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Murkowski Welcomes New Hire and Summer Interns to Committee Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that Michelle Toohey has joined her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. She also welcomed four interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer: Alexandra Bender, Selia Butler, Kaiwi Eisenhour, and Michael McCambridge. "Michelle is a valuable addition to our team. She brings decades of public affairs and policy experience from her time in the Alaska Governor's office and in the Alaska State Legislature… Continue Reading


Funding Bill Supports Arctic Security, Coast Guard Assets, and Mariner Safety

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. The bill contains a number of priorities secured by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), including investments to strengthen Arctic security, improve emergency response, and support the U.S. Coast Guard, including fully funding the design and construction of the first heavy polar icebreaker in more than 40 years. "This bill directs federa… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces “Arctic” Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced S.3080, the Food Security, Housing, and Sanitation Improvements in Rural, Remote, and Frontier Areas Act of 2018. This legislation includes a wide range of Alaska specific initiatives based on the input of stakeholders throughout the state. Provisions address priorities such as increasing food security; maintaining conservation efforts; expanding opportunities for trade; improving rural development, and bolstering research initiatives. The bill enco… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes $56 Million in Disaster Relief for Alaska Fisheries

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today welcomed a funding allocation announcement by the Secretary of Commerce for states and territories affected by recent fishery disasters. Alaska is receiving $56,361,332 in disaster funding, which will support compensation, recovery, and relief for fishermen, communities, and stakeholders affected by the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery disaster. "The news of this disaster relief funding for Alaska is incre… Continue Reading


Hatch, 12 Republican Senators Call on Justice Department to Pause Family Separations While Congress Works on Legislative Fix

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) led a group of senators in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a halt to the practice of separating families who have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. The letter petitions the administration to delay enforcement of this policy until Congress can pass legislation to keep families together. The letter has also been signed by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bob Corker (R-TN… Continue Reading


Defense Bill Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, legislation which supports our troops through the biggest pay raise in nearly ten years and provides our military with the resources needed to face emerging threats and protect Americans at home and abroad. The bill passed in a 85-10 vote. "It is imperative that we support our troops with the resources, equipment, and training they need to do their jobs and kee… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Family Separation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on the practice of separating children and parents at the U.S. border. "The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families. They are not consistent with our values. The thousands of children taken from their parents and families must be reunited as quickly as possible and be treated humanely while immigration proceedings are pending. ‎I am troubled that those seeking asylum are being turne… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement thanking the U.S. Supreme Court for agreeing to hear, for the second time, the case of John Sturgeon, an Alaskan who sued the National Park Service after being forced off of the Nation River in 2007 for using a hovercraft to hunt moose, as he had been doing for decades. "I respect and agree with the Supreme Court's decision to hear Mr. Sturgeon's case for a second time," Murkowski said. "Alaskans needed the Supreme Court… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports a Safer and More Prosperous Alaska

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill, which contains several priorities U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski secured for Alaska. As a member of this subcommittee, Murkowski included provisions to strengthen Alaska's world-class fisheries, protect Alaskan ocean wildlife, improve Arctic infrastructure and research, and support other significant programs such as the National Sea Grant Program. In … Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Work Protects People and Lands

Through her Chairmanship of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) worked to fund initiatives for Alaska through the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill. Murkowski's bill provides the resources necessary to combat wildfires and prioritizes responsible management of Alaska's lands. The bill also includes support for the ailing timber industry in Southeast Alaska, directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to clean… Continue Reading


Murkowski Invests in Alaska’s Future

As Chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) unveiled legislation that makes important investments for new infrastructure in Alaska, while improving the state's existing infrastructure. The Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 was approved by the full Appropriations Committee today through a historic, unanimous vote. It will now head to the Senate floor for final consideration. "These investments tod… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Funding for Rural Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a series of provisions within the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 to provide resources and support to programs with significant provisions to benefit communities across rural Alaska and for Alaska Natives. As Chairman of this subcommittee, Murkowski constructed a bill that improves water and wastewater systems in rural Alaska, supports subsistence, provides resources for rural health facilities, and… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Interior Bill Boosts Southeast Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee, today announced a series of provisions within her Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill that will provide significant resources for communities throughout Southeast Alaska. The full Appropriations Committee approved the bill through a historic, unanimous vote. It will now head to the Senate floor for final consideration. "With our state budget in flux, this bill prov… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Chairmanship Yields Results for Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a series of provisions within the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019, which will invest in Alaskan communities, boost economic opportunities, and protect Alaska's lands. As Chairman of this subcommittee, Murkowski crafted a bill to ensure that federal resources are directed where Alaska needs them most. The full Appropriations Committee approved the bill through a historic, unanimous vote and will now … Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Chairmanship Brings Benefits to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released her Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which directs resources to programs critical to Alaska. As chairman of the Subcommittee, Murkowski crafted a bill which allocates significant resources to programs to construct or improve wastewater and drinking water systems in Native villages and throughout rural Alaska and prioritizes improving the health, safety, and welfare of all Alaskans. "This Interior… Continue Reading


Murkowski: FERC Should Take Balanced Approach in Regulation of Energy Sector

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to conduct oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). For the first time in about a decade, all five FERC commissioners - Chairman Kevin McIntyre, Cheryl LaFleur, Neil Chatterjee, Robert Powelson, and Richard Glick - testified before the committee. Murkowski opened the hearing by noting there have been a number of significant changes in the energy sector since the last time the full Commission was before the committe… Continue Reading


First Session of Summer Interns Arrive in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week, welcomed her first group of summer interns to Washington, D.C. to assist in her office for the month. These recent Alaska high school graduates of the Class of 2018 will receive a behind-the-scenes look into the United States Senate by shadowing Murkowski throughout the workday days, providing assistance with both administrative and clerical tasks, and assisting staff with various projects. "It's a joy to have so many young and inspired Alaskans joi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes DOE Awards for Alaska Projects

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement that two Alaska projects will receive a total of $3.6 million to support the development of innovative marine energy technologies. The Igiugig Village Council (IVC), in partnership with the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Maine, will receive $2.3 million to continue work on a RivGen cross-flow river current turbine system. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) and the University of Alaska… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Funding for Military Construction and VA

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill contains several priorities championed by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to help further develop Alaska's strategic military presence and improve health services for veterans. "Alaska has the highest veteran population per capita in the country. I remain committed to equipping our veterans with the support the… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Package of Six ENR Lands Bills

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week secured the passage of six land-related bills through the U.S. Senate, all of which had been favorably reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Included in the package was S. 2857, the National Nordic Museum Act, which was sponsored by Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash, and co-sponsored by Murkowski. "I thank my colleagues for working together to ensure that we could pass these bills this week," Murkowski said. "While this … Continue Reading

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