Press Releases

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08.24.23

Alaska to receive $100 million in additional funding for rural broadband projects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski(R-Alaska) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $100 million to improve high-speed internet access in communities across Alaska. These awards are possible thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—and specifically through the latest round of the USDA’s ReConnect Program, which aims to ensure high-speed internet to every community in the United States. To date, USDA’s ReConnect Program has awarded $379.35 mi… Continue Reading


08.16.23

Critical Infrastructure Grants Awarded to Alaska Will Help Salmon Habitats

The Alaska Congressional Delegation hailed the funding for culverts in communities across Alaska that will offer meaningful restoration for critical salmon habitats. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program through the Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) Program, over $44 million will be distributed to nine Alaska communities looking to strengthen fish habitats. “Our work on the bipartisan infras… Continue Reading


08.09.23

Alaska’s Delegation, Governor, North Slope Leaders Criticize District Court for Upholding Biden Administration’s ANWR “Pause” in Violation of 2017 Law

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-Alaska), and leaders from Alaska’s North Slope today criticized a U.S. District Court ruling dismissing the State of Alaska’s and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s (AIDEA) legal challenge to the Biden administration’s suspension of lawfully-issued leases for oil and gas exploration in the non-wilderness C… Continue Reading


08.05.23

Murkowski, Sullivan Statements on Chinese and Russian Vessels in U.S. Waters off Coast of Aleutians

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) released the following statements regarding the 11 foreign military vessels from China and Russia operating near the Aleutian Islands. “We have been in close contact with leadership from Alaska Command for several days now and received detailed classified briefings about the foreign vessels that are transiting U.S. waters in the Aleutians,” said Senator Murkowski.  “This is a stark reminder of Alaska’s pr… Continue Reading


08.02.23

Murkowski, Casey Introduce Legislation to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Bob Casey (D-PA) recently introduced legislation to enhance and expand support, protection, and prevention for Americans affected by family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act would strengthen services for the more than 1.3 million survivors of domestic violence nationwide and update the National Domestic Violence Hotline to better serve underserved populations, such as peo… Continue Reading


07.31.23

Murkowski, Schatz: Amendment to Advance Native American Housing Programs Adopted By Senate

U.S. Senators U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on Senate passage of their amendment to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA). A standalone NAHASDA reauthorization bill led by the senators had previously cleared the Committee unanimously. "I'm pleased the Senate has overwhelmingly agreed to add … Continue Reading


07.31.23

Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Sunset the Municipal Lands Reconveyance Requirement for Village Corporations under ANCSA

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, introduced legislation to sunset the requirement for village corporations to reconvey lands for municipal uses under Section 14 (c) (3) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA did not set a specific timeframe for the reconveyances of lands under 14(c) to municipalities or the State in trust for future municipalities. Until 14 (c) is addressed, the State of Alaska and the land status of many village corporations are … Continue Reading


07.28.23

Senate Committee Approves All 12 FY24 Appropriations Bills

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured investments for Alaska in the Defense; Homeland Security; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), which were approved by the committee and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. Following the full committee markup, which also included the Interior appropriations bill, all 12 approp… Continue Reading


07.28.23

Murkowski: NDAA Will Protect National Security, Benefit Alaska

Washington, DC –U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted to pass S. 2226, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, which authorizes funding for military and national defense priorities. This bill will bolster America’s security, backs servicemembers and their families by increasing military pay by 5.2% and by building up the support systems around them, and gives our military the equipment and infrastructure they need to defend our nation, both a… Continue Reading


07.28.23

Murkowski: NDAA Will Protect National Security, Benefit Alaska

Washington, DC –U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted to pass S. 2226, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, which authorizes funding for military and national defense priorities. This bill will bolster America’s security, backs servicemembers and their families by increasing military pay by 5.2% and by building up the support systems around them, and gives our military the equipment and infrastructure they need to defend our nation, both a… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Murkowski Directs Significant Water, Wastewater Investments for Alaska Through Interior Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) delivered another round of big wins for Alaska in the FY24 Interior-Environment Appropriations Act. Murkowski, who serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, directed significant investments to water and wastewater systems for communities throughout Alaska while also supporting funding to research the salmon decline crisis in the state. Following the full committee markup, all 12 appropriations bills are now on their way to the Senate floor for full co… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Booker, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Pregnant Veterans Access to Doula Services

U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Delivering Optimally Urgent Labor Access for Veterans Affairs Act of 2023 (DOULA Act), legislation that would establish a pilot program to provide doula services to support veterans experiencing pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. maternal mortality rate increased significantly from 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018 to 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2019. Stud… Continue Reading


07.24.23

Murkowski Announces New Staff Members

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced new staff members to her Washington D.C. and Fairbanks offices.“I’m very excited about the new additions and to our office people who bring with them a diverse background of experience, dedication, and passion for public service,” said Senator Murkowski. “I’m confident that they’ll be in positions to help this team succeed in our mission of delivering results and driving positive change f… Continue Reading


07.21.23

Senate Committee Approves Three More FY24 Appropriations Bills

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured investments for Alaska in the Energy and Water; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD); and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations Act of 2024, which were approved by the committee will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. Within these three bills, Murkowski secured wins for Alaska's energy, water, and Arctic-rel… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Schatz, Murkowski Lead Committee Passage Of Eight Bills, Legislative Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, led Committee passage of the following bills at a business meeting: S. 195, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Land Claim Settlement Act of 2023; S. 382, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Land into Trust Confirmation Act of 2023; S. 910, a bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act, and for other purpose… Continue Reading


07.19.23

Schatz, Murkowski: Tribal Land Transfer Bill Set to Become Law

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on Senate passage of - H.R. 423, the Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2023; S. 70, the Tribal Trust Land Homeownership Act of 2023; S. 460, the Urban Indian Health Confer Act; and S. 1308, a bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to extend th… Continue Reading


07.18.23

Murkowski Introduces “Improving ARCTIC Act” to Secure Wins for Alaska in Farm Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the Improving Agriculture, Research, Cultivation, Timber, and Indigenous Commodities (ARCTIC) Act, legislation that will strengthen a variety of Farm Bill provisions to better address needs in Alaska. "Over the past year, in preparation for the 2023 Farm Bill, my team and I have been working diligently with Alaskan stakeholders to learn more about their concerns, priorities, and goals. Following our hard work and Alaskans' generous input… Continue Reading


07.17.23

Alaska Delegation Hails $37.5 Million Grant for Graphite One

Washington, DC-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Representative Mary Peltola today welcomed a $37.5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to Graphite One, Inc. for its project near Nome, Alaska. The award, made under the Defense Production Act (DPA) as a result of recent congressional appropriations, will enable Graphite One to advance development of its world-class natural graphite deposit and its plans for a complete U.S.-based supply chain for this critical minera… Continue Reading


07.14.23

Murkowski and Schatz Lead Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Iceland

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) landed early this morning in Iceland for a congressional delegation mission. In upcoming meetings with Icelandic policy makers, the delegation plans to emphasize the importance of maintaining and strengthening U.S.-Iceland ties and the NATO Alliance. The delegation will also address global issues of mutual interest and concern, including energy security, Arctic priorities, and mo… Continue Reading


07.14.23

Murkowski Leads Legislation to Strengthen Alaska’s Workforce

Washington, DC –U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that an initiative she authored, the Rural Apprenticeship Demonstration Program, was included as a provision within the National Apprenticeship Act, legislation she is co-leading with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The Rural Apprenticeship Demonstration Program would authorize funding to be competitively awarded for direct subsidies to promote rural participation in apprenticeship programs, as well as provide greater a… Continue Reading

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