Press Releases

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10.09.15

Another Fix to the Affordable Care Act Signed into Law

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski released the following statement on the President signing the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act into law. Senator Murkowski is a co-sponsor of the bill, which halts a change of what is considered "small employer" within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Currently, a "small employer" is defined having less than 50 employees. However, a provision in the law was set to redefine a small employer as having up to 100 employees, beginning on Januar… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senate Energy Panel Considers Legislation Promoting Alaska Native Land Ownership

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today heard testimony on legislation designed to rectify an injustice done to the Alaska Native residents of five Southeast communities 44 years ago. (Click image to watch video.) Thursday's hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining considered a number of public lands bills, including Murkowski's Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act, S. 872. The bill would p… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senate Energy Committee Considers Two Bills Promoting Hydropower in Alaska

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on legislation to expand the generation of affordable energy from renewable hydropower in Alaska. "Hydropower is a major part of meeting our energy needs in an affordable, reliable and clean way. That is true nationally and it is certainly true in Alaska," said Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Hydropower supplies 24 percent of Alaska's electricity n… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Murkowski Supports Final Passage of Defense Authorization Measure: A Victory for Servicemembers and Military Families

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski cast her vote in support of the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), protecting our homeland and supporting our troops and their families. The bill passed in a vote of 70-27, however, President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. "This defense bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers every year. And if the President signs it into law, this will be the 54th consecutive year that Congress and the a… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Murkowski and Cantwell Introduce Volcano Monitoring Bill

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize and improve the nation's volcano monitoring and early warning capabilities. The National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring Program Act (S. 2056) establishes a National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System, which includes the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) and the Cascadia Volcano Observatory, to monitor, warn, and protect citizens from undue and avoidable harm from volcanic … Continue Reading


10.02.15

Murkowski Bill Fixes Definition of “Indian” in Affordable Care Act

Senator Murkowski recently introduced legislation to clarify the meaning of "Indian" within the Affordable Care Act-ensuring that Alaska Natives aren't denied Indian-specific exemptions and protections under the law. The current definition of "Indian" within the ACA applies to only "members of federally-recognized tribes" or shareholders of an Alaska Native corporation-potentially excluding up to 20,000 Alaska Natives. Many young Alaska Natives are not shareholders in Alaska Native Claims Settle… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Murkowski Blasts Democrats for Blocking Debate of VA Funding Bill

Today Senator Murkowski implored her Senate colleagues to allow debate on the appropriations bill that funds veterans' health services and benefits, military housing and family support, and hospital and military construction. Ultimately, Senate Democrats blocked efforts to advance this bill, which failed to receive the 60 votes needed to proceed. Prior to the vote, Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor about the amendments she had hoped to attach to the bill, relating to the failures of the VA he… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Senate Clears Hurdle to Avoid Government Shutdown

Today Senator Murkowski shared her thoughts after voting for the continuing resolution (H.R. 719) that passed the Senate, 78-20: "Today I'm pleased that my Senate colleagues and I have passed a 10-week continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11. "I was troubled that a government shutdown was even being considered as an option, causing great economic hardship and further eroding the diminishing trust Alaskans and the American people have in Washington. It so important that… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Senators Cantwell and Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Protect Pacific Northwest Seafood

Today, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced bipartisan legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to change the market name of "Alaska pollock" to "pollock". The change aims to better distinguish the pollock harvested in Alaskan waters from Russian pollock passing itself off as "Alaskan pollock" in stores nationwide. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). In 2012, 113 million pounds of Ru… Continue Reading


09.28.15

Murkowski Comments on Shell’s Arctic Drilling Program

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement regarding Shell's decision to suspend operations in Alaska's offshore waters: "I am extremely disappointed by this decision, just as I have been deeply frustrated by the years-long path that led to it. "In the more than seven years that Shell has held leases in the Chukchi, it has only recently been allowed to complete a single well. What we have here is a case in which a company's commercial efforts could not overcome a burdensom… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Murkowski Reflects on Pope Francis’ Historic Visit

Today Senator Murkowski joined her Senate and House colleagues to listen to Pope Francis' historic address to the United States Congress. Senator Murkowski was among a select group of lawmakers who accompanied Pope Francis into the House Chamber prior to his speech. Murkowski shared her reflections on the Pope's message: "Pope Francis encouraged us to participate in dialogue, and I think that was an important message to leave with us. And something that I felt very strongly was his call for us … Continue Reading


09.22.15

Alaska Delegation Fights for Arctic Subsistence Rights

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young recently sent a letter (attached) to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe expressing serious concern over the agency's upcoming subsistence harvest quota limits. On January 1, 2016, FWS is planning to implement a quota on the subsistence harvest of polar bears from the Chukchi Sea population and intends to enforce this quota through criminal sanctions. "For thousands of years, Alaska Native subsistence hu… Continue Reading


09.21.15

Alaska Delegation Seeks Answers for Alaskans Affected by Knik Post Office Closure

Responding to the sudden, indefinite site closure of the Knik Contract Post Office located in Wasilla, AK, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young have requested clarification and answers from the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General David Williams (see attached letter). "It has come to our attention that the United States Postal Service (USPS) Knik Contract Postal Unit (CPU) #2, located in Wasilla, Alaska was abruptly closed without prior public notice on Frid… Continue Reading


09.18.15

Murkowski Combats Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski recently introduced S. 2060, the Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act, a bill to provide support for individuals and their families afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This bill would reauthorize and extend the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention and services program, which provides support programs for adolescents with FASD like vocational training and mental health services, and raises public awareness and education. Senator Murko… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Murkowski Praises Settlement of Contract Support Cost Case

Senator Lisa Murkowski released the following statement after the Obama administration reached a $940 million proposed settlement with Native American tribes, Alaska Natives, and tribal entities nationwide over the Department of the Interior's failure to cover the expenses incurred by tribally-run federal programs: "For over 30 years, the federal government continuously shortchanged tribes who provide federal Indian programs and critical health services throughout the nation, including in rural… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Alaska Senators Co-Sponsor Legislation to Repeal “Cadillac Tax”

Today, Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski joined Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in introducing S. 2045, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation will fully repeal tax provisions on high-cost insurance plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the "Cadillac Tax". Beginning in 2018, the "Cadillac Tax" would tax employers whose health insurance plans cost more than $10,200 a year for individuals and $27,450 a y… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Alaska Land Conveyance Legislation Heads to President’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed S. 230, legislation introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski to transfer 23 acres of federal lands in Bethel, AK to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) for the expansion and renovation of existing health programs and facilities. Senator Murkowski and Alaska Congressman Don Young, who sponsored and passed companion legislation out of committee in the House, both applauded the passage of the bill which they say will pave the way for… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Murkowski Statement on Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America: "Like many Alaskans, I remember exactly where I was fourteen years ago on this day. I was in Anchorage, and at 5:30 in the morning, I woke up to a phone call from my mother, who told me: 'Turn on the TV, our country is under attack.' It gives me goosebumps to remember. My parents were in Washington, D.C. and my father was at the U.S. Capitol. I sat in our TV room in my paja… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Murkowski Speaks on Senate Floor Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Today Senator Murkowski voted to move forwards on a resolution to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congress has the opportunity to prevent implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Today Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the Iran nuclear deal, but the Senate will reconsider the resolution again next week. After the vote, Senator Murkowski took to the Senate floor to explain her opposition to the deal: "Thi… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Murkowski Supports Legislation to Restore Voting Rights Act

Senator Murkowski today announced that she is co-sponsoring S. 1659, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, as the lead Republican on the bill. The legislation improves certain provisions of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013. Senator Murkowski explained her support for this legislation, saying: "The Voting Rights Act of 1965 brought an end to the ugly Jim Crow period in American history. It is fundam… Continue Reading

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