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Committee Reviews Proposals to Reorganize and Modernize DOE and DOI

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the administration's efforts to reorganize and modernize the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). "It's our responsibility to look at the structures of government and determine whether they are as efficient and effective as we expect," Murkowski said. "Putting ideas on the table for improvements is a good thing - something we should encourage. And from there, it's on all of us to consider thos… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Combat Workplace Harassment and Increase Transparency and Accountability

Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), Ted Poe (R-TX-02), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) introduced H.R. 6406, Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act, to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding workplace harassment, and bolster transparency and accountability. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). "Sexual ha… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Brown, Portman Provision To Give States More Time, Flexibility To Comply With Federal Law Sent To President’s Desk

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that legislation based on their proposal to give states more flexibility and time to implement electronic verification systems to better serve patients was passed by the Senate. Their proposal now heads to the President's desk to become law. Earlier this year Murkowski, Brown, and Portman introduced a bipartisan bill to delay the implementation of a provision contained in the 21st Century Cures Act law t… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Congress Must Act to Reduce America’s Foreign Mineral Dependence

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the Department of the Interior's final list of critical minerals for 2018 and opportunities to reverse our nation's growing dependence on foreign suppliers. This is the fifth hearing the committee has held on U.S. mineral security in recent years. "Our foreign dependence has almost doubled in the past two decades alone," Murkowski said. "While these trends were ignored for a long time, the administration has taken several po… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Trump-Putin Press Conference in Helsinki

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference at the conclusion of the Helsinki Summit. "I'm stunned that President Trump failed to take this opportunity to confront President Putin about the interference in our elections. President Trump ultimately validated Putin at the expense of American intelligence by giving credence to Putin's claim to have not interfered in our elections. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Second Session of Summer Interns to Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week, welcomed her second group of summer interns to Washington, D.C. to work in her office for the month. These recent Alaskan high school graduates have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the United States Senate by shadowing Senator Murkowski throughout the work-day, such as during hearings and meetings, in addition to assisting the office with administrative and clerical tasks and projects. "As someone who took part in an intern program in D.C… Continue Reading


Murray, Murkowski, Jayapal Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Reintroduction of Legislation to Bolster Critical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the HELP Committee, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA7), announced a bipartisan, bicameral reintroduction of the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), legislation that would provide guidance and support to states and hospitals providing sexual assault examination services and treatment to survivors. Senator Murray, Se… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Infrastructure Investments, Timely Permits Crucial for Dependable Energy Supply

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine policy issues facing interstate delivery networks for natural gas and electricity, which was prompted by last month's oversight hearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The committee today dove more deeply into a number of issues impacting our nation's capacity to deliver affordable, clean, diverse, and secure energy. Murkowski opened the hearing by emphasizing the importance of energy delivery infrastruct… Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Firefighter Cancer Registry Now Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act being signed into law, bipartisan legislation which creates a national registry for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was an original cosponsor of the bill. The bill directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous toxins and fumes and the frequency of cancer in firefighters to determine if there is a link. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Proud to Host Secretary of Labor on Recent Visit to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in Alaska, his first visit to the state as the head of the federal Department of Labor. Murkowski and Acosta recently traveled to King Salmon and Naknek, where they attended a roundtable to discuss the unique challenges and vast opportunities of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, including feedback from Alaskans and industry representatives on their experiences with the current H-2B Visa Program. Attendees in… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Micro-Grants to Support Locally Grown Food

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Included in this bill is a provision Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) authored-the Micro-Grants for Food Security program-that creates a new grant to help support Alaskans' ability to grow their own food. U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) co-sponsored the provision. "Alaska imports over 90 percent of our food. This results in high prices, especially in rural areas, and puts Alaskans at risk when trans… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice: "This evening the President nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him. I intend to review Judge Kavanaugh's decisions on the bench and writings off the bench, and pay careful attenti… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Hosts Sec. Perdue in Southeast Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. The trip allowed the Secretary to visit the largest national forest in the United States and hear from local stakeholders about the need to build a stronger, more sustainable economy in southeast Alaska. "I appreciate Secretary Perdue and his team traveling to the Tongass to learn more about our need for greater access and economic opportunity… Continue Reading


Secretary of Interior and Congressional Delegation Congratulate Alaskan Tara Sweeney on Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the Alaska Congressional Delegation today issued the following statements after the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to confirm Alaskan Tara Sweeney to be the next U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. "Congratulations to Tara on her confirmation. She is a results-driven team leader and coalition builder who has an impressive combination of business acumen and service to her community," said Secretary of the Interior… Continue Reading


Murkowski: U.S. Natural Gas Can Help Power the World

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered opening remarks for a panel discussion on "Access to Sustainable Energy in Developing Economies" at the 27th World Gas Conference, which is being held in Washington, D.C. The conference has attracted thousands of the most influential leaders, policymakers, and experts in the energy industry from more than 100 countries to discuss how natural gas will fuel the future. Murkowski speaking at the 27th World Gas Conference "Access to energy is f… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Justice Kennedy’s Retirement from Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today issued the following statement after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his upcoming retirement: "I would like to thank Justice Kennedy for his decades of service to our country. As one of the very few westerners on the current court, he has served the court and our nation well. His retirement is a historic moment for the court because he was the swing vote in so many decisions of great consequence. I think he held the court together and did… Continue Reading


Alaskan Communities to Receive Economic Boost

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that the Department of the Interior is distributing more than $32.3 million to eligible local governments across Alaska through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The funding, which is allocated to local governments that contain non-taxable federal lands, provides for essential services in Alaskan communities such as firefighting and police protection, search-and-rescue operations, and the construction of public schools and roads. "With… Continue Reading


Senate Passes First Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Package

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently voted in favor of a funding package, which combines the Energy and Water; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The bill, also known as a "minibus," provides funding to further develop Alaska's strategic military presence, improve health services for veterans, support critical infrastructure projects, and promote energy innovation and investments in renewable energy. As a member o… Continue Reading


Committee Reviews Four Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider four nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE). The nominees were Teri Donaldson to be Inspector General; Dr. Christopher Fall to be Director of the Office of Science; Karen Evans to be Assistant Secretary of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; and Daniel Simmons to be Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "I'm very pleased to have a full… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Minibus with Amendment to Strengthen U.S. Hydropower

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today secured passage of a number of hydropower-related provisions through a bipartisan amendment that was incorporated into H.R. 5895, the first FY 2019 appropriations package, by unanimous consent. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., were also cosponsors of the amendment. H.R. 5895 passed the Senate today by a vote of 86-5. "I thank Sen. Manchin and my colleagues … Continue Reading

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