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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


Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan Welcome FERC Review Schedule for AK LNG Project

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today released the following joint statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a Notice of Schedule for the environmental review process for the Alaska LNG (AK LNG) project. "This schedule is a necessary step forward for the AK LNG project and provides a clear trajectory for Alaskans' efforts to commercialize our massive reserves of natural gas. FERC's schedule for this project-the largest energy infrastruct… Continue Reading


Murkowski on Ending the Opioid Crisis in Rural Alaska

Today the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, of which U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is a member, focused on understanding the extent of the impacts of the opioid epidemic in Native American and Alaska Native communities and steps to make a difference. Witnesses testifying ranged from Tribal leaders to health professionals in the Indian Health Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a representative from the U.S. Department of Justice. "Alaska may be a rural state, b… Continue Reading


Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) today voted for S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, legislation that measures good practices and fair treatment of banking institution customers and rolls back many burdensome Dodd-Frank provisions that had unintended consequences for consumers, home-buyers, and small business owners. "I have heard from many local lending institutions and they are excited about the regulatory relief measures for community and regional finan… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Ulsom on Iditarod Victory

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today congratulated Joar Leifseth Ulsom, of Norway, and his team on winning the 2018 Iditarod, finishing in nine days and twelve hours. "The Iditarod holds a special place in Alaska's history and demonstrates the toughness and determination that sets this event apart from the rest of the world. This thousand mile race takes mushers across rugged terrain in harsh winter conditions-a true test of grit. A huge congratulations to Joar Leifseth Ulsom on his victory today.… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Interior Budget Proposal Will Increase Access, Protect Lands, Boost Resource Production

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of the Interior's $11.7 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2019. Murkowski opened the hearing by welcoming Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke back to the committee and highlighting the good work he has done for Alaska, other western states, and the nation during his first year leading the department. "You and I have worked closely to chart a path to greater energy security, which runs right throu… Continue Reading


Senators Tina Smith, Lisa Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Mental Health Services in Schools

U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced a bipartisan bill to expand mental health services in the school system. The Improving Access to Mental Health Services Act would bring mental health professionals who currently work in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) into schools, community-based organizations, and into the homes of families who need the services. Right now, NHSC professionals can only provide care at certain approved clinics and are limited in th… Continue Reading


Murkowski on Steel and Aluminum Tariff Announcement

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski made the following statement after President Trump announced he is imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports: "I share the President's desire to help rebuild our steel and aluminum industries, but have significant concerns about the impact these tariffs will have on our broader economy, trade relationships, and particularly our nation's energy sector. A lot of good work has gone into ensuring that the U.S. is able to r… Continue Reading

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