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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


07.13.23

Senate Committee Approves Three FY24 Appropriations Bills

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, scored wins for Alaska in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) and Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Bills, which were approved by the committee, and now will advance to the full Senate for consideration. In the CJS bill, Murkowski secured wins for Alaska’s public safety, fisheries and oceans research, and victim s… Continue Reading


07.10.23

Murkowski Introduces Bill to Modernize and Expand Apprenticeship Programs to Meet 21st Century Workforce Needs

Washington, DC – Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are leading legislation to modernize, streamline, and expand apprenticeship programs to connect more Americans with good-paying jobs, meet businesses’ need for more skilled workers, and grow the economy. The National Apprenticeship Act of 2023 would remove barriers and expand opportunities for employers and apprentices to participate in apprenticeship programs, especially in high-demand industries, rural ar… Continue Reading


07.07.23

Murkowski, Kelly, Manchin, Duckworth Statements on Administration Plans to Provide Additional Weapons to Ukraine

Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statements on the administration's decision to provide additional weapons and capabilities to Ukraine, including cluster munitions, to support their fight against Russia. Murkowski, Kelly, and Manchin traveled to Ukraine and Poland in April on a bipartisan Senate delegation where they met with President Zelenskyy and discussed how the weapons provided by the Unit… Continue Reading


06.26.23

Connecting Alaska: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Delivers Over $1 Billion More for Broadband Deployment Across the State

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in announcing over $1 billion in new funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for Alaska to build out the state's broadband infrastructure to connect communities to high speed internet. The funding comes from the IIJA's Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, which is the backbone of d… Continue Reading


06.23.23

Murkowski, Sullivan Announce Over $27 Million in DOT Funding for Alaska Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, DC –U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, announced that over $27.7 million in grants have been awarded to Alaska through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. Awardees include: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the City and Borough of Juneau, and the Organized Village of Kake. “When I helped craft th… Continue Reading


06.23.23

Murkowski Joins Congressional Delegation to Europe Ahead of July NATO Summit in Lithuania

Washington, D.C.–U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chris Coons (D-DE), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) yesterday embarked on a congressional delegation (CODEL) to Lithuania, Norway, and Belgium. The Senators’ visit comes just before Lithuania is set to host a NATO Summit in Vilnius from July 11-12. The Senators’ CODELwill take place from June 22 to June … Continue Reading


06.22.23

Wild USA Seafood: Murkowski Bill Would Label American-Caught Seafood, Support American Fishermen

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with Senator Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) introduced the Wild USA Seafood Act of 2023, which would establish a "Wild USA Seafood" label for wild-harvested seafood caught in U.S. waters. The bill would allow the U.S. seafood industry to promote wild-harvested seafood, including fish, crustaceans, and aquatic plants harvested in U.S. waters. "Alaska's seafood is the best in the world-and I'm proud to lead on this effort that would ensure consumers know th… Continue Reading

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