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Senator Murkowski Questions Secretary Zinke over Interior Budget

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, examining the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the Department of the Interior. During the hearing, Senator Murkowski addressed budget priorities from public access and land conveyance needs to disaster warning systems and maintenance backlogs. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified on the Department of Interior's effort to examine how to best manage our public lands, taking a 100-year outlook. … Continue Reading


Menendez, Murkowski, Klobuchar, Rubio Celebrate Passage of Bipartisan Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today applauded unanimous Senate passage of The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, bipartisan legislation he first introduced in the 114th Congress with original cosponsors Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), to create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with the deadly disease. The bill calls on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor and study the relationship between career-lo… Continue Reading


Alaska Senators Welcome Selection of University of Alaska, Fairbanks as UAS Integration Pilot Program Site

Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski welcomed yesterday's announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation naming the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) as one of 10 sites nationwide selected for the highly competitive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The newly created program serves an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities to accelerate the safe UAS i… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Strongly Supports Tara Sweeney

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) today advocated for the swift confirmation of Tara Sweeney of Alaska to be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. During Tara Sweeney's nomination hearing in the Indian Affairs Committee, of which Senator Murkowski is a member, the Alaska senators offered their congratulations and full support for her nomination. Once confirmed, Sweeney, the former co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives and Cha… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Announces $10.9 Million in Secure Rural Schools Payments to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that communities across Alaska will soon receive a total of $10,972,512 to fund schools and local budget priorities. The payments are being provided through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which Murkowski successfully reauthorized and funded in the recent omnibus appropriations bill. "I recognize that as timber production declines, local communities in Alaska and across the nation are forced to rely on the Secure Rural Schools program … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Supporting Coast Guard

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pushed for additional icebreakers to protect our northern most border from domestic and international threats. During the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Homeland Security budget, Senator Murkowski also questioned Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the agency's plans to build shoreside infrastructure necessary to supporting new Coast Guard vessels coming to Alaska. "I would argue that as an arctic nation, in the pas… Continue Reading


Murkowski: More Work to be Done to Strengthen Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired an oversight hearing to examine the status of electricity restoration for the people of Puerto Rico, the work that remains to be completed, and the future of the island's grid. The committee also heard from leaders on the ground about proposals to reform and strengthen the island's grid operations as another hurricane season approaches. As of May 1, 98 percent of power has been restored to Puerto Rico's electric grid since Hurricane Maria mad… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on President Trump’s Announcement to Withdraw from Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and impose additional sanctions on Iran: "I agree with President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - a fatally flawed deal that did nothing to stop Iran's continued development of ballistic missile technology, little to check its destructive behaviors across the region, and would have eventually removed re… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Applauds AGDC and BP Gas Sales Agreement

Today, the Alaska Delegation applauded the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and BP Alaska on their announcement of the key terms of a gas sales agreement. "Today's announcement is an important step in our efforts to commercialize Alaska's vast natural gas resources," said the Delegation. "Over the years, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas have been left in place on the North Slope because we lack the infrastructure needed to transport it. The increased production of Alaska's va… Continue Reading


Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Visits Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week hosted U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in Alaska, his first visit to the state since being confirmed to lead the federal Department of Energy. Murkowski and Perry in Kodiak Murkowski and Perry traveled to Kodiak and the small fishing village of Old Harbor on Tuesday, with an itinerary of meetings and site visits focused on a variety of local renewable energy initiatives. "The best way to learn about Alaska, to truly understand it and grasp i… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes Critical HIDTA Designation to Combat Drug Trafficking and Reduce Supply of Illegal Drugs

The Alaska Congressional Delegation today welcomed a critical announcement by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help facilitate greater cooperation, criminal case coordination and information sharing among local, tribal, state and federal agencies currently engaged in counter-drug trafficking operations in Alaska. The decision to designate areas surrounding Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) represents the first new regional HIDT… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on New U.S. Genetically Engineered Salmon Facility

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the application for an AquaBounty Salmon Facility in Indiana last week. AquaBounty Technologies has been developing genetically engineered (GE) salmon since 1996 and received an FDA approval in 2015 to sell it for human consumption. Due to Senator Murkowski's efforts, an import alert for GE salmon remains in place preventing U.S. production. "While AquaBounty continues… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Pleased to Announce Denali Commission Interim Co-Chair

The Alaska Congressional Delegation today announced that John Torgerson of Soldotna has been appointed as the Denali Commission Interim Federal Co-Chair. This appointment comes following a letter the delegation sent last week to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting an interim federal co-chair as the administration moves through the process of vetting candidates to fill the vacancy left by Joel Neimeyer on April 20, 2018. "The Denali Commission plays a crucial role in the lives of Alaskans… Continue Reading


Van Hollen, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create National Fab Lab Network

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have introduced the National Fab Lab Network Act of 2018, legislation that would expand Fab Labs across the country. These facilities are equipped with digitally-controlled tools that enable individuals to create and innovate new products. Tools available range from laser cutters, to 3D printers, to automated knives, and training is also provided. To foster the growth and expansion of new and current Fab Labs, the Senators' leg… Continue Reading


Rubio Introduces Bill To Promote U.S. Shark Conservation As A Global Model Of Sustainability

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act (S. 2764), bicameral legislation that recognizes the sustainable and economically-valuable fishing practices of U.S. shark fishermen and promotes U.S. standards for shark conservation and humane harvest. U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (R-FL) has introduced similar legislation (H.R. 5248) in the House. "Sharks play an important role in maintaining the health of the ocean ecosys… Continue Reading


Progress for Firefighter Cancer Registry Bill

The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, of which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is a member, this week advanced the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, legislation cosponsored by Murkowski which creates a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with the deadly disease in order to collect data and improve research activities on incidents of cancer among firefighters. "The stark reality we have seen firsthand in Alaska is that firefighters are diagnosed with canc… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Murkowski, Feinstein, Tillis, Coons, Graham Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Maintain Critical Support for Local Law Enforcement

The COPS Reauthorization Act would reauthorize the program through fiscal year 2023 U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the COPS Reauthorization Act to maintain critical support for local law enforcement. The bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program through fiscal year 2023. The COPS program awards grants to state,… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State: "These are dangerous times right now around the world so it is critical that we have these incredibly important positions filled and have the right people in place. Having a highly qualified individual to leverage our national security and protect our nation is imperative," said Senator Murkowski. "As a US Army Veteran, Pompeo has dedicated his career to k… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes New Coast Guard Assets to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) welcomed the announcement that the Coast Guard will homeport six Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Alaskan communities, which will enhance the Coast Guard's coastal capability to perform search and rescue operations, protect our fisheries, and improve resiliency to disasters throughout Alaskan waters. In a letter from the Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Zukunft wrote Senator Murkowski today (attached) that two FRCs will be homeported in Kodiak, one in Seward, one … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Forest Service Must Address

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing to examine the president's budget request for the U.S. Forest Service for Fiscal Year 2019. Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen testified on behalf of the Forest Service. Murkowski opened the hearing by noting the Forest Service will receive greater flexibility in funding as a result of the recent omnibus, which included a multi-year budgeting fix for wildfire suppression costs. Murkowski, while urging meaningful forest managem… Continue Reading

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