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Murkowski Supports Compromise to End Government Shutdown

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after working with her colleagues on both side of the aisle to successfully pass a funding bill in the Senate to end the government shutdown. "I have been actively working over the weekend, with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to help facilitate an agreement. I am pleased that we were able to put our differences aside to get the government back on track and do what's right for our country. Together, we ended a government … Continue Reading


Working to Open Government

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement on the current government shutdown: "Shutting down the government is no way to govern. It is disruptive, harmful, wasteful, and impacts the thousands of Alaskans who are federal employees, contractors and all who rely on the services provided by our federal agencies," said Senator Murkowski. "I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in the House to get the government back open as fast as possible." On … Continue Reading


Murkowski in Favor of Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement regarding her support on passing the Continuing Resolution (CR) currently before Congress, to provide short-term government funding. Current funding expires Friday, January 19. "It is absolutely irresponsible to shut down the government. A Continuing Resolution is never ideal and is not the way to run a government, but this short-term fix is the best option we have in front of us, right now. The ripple effect of a government s… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges FinCEN to Stay the Course on Cannabis Banking

A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today urged the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to keep in place guidance that has enabled some financial institutions to provide banking services for legitimate cannabis businesses in states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis. In addition to Merkley and Murkowski, today's letter to FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco was signed by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rand Paul (R-KY… Continue Reading


Energy Committee Considers Two Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider two of President Trump's nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE). The nominees were Melissa Burnison to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and Anne White to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management. During her opening statement, Murkowski thanked both nominees for their willingness to serve our country. "M… Continue Reading


Momentum Growing For Immigration Reform Proposal

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today welcomed the support of Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) for a path forward on DACA and immigration reform. They will join Republicans Graham, Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) in backing this measure and working to protect Dreamers. "It's imperative that Congress act quickly so that young people who were brought to the U… Continue Reading


IEA: Technology, Policy Position U.S. As Global Energy Leader

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing focused on the domestic and global energy outlook, featuring testimony from the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol. During the hearing, Murkowski and Birol discussed the significant improvements taking place in energy technologies and energy policy, ranging from the increased production of oil and natural gas to cost reductions in renewable energy and the continuing potential of nuclear ene… Continue Reading


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

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