Press Releases

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03.23.21

Murray, Murkowski, Jayapal Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) re-introduced 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 who face steep challenges in being able to obtain medical care and sexual assault examinations critical to their ability to seek justice. The bill will develop national standards of care for survivors o… Continue Reading


03.22.21

ICYMI: Murkowski Meets with Secretary Blinken and NSA Sullivan

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-AK, on Friday met with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan, and the National Security Council's Asia coordinator Kurt Campbell as they traveled back to the U.S. after meetings in Japan and South Korea. (Pictured left to right: Senator Sullivan, Secretary Blinken, NSA Sullivan, Senator Murkowski.) "To be able to sit down not only with Secretary Blinken but also Jake Sullivan and Kurt Campbell… Continue Reading


03.21.21

Murkowski, Sinema Continue Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen the Economy by Supporting the Development of Innovative Energy Technologies

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) supporting the development of innovative technologies that boost Alaska's economy while ensuring cleaner air and a healthier environment. "Our bipartisan bill boosts innovative technologies that will grow Arizona's job opportunities, while protecting Arizonans' health by keeping our air clean," said Senator Sinema. "In Ala… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcomes Decision to Add New KC-135 Tankers for Eielson

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth and Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. welcoming an announcement by the Air Force that four KC-135 refueling tanker aircraft will be added to the existing squadron at Eielson Air Force Base. The plan adds an active duty component to the unit, bringing the squadron's total KC-135s to 12, and will also bring up to 220 additio… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Bipartisan group introduces nation’s first comprehensive CO2 infrastructure bill

Infrastructure to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology remains underdeveloped in the United States, leaving the country behind in the adoption of a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. To address this issue, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) in introducing the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The landmark b… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcomes U.S. Army’s First-Ever Arctic Strategy

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today commended the U.S. Army for releasing its first-ever strategy for the Arctic this week, the third service-specific strategy document released for the region. The strategy, titled "Regaining Arctic Dominance," comes as a result of a provision Sen. Sullivan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), included in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring each bra… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Murkowski Joins Reintroduction of Bipartisan Bill to Boost R&D Grants

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to improve underserved states' ability to successfully compete for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. The FAST Fix Act will reform the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program to encourage federal research and development grants to be awarded to small businesses and univ… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Tester, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate TRICARE Enrollment Fees for Retired Veterans

In an effort to protect military retirees' earned health care, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate TRICARE Select enrollment fees for veterans who retired prior to 2018. "No military retiree should ever be at risk of losing their health care coverage-especially during a global pandemic," said Senator Tester. "Our bipartisan bill will ensure that retired veterans aren't burdened… Continue Reading


03.12.21

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) led ten of their Senate colleagues in introducing the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021. Introduced on the heels of International Women's Day, the bipartisan legislation seeks to strengthen current United States' and international actors' efforts to address gender-based violence perpetrated during humanitarian crises, which disproportionately threaten the wellbeing of vulnerable women and girls. In addition … Continue Reading


03.11.21

Pacific Northwest Congressional Members Call on OMB to Support Injunction, Stop Sale of Seattle Archives Facility

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today led 25 of the 26 members of the Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho congressional delegations in sending a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking them to stop the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle in light of a recent court decision temporarily blocking the sale from moving forward. In addition to Cantwell and Murkowski, the letter was signed by U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


03.07.21

Murkowski Statement on Reconciliation Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today released the following statement after voting against H. R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. "There is broad, bipartisan recognition that additional federal support is needed to help Americans recover from the ongoing pandemic. Alaskans are acutely aware of this as they grapple with economic losses from the public health challenges of the pandemic as well as adversarial actions against responsible resource development by the Biden administrati… Continue Reading


03.05.21

Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Help Alaska Cruise Season

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act to alleviate the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) restrictions for cruise ships transporting passengers between the State of Washington and the State of Alaska. This legislation will allow cruise ships to sail to Alaska without requiring that they stop in Canada, as U.S. law normally would require. Canada's Interim Order No. 5 Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions Due to the Cor… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Murkowski Announces Support for Interior Secretary Nominee Haaland

During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that she will support the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Click here for video of Senator Murkowski. "The Department of the Interior - and thus the Secretary who leads it - both play an outsized role in our state. Alaska has more federal lands, more mineral resources, and more natural hazards than any other state. … Continue Reading


03.03.21

Hassan, Murkowski, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Seniors and People with Disabilities Struggling with Eating Disorders

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to care for seniors and people living with disabilities who struggle with eating disorders. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced a companion bill today in the House of Representatives. While not often discussed, according to estimates, eating disorders affect 3-4 percent of the senior population. Eating disorders also affect 6 percent of females … Continue Reading


03.01.21

ICYMI: Murkowski, King, Bilirakis, Soto, Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Curb Suicides

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Darren Soto (D-FL) in reintroducing a bipartisan suicide prevention bill- the Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act-which would create a voluntary grant program to assist emergency departments in developing protocols for identifying, assessing and treating individuals at risk for suicide. This proactive approach is vital because emergency departments are… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Alaska Delegation Rebukes Fish & Wildlife Service for Misleading Public on “Failed” ANWR Polar Bear Surveys

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska) today issued a statement rebuking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for engaging in a bad faith permitting process with Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation (KIC), an Alaska Native Village Corporation seeking to conduct a seismic survey on land it owns within the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "We are appalled to learn that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service blatantly… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary Nominee Haaland on Alaska Priorities

This week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took part in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing-the first of two- to consider the nomination of U.S. Representative Debra Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Click here for video of Senator Murkowski. During the hearing, Senator Murkowski acknowledged the significance of Representative Haaland being the first Native American Cabinet secretary nominee. Senator Murkowski went on to discuss public lands in Alaska and… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Senators Reintroduce National Ocean Exploration Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), in reintroducing the National Ocean Exploration Act. The bill would authorize the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council, update national priorities for ocean mapping, exploration, and characterization, and direct the Council to coordinate and facilitate activities across federal and non-federal entities to advance those pri… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Murkowski, Hassan, Tonko, Turner Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Broaden Access to Addiction Treatment

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Michael Turner (R-OH) announced the reintroduction of their Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, legislation that would vastly increase access to life-saving addiction medicine by eliminating a duplicative bureaucratic hurdle-colloquially known as the "x-waiver"-currently blocking millions of highly trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients. "Subs… Continue Reading


02.24.21

VICE CHAIRMAN MURKOWSKI: COMMITTEE RECEIVES TESTIMONY ON NATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 117TH CONGRESS

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today, with Committee Chairman, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) convened the Committee's first hearing for the 117th Congress. The hearing was "A call to action: Native communities' priorities in focus for the 117th Congress" and included four native witnesses. "The Committee takes seriously the priorities of native communities, which have guided legislation over the years. With strong and unified tribal vo… Continue Reading

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