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Delegation Welcomes Coastal Plain EIS Scoping Announcement

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a 60-day public scoping period as it prepares to draft an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Department of the Interior's oil and gas leasing program on the Coastal Plain. "We welcome this scoping announcement and the Department's continued work to implement our legislation opening the Coastal Plain to responsible energ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges for Swift Action on Addressing Coastal Erosion

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) called for an urgent focus on assistance for Alaskan communities facing coastal erosion. During an Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee hearing examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget request for Fiscal Year 2019, Senator Murkowski cited threats to the northern community of Utqiagvik, facing serious winter storms, receding sea ice, and greater coastal erosion. "You've got a utility corridor that is in danger of washing away due t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Convenes Oversight Hearing on Deferred Maintenance in National Parks

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee focused on deferred maintenance and the operational needs of the National Park Service (NPS). The deferred maintenance backlog, which currently stands at $11.6 billion, is one of the most significant challenges for NPS to provide a quality visitor experience. "Just about every state, and for that matter just about every park unit, is affected by the deferred maintenance backlog," Murkowski… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Improving the Response to the Opioid Crisis

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to discuss innovative ways to address root causes of the opioid addiction crisis and substance abuse in Alaska, and across the nation. The hearing featured witnesses Jessica Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, Robert Morrison, Executive Director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, and Jennifer Donahue, Child Abuse Inve… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Bill Works to Protect Alaska Native Whaling Quota

The Alaska Congressional Delegation recently introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to preserve the bowhead whale subsistence harvest and Alaska Native food security under U.S. law if the International Whaling Commission (IWC) fails to act on bowhead whale quota during their September 2018 meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil. The legislation - the Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018 - is led by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Oceans, A… Continue Reading


Murkowski Provides Government Funding Bill Resource Page

On Friday, March 23, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which sets federal funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee and a member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) had a significant role in crafting the final product, which includes funding programs critical to Alaska. To help Alaskans navigate the extensive contents of the government funding bill, Senator Murkow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces the Addition of New Staff and Fellows

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced the addition of four new fellows and one new staff member to her office in Washington D.C. "As I continue to work for Alaska, I am proud to have the support of dedicated and hard-working staff. I am excited to have these news faces who bring fresh energy and an enthusiasm for service," Senator Murkowski said. "I am confident that their knowledge, understanding, and experience will have a positive impact on Alaskans. Having these bright individuals a… Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski and Udall Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. This legislation recognizes the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women in this country. "Thirty years ago, Congress passed legislation declaring March as Women's History Month in the United States. But I feel it is nec… Continue Reading


Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Banking Committee to Hold Hearing on the SAFE Banking Act

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), urging them to hold a legislative hearing on S. 1152, the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow cannabis and cannabis-related businesses that are legal under state law to access financial services in the banking system and give law enforcement th… Continue Reading


All Twenty-Two Democratic and Republican Women Senators Call on Senate Leadership to Bring Forward Legislation to Reform Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Rules in Congress

Letter also signed by Ranking Members Feinstein and McCaskill, and members of the Rules Committee Working Group Capito, Fischer, and Cortez Masto All twenty-two Democratic and Republican women of the U.S. Senate today called on Senate leadership to bring legislation that would update and strengthen the procedures available to survivors of all forms of sexual harassment and discrimination in congressional workplaces before the full Senate. The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislati… Continue Reading


Murkowski Invests in Rural Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a series of provisions within the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, contained in the full government funding measure, to provide resources and support to programs with significant impacts in communities across rural Alaska. The bill passed in the Senate early Friday morning, March 23 and was signed into law. As Chairman of this subcommittee, Murkowski was able to craft a bill that gives Alaskans a strong voice, by securi… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Chairmanship Yields Results for Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a series of provisions within her Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, contained in the full government funding measure, which provide resources to boost economic opportunities, invest in Alaskan communities, and protect and care for our land. The bill passed in the Senate Friday, March 23 and was later signed by the President. As Chairman of this subcommittee, Murkowski was able to give Alaskans a strong voice as she craft… Continue Reading


Funding Bill Provides Boost for Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans

The Senate recently passed the full 2018 appropriations bill, which funds the government through September 30. The bill was signed into law on March 23, 2018. Alaska will receive a large boost in defense and military construction funding. Several priorities in the bill were championed by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to support growth in Alaska's military presence, critical investments in infrastructure, and improvements in health services for our veterans. "As a member of the Senate Appr… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Big Impacts for Alaska in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Early today, the Senate passed a bill that sets federal funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year, providing the biggest defense spending increase in fifteen years and the largest pay increase for our troops in close to a decade. In addition, it makes significant investments in addressing school safety, fighting the opioid epidemic, and combatting substance abuse. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee and member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S.… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Investments in Water Infrastructure and Management Systems Vital to Protecting Communities from Drought

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the western water outlook for 2018 and three bills to upgrade water infrastructure, management, and storage systems to ensure our communities have access to clean, reliable water supplies. "For over a decade, the West has suffered through drought conditions. Changing climate conditions and weather patterns appear to be making matters worse," Murkowski said. "There's no question that we need to overhaul and modernize America'… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Interior Bill Benefits Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today outlined the benefits for Alaska in the 2018 government funding bill currently before Congress. As chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Murkowski's portion of the bill makes significant strides in developing infrastructure projects, improving access to Native healthcare, and reducing the National Park Service's maintenance backlog. "I am proud of the work we have done in this Interior appropriations bil… Continue Reading


Online Sex Trafficking Prevention Bill Passes Senate

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which passed by a vote of 97-2. The bill gives power back to prosecutors, victims, and state attorneys by giving a clearer path to pursue legal action against website providers who are posting advertisements for sex workers, many of whom are actively caught up in sex trafficking. Senator Murkowski is an original co-sponsor of the Senate's online trafficking prevention bill, Stop … Continue Reading


Feinstein, Murkowski, Colleagues Introduce Women’s History Month Resolution

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) led a group of their colleagues today in introducing a resolution designating March as "National Women's History Month." "Women's History Month offers us a chance to celebrate the remarkable women in our nation's history and encourage the next generation to reach for new heights in business, academia, athletics, science, government and more," Feinstein said. "When I was sworn into the Senate, there were only two wome… Continue Reading


Murkowski: DOE Must Focus on Maintaining U.S. Global Leadership in Science and Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Energy's $30.6 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2019. Murkowski opened the hearing by welcoming Secretary of Energy Rick Perry back to the committee and noted that she looks forward to hosting him in Alaska in the near future. In her opening remarks, she focused on the importance of energy innovation. "While we should always be looking for places to cut the budget, we should also reco… Continue Reading


Committee Reviews Two Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider two nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE). The nominees were Ted Garrish to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs and James Campos to be Director of the Office of Minority Impact. Murkowski opened the hearing by thanking both nominees for their willingness to serve our country and highlighting their qualifications for the roles. "Mr. Garrish has a lo… Continue Reading

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