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Murkowski Language Preservation Bill Advances

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week unanimously advanced legislation to support Native American language revitalization programs for consideration by the full Senate. On January 29, 2019, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in introducing the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, to improve the grant program that funds a variety of language learning activities such as Native language immersion and language teacher traini… Continue Reading


Murkowski: U.S. Must Continue to Lead on Energy Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing to examine the current status and future of energy innovation in the United States. The hearing featured Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary of Science Paul Dabbar, former DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, and representatives from the Bipartisan Policy Center, ClearPath, the Council on Competitiveness, and West Virginia University. Murkowski opened by stressing the importance of fostering an environment that encourages innovation… Continue Reading


Murray, Murkowski to Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), will reintroduce the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and expand access to health care services for survivors of sexual assault. As the Senators announced SASCA's reintroduction in the Senate, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) are also working to reintroduce a bipartisan version in the House. Senator Murray first introduced… Continue Reading


Tester, Murkowski, Pingree Reintroduce Bill to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today reintroduced their bipartisan bill to improve resources and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Their Servicemember and Veterans' Empowerment and Support Act expands the definition of MST to ensure servicemembers and veterans who experience online sexual harassment can access VA counseling and benefits. It also codifies a lower burden of proof so more survivors are e… Continue Reading


Shaheen, Lowey Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Push to Permanently Repeal the Global Gag Rule

Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (NY-17), led a bipartisan, bicameral reintroduction of the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would permanently repeal the harmful Global Gag Rule. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Shaheen to introduce the legislation in the Senate. The Global Gag… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Peace and Democracy in the Middle East

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, which passed in a 77-23 vote. The legislative package aims to improve our nation's diplomatic presence in the Middle East, strengthens the U.S.-Israel alliance, increases defense cooperation with Jordan and Israel, and imposes new sanctions on entities doing business with the government of Syria. This bill includes two pieces of legislation Sena… Continue Reading


Murkowski Kicks Off Floor Debate on Bipartisan Lands Package

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), today spoke on the Senate floor to begin debate on S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. This bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources, and water bills was reintroduced by Murkowski and former ENR Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., in January 2019. Yesterday, Murkowski, Cantwell, and ENR Ranking Member Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., secured an overwhelmingly … Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tonight released the following video message after President Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address: CLICK HERE to watch full video. Excerpts from Murkowski's video message: "The President's address to the nation was designed to encourage, to be uplifting. He began with a message to us in the Congress to come together, to collaborate, to cooperate, to compromise. And I think it's important to recognize that that's an important message that… Continue Reading


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

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