but that it be held as close to the U.S. Arctic region as possible," said Murkowski. … Continue Reading


01.22.16

Murkowski Comments on Interior’s Proposed Methane Gas Venting Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement on the Department of the Interior's proposed rule on methane and gas flaring from energy production on public and American Indian lands. "The flaring and venting of natural gas is a serious challenge that requires serious solutions, and we can start by reforming the permitting process for natural gas pipelines and gathering lines that are critical to moving this important resource to market. In my home state of Alaska, o… Continue Reading


01.22.16

Murkowski Proudly Announces 2016 Military Academy Nominations

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proudly announced the names of 47 young Alaskans whom she is nominating to the U.S. Military Service Academies for the class of 2020. "This year's selection of candidates embody the traits and characteristics we see in our men and women in uniform. They have demonstrated leadership and a willingness to protect our freedoms," said Murkowski. "It is always an honor for me to nominate such talented Alaskans to serve our country. Young men and women such as… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Murkowski Announces Several Promotions Within D.C. Office

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced several promotions within her Washington, D.C. office at the beginning of the second session of the 114th Congress. These movements in her personal office include Michael Pawlowski, Nathan Bergerbest, Garrett Boyle, and Karina Petersen. "Michael, Nathan, Garrett, and Karina bring both experience and Alaskan perspectives to the office, and I'm excited to promote these dedicated individuals to join my leadership team," said Murkowski. "All of them have… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Bill to Support Hospitals in Smaller Communities Passes Senate

Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski today thanked their colleagues for passing S. 607, a bill they cosponsored that was introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), which extends the Medicare Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Demonstration Program. "This Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program provides vital care for many Alaskans in more remote communities where the next closest hospital may be 100 or more miles away," said Senator Murkowski. "This program has helped hospitals in spar… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Murkowski Secures Official Name Change of Alaska Pollock

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its list of acceptable market names for seafood as a direct result of Senator Murkowski's successful efforts to include a provision in the year-end budget bill to allow only pollock caught in Alaskan waters to be marketed as "Alaska Pollock". This change is effective immediately. "I have long fought to resolve this issue, and I am thrilled that this change has been made to protect both our fisheries and consumers," said Murkowski. "Alaska is t… Continue Reading


01.18.16

Murkowski Reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a holiday of inspiration. As we are all "Reconnecting with the Dream," let us remember the good that Dr. Martin Luther King Junior brought to our nation through his vision of service, community empowerment, and tireless advocacy for equality. "This is a day where we come together to recognize and celebrate the diverse communities across our towns, our cities, and our nation. We… Continue Reading


01.17.16

Murkowski Comments on Release of Americans Wrongfully Imprisoned in Iran and Lifting of International Sanctions

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) issued the following statement on the release of five American prisoners being held in Iran and the lifting of sanctions as part of the Iran nuclear deal: "Alaskans awoke Sunday to the good news that five Americans who had been held by Iran have been freed. Those released includes journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, Pastor Saeed Abedini, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and student Matthew Trevithick. I thank all Alaskans who prayed with m… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Murkowski: Admin.’s Coal Plan is Manifestation of a Misguided ‘Keep-it-in-the-Ground’ Policy

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Department of the Interior announced an immediate halt to new coal leasing on federal lands: "If there were any lingering questions about whether the Obama administration is intent on decimating America's coal industry, this should answer them. An indefinite moratorium on domestic coal leasing is neither necessary at this time nor the best way to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return on resource produc… Continue Reading


01.13.16

Murkowski Reacts to President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

Tonight U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, responded to President Obama's final State of the Union address, saying: "The President claims to have unleashed our energy sector. To the contrary he's placed a stranglehold on American resource production while unleashing the Iranian energy sector. Our President should be focused on increasing the domestic energy production that has created the jobs, greenhouse gas reductions, and low gasoline prices he trumpeted. In Alaska, we have seen the fed… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, on the Senate floor if her concerns are not resolved. Murkowski made clear that she intends to block Dr. Califf's confirmation until she receives assurance from the FDA that it will require mandatory labeling o… Continue Reading


01.09.16

Murkowski Condemns FWS Overreach on Alaska Refuge Management

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today condemned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for proposing a new rule that would preempt the state of Alaska's long-standing jurisdiction over predator control in national wildlife refuges. The USFWS rule and a draft environmental assessment appeared in today's edition of the Federal Register. "The agency claims this is an effort to bring clarity to a controversial issue, but in reality, it is a takeover of Alaska's fish and wildlife management… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Murkowski Reacts to Obama’s Veto of Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill

Today U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) responded to President Obama's veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would have repealed much of the Affordable Care Act, saying: "President Obama's veto is disappointing of course, but not surprising. The President is once again ignoring the will of the people. The Affordable Care Act does not work for Alaska, and we continue to see that with the never-ending rise in healthcare costs. The question still stan… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Murkowski Responds to Reports of North Korea Bomb Testing

Today U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) responded to recent reports of North Korea conducting a hydrogen bomb test, saying: "North Korea just celebrated what it called a successful hydrogen bomb test. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said initial data from various monitoring sources was 'not consistent with North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test.' Regardless of whether North Korea's statement is true, this is a significant event. "Alaska is keenly aware of our proximity to North … Continue Reading


01.05.16

Murkowski Reacts to President Obama’s Gun Control Measures

Today U.S. Senator Murkowski responded to President Obama's announcement on his proposed gun control actions, saying: "Our Second Amendment rights are non-negotiable. Many Alaskans depend on the Second Amendment to safeguard their way of life, whether it's for personal protection, subsistence, or sports and recreation. I have worked hard to ensure that these rights are not infringed upon and I will continue to do so. "The President is no friend of practical bipartisan solutions to the gun vi… Continue Reading


01.05.16

Murkowski Welcomes Decision Not to List Alexander Archipelago Wolf as Threatened

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf as either threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). "Alaska has the largest population of gray wolves in America. There is agreement that the gray wolf population in Southeast Alaska is healthy and stable in most places and growing in others," Murkowski said. "At a time when timber harvesting on Prince of… Continue Reading


12.24.15

Murkowski Wishes Alaskans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts with Alaskans this holiday season: "The end of the year is often regarded as a time of celebration, a time of hope, and a time of reflection. And as we gather with our family and friends this year, I encourage you to cherish those you love, and give thanks for that which we hold most dear. Let's also make time to think about the achievements and progress in the past year, and resolve to build upon them. As Alaskans we are blessed with incre… Continue Reading

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