Press Releases

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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


12.23.15

Two Years Later, Still No Help for King Cove

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement to mark the two-year anniversary of the Obama administration's heartless rejection of a short, life-saving road for the isolated village of King Cove, Alaska. "I will never understand how the administration made its initial decision, or why it has continued to fail the people of King Cove ever since. Instead of protecting human lives, the administration has only managed to waste scarce resources on a shallow study of … Continue Reading


12.22.15

Murkowski: Investment in Arctic Through Omnibus Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced many provisions within the year-end budget bill to fund the federal government that will lay the groundwork for increased research and investment in the Arctic. Included are provisions to spur construction of a Polar icebreaker, support research both onshore and offshore, and increase safety in Alaska's waters. "The Arctic is a national asset and should be treated as a national priority. As new possibilities and opportunities emerge in the Arctic, it … Continue Reading


12.18.15

Murkowski Hails Path Forward for Point Spencer Development

Today U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) praised the Senate's action to approve the Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act. Murkowski introduced the bicameral legislation with Congressman Don Young (R-AK) in May, to streamline future infrastructure development and potential uses of Point Spencer, Alaska by calling for the conveyance of approximately 2,500 acres of federal lands to local, state, and federal stakeholders. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a co-sponsor of the legislation and a member of the Sen… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Murkowski Champions Alaska Priorities in Year-End Budget Bill

Today the U.S. Senate approved the year-end budget package, known as the omnibus bill, to fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) secured a number of initiatives important to Alaska outside of the jurisdiction of the subcommittee on Interior Appropriations, which she chairs. A summary of Alaska-specific provisions in the omnibus bill appears on the following pages. Click here to view the Alaska pri… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Murkowski Announces Interior Provisions in Year-End Omnibus Bill to Benefit Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced a series of provisions within the year-end omnibus budget package that will approve, support, and fund a broad range of initiatives important to Alaska. Murkowski secured many of the provisions through her role as Chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, which provides Alaska with a strong voice in federal budget negotiations. Today the Senate voted on the bill which passed in a vote of 65-33. (Sena… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Senator Murkowski Releases Statement on Fairbanks Four

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shared her thoughts on the outcome of the 'Fairbanks Four' case: "I am pleased that the State of Alaska agreed to set aside the convictions of the Fairbanks Four based on the new evidence that has been developed and that Judge Lyle has accepted the settlement agreement today. I first took up the cause of the Fairbanks Four in 2013, asking the State of Alaska to take a hard look at whether their convictions were just. I concurrently asked the US Department of … Continue Reading

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