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Murkowski Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Click here to watch Senator Murkowski's video message "Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us a special opportunity, one in which we can come together, as friends and neighbors, as we reflect on the purpose with which Dr. King lived his life. I remain inspired by Dr. King's commitment to peace in his pursuit of justice and equality for all. "Over fifty years ago, during the March on Washington, Dr. Kin… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Seek Emergency Relief for Communities Affected by Fisheries Disasters

As Congress considers a relief package for U.S. communities impacted by hurricanes and wildfires, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, along with a bipartisan group of senators representing Washington, Oregon, and California, called on their colleagues to also include disaster funding for coastal communities affected by longstanding and ongoing fisheries disasters. The senators urged swift action to provide emergency funding to communities that depend on resilient, sustainable, and healthy… Continue Reading


Murkowski and Cantwell Welcome Capito and Smith

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the committee's ranking member, today welcomed two new members to the committee: Sens. Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Tina Smith, D-Minn. "We welcome Sens. Capito and Smith to our committee and look forward to working with them on a wide range of energy, lands, water, and resource issues throughout the remainder of this Congress," Murkowski and Cantwell said. "Together w… Continue Reading


Murkowski on Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to address the nation's opioid crisis, that focused on examining the cause of the crisis and steps to turn the tide on the devastating crisis. The hearing featured one witness, Mr. Sam Quinones, journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, who provided his perspective on the opioid crisis, including his understanding of the cause and how s… Continue Reading


New Offshore Program Promises Greater Access to Alaska’s Offshore Arctic

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a new draft proposed Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2019-2024. The draft proposal is the first step toward a more competitive offshore leasing program in the United States. "This draft program is another positive step as we seek to reinforce our nation's status as a global energy leader," Murkowski said. "Secretary Zinke's … Continue Reading


After Several Long Years, Reason for Hope in King Cove

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement to mark the fourth anniversary of the Obama administration's callous rejection of a life-saving road for the people of King Cove, Alaska. An 11-mile road segment is needed to connect King Cove with nearby Cold Bay, which is home to an all-weather airport. "For years, the Department of the Interior has ignored King Cove's need for reliable transportation, particularly during medical emergencies," Murkowski said. "Today, h… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces New Additions to Committee Staff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced three recent additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff: Suzanne Cunningham as senior policy advisor for oil and gas, Diana Nielsen as a legal fellow, and Tonya Parish as press assistant. "I'm pleased to welcome Suzanne, Diana, and Tonya to our team," Murkowski said. "Suzanne brings significant experience from her work in the Alaska State Legislature, Diana has considerable knowledge of energy and r… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Secretary Zinke's Order to Strengthen American Mineral Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed strong support for a new Secretarial Order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to curb the nation's growing dependence on foreign sources of minerals. Murkowski attended the signing ceremony at the Department of the Interior. "Our nation's growing dependence on foreign minerals is a distinct threat to our economy, our national defense, and our international competitiveness," Murkowski said. "We need to improve all aspects of the supply ch… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bill to Provide Short-Term Funding

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement after the Senate passed H.Res 289 to provide short-term government funding. "I am pleased that my colleagues and I have passed a resolution to fund the government through January 19th. It is important that we avoided a shutdown for our nation, for the countless Alaskans that are federal employees, and for all the individuals who rely on government services. "While there are topics that I believe this resolution is lacking, we c… Continue Reading


After 37 Years, Responsible Development Is Closer Than Ever

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the House and Senate passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, securing a major victory for Alaskans and all Americans. In addition to reforming the tax code, the bill opens the non-wilderness 1002 Area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to responsible energy development. "This is a watershed moment for Alaska and all of America," Murkowski said. "We have fought to… Continue Reading


Historic Tax Reform Bill Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) applauded passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference report, comprehensive tax reform that reduces taxes and encourages the economic growth needed to create jobs and generate wealth. The legislation includes a section written by Senator Murkowski, which contains an important step in creating new economic opportunities by opening up the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible energy development. The bill now heads t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Bill to Address Ocean Acidification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017 to identify and assess communities, including island communities, low-population rural communities, and subsistence communities, that are most dependent on coastal and ocean resources that may be impacted by ocean acidification. This bipartisan bill was introduced with Senators Cantwell (D-WA), Collins (R-ME), Peters (D-MI), and Whitehouse (D-RI). "Alaska's culture … Continue Reading


Senators Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Sexual Harassment And Discrimination In Congress, Bring Transparency And Accountability To Sexual Harassment Reporting Process

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today introduced new bipartis… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Conference Report Opens the 1002 Area, Reforms Tax Code

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after she, along with all of the Republican conferees for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed and unveiled the final conference committee report for the bill. The conference report includes two titles: the first to provide tax relief to American families and businesses, and a second, authored by Murkowski, to open a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area in northeast Alaska to responsible energy development. … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Congressional Leadership To Commit Resources To Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - As the Nation's opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have called on Senate leadership to provide states with the resources they need to tackle this ongoing public health emergency. In their letter, the bipartisan group urge Leaders Mc… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Reconciliation Bill is a Great Opportunity for Alaska, America

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today participated in a public meeting of Senate and House conferees on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. During the meeting, Murkowski reiterated her strong support for this pro-jobs, pro-growth, and pro-energy bill that will benefit American families and businesses. The energy title of the bill, authored by Murkowski, opens a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area in northeast Alaska to responsible energy development. "This legislation will be good … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Streamlining the Federal Permitting Process is Essential to Modernizing U.S. Energy Infrastructure

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing to examine the permitting processes for energy and resource infrastructure projects at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The hearing focused on permitting challenges and opportunities to improve the responsiveness, transparency, and predictability of permit reviews. "We all recognize that we need to make investments to upgrade and modernize our aging infrastructure," Mu… Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation Congratulates Alaskan Joe Balash on Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of the Interior

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the U.S. Senate voted 61-38 to confirm Alaskan Joe Balash to be the next U.S. Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior Click image or here to view Senator Sullivan's floor statement "Today I'm pleased to see that after weeks of partisan gridlock, Joe Balash was finally confirmed as a U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for L… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on New FERC Chairman

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the swearing-in of Kevin McIntyre to begin a five-year term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), starting today as the Commission's chairman. "I'm pleased to learn that Mr. McIntyre was sworn in this morning, bringing FERC to a full complement of Commissioners for the first time since 2015. For more than two years, I have been working toward the day when FERC would once again have a full bench. We work… Continue Reading


Murkowski Named to Reconciliation Conference Committee

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was selected today to serve on the Conference Committee for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The conference committee will reconcile House and Senate legislation to reform the tax code and open a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area in northeast Alaska to responsible energy development. "I'm grateful to Leader McConnell and my colleagues for the opportunity to represent Alaska and the nation as we bring this important bill through the last parts of… Continue Reading

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