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What They're Saying in Support of the Natural Resources Management Act

S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, is a bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources, and water bills that was reintroduced in January 2019 by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and former committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Numerous groups, including local and tribal governments, as well as national, regional, and local associations that represent travel, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor recreation in… Continue Reading


ENR Committee Ratifies Subcommittee Rosters for 116th Congress

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held an organizational business meeting to approve its funding resolution and adopt rule changes. The committee also ratified the membership of its four subcommittees, which are as follows: ENERGY Bill Cassidy, Chairman James E. Risch Martin Heinrich, Ranking Mike Lee Ron Wyden Steve Daines … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Energy and Mineral Security are the Building Blocks of a Robust Economy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee's first hearing of the 116th Congress, to examine the outlook for energy and minerals markets. The hearing featured witnesses from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ClearView Energy Partners, the R Street Institute, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. After welcoming new Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and two new committee members, Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith, … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of David Bernhardt to be Interior Secretary

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he would nominate David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). "I strongly support David Bernhardt to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior. He already has helped the Department accomplish a great deal for Alaska and the nation, both as deputy secretary and as acting secretary, and he is more than capable of leading on a permanent basis. I will schedu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Continues Work to Support Native Languages

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and other colleagues to re-introduce the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act. A long-time supporter of Native language revitalization efforts, Senator Murkowski praised the bill, which will maintain two programs that fund revitalization, expand them to smaller-size tribal language programs, and lengthen the grant periods. "We understand our past, ourselves, and our relationships with… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Announces 2019 U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proudly announced the 42 Alaskans she nominated to the U.S. Service Academies. U.S. Service Academy applicants are considered based on their academic record, community involvement, physical fitness, and leadership capabilities. "Every year, some of Alaska's best and brightest young adults apply for the chance to attend these prestigious academies. I am honored to nominate each of these individuals as I am confident they will represent Alaska well," said Senat… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds Presidential Declaration for Earthquake Recovery

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today thanked President Donald Trump for approving a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Alaska's 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on November 30, 2018, causing widespread damage to infrastructure such as major highways, roads, and bridges, as well as schools, homes, and businesses. This declaration provides federal financial assistance for the State of Alaska to address the earthquake damage, as w… Continue Reading


Murkowski and Colleagues Urge Federal Officials to Deliver Secure Rural Schools Payments ASAP

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. Murkowski was joined by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, James Risch, R-Idaho, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt, the senators said rural residents in their states ar… Continue Reading


Udall, Smith, Murkowski Introduce Major Bipartisan Legislation to Address Violence Against Native Women, Children and Tribal Law Enforcement

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced two major, bipartisan bills to address violence against Native women, children, and Tribal law enforcement: the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) and the Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act (Justice for Native Survivors). Both bills build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reintroduces GE Salmon Labeling Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reintroduced the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, continuing her years-long fight to ensure that any salmon that is genetically engineered be clearly labeled. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Specifically, the legislation ensures that any GE salmon products in the U.S. market are clearly labeled "genetically engineered" in the market name. Last month, USDA published labeli… Continue Reading


First Full Committee Healthcare Hearing of the Year Focuses on Improving Access to Healthcare

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently participated in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee oversight hearing focused on health centers and healthcare providers in underserved areas. The hearing highlighted a bill introduced by HELP Committee chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray to provide funding extensions for the Community Health Center program, the National Health Service Corps, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, the S… Continue Reading


Heinrich, Kennedy, Cassidy, Carper, Murkowski, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Restore Wetlands and Migratory Bird Habitat

On the 30th anniversary of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize NAWCA through 2024. The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Health and Public Safety Bills

Today the Senate Indian Affairs Committee advanced bills, supported by U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK), to improve public safety in tribal communities, strengthen resources for victims of crime, and expand access to healthcare in rural communities. The Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victims Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, of which Senator Murkowski is a cosponsor, will increase victim assistance resources such as medical care, domestic violence shelters, and counseling through a grant pro… Continue Reading


Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bipartisan letter with 28 of his colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers need to know now when they will fin… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Cortez Masto Reintroduce Savanna’s Act

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D- NV) announced they reintroduced the Savanna's Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls by improving the federal government's response to addressing the crisis. The bill increases coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases involving missing and murdered indige… Continue Reading


Agreement Reached to Reopen the Government, Pay Federal Workers, and Address Border Security

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) welcomed the agreement made between Congress and the administration to immediately reopen the government, through a short-term Continuing Resolution, which will allow the Congress to work to negotiate a final Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and the remaining appropriations bills not yet enacted for Fiscal Year 2019. The Continuing Resolution will continue Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels through February 15. The Senate passed the agree… Continue Reading


Cardin, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Ensure Women Equal Rights in the Constitution

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Friday the introduction of a Senate Resolution (S. J. Res. 6) that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Thirty-seven states, of the 38 needed, have already ratified the amendment, which was first proposed in 1972. Illinois was the last state to ratify the ERA in May 2018. Nevada ratified the ERA in March 2017. Only one more state is needed among: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Ge… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Manchin, King Highlight Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Leadership in the Arctic

Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., yesterday convened a roundtable with domestic and international dignitaries and policy leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the Arctic region. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, the co-founder of the Senate Arctic Caucus along with Murkowski, also attended the event. The roundtable focused on the Arctic's economy, security, resource development, infrastructure, and changing climate. Participants emphasized… Continue Reading


Tester, Murkowski Call for End to Offset of Military Retiree Benefits

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced bipartisan legislation to end the unfair offset of retirement pay and disability benefits for more than 450,000 military retirees. Their Retired Pay Restoration Act would end the unfair dollar-for-dollar offset of military retirement pay based on the amount of VA disability compensation a military retiree receives. Current law only allows for a retiree to receive both, called concurrent receipt, if the retiree ha… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Voting to Reopen the Government and Address Border Security

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted on two measures to reopen the government. The first measure included an omnibus funding bill which combines all seven remaining appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, a $12.7 billion disaster aid package, and three years of relief for enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrants receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The second measure, a short-term continuing resolution, would continue Fiscal Year 2… Continue Reading

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