Press Releases

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03.08.19

Murkowski Welcomes Intent to Nominate David Bernhardt to be Interior Secretary

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). "I strongly support David Bernhardt to serve as Secretary of the Interior. He is an excellent choice and has demonstrated he is more than capable of leading on a permanent basis. It is critical that our Interior Secretary understand Alaska and I have no doubt he will continue to be a strong partne… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski, Harris Address Workplace Harassment

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) recently reintroduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the ongoing issue of workplace harassment and reduce barriers that prevent victims from speaking out and seeking justice. The Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace Harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act arms individuals with the resources they need to address workplace harassment. The bill works to reverse the culture of silence by prohibitin… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski Blasts FDA’s Decision to Allow GE Salmon to Enter U.S. Without Clear Labeling

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deactivated a 2016 import alert that prevented Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon from entering the U.S. market: "I'm extremely disappointed in the FDA's short-sighted decision. It is wrong-headed and a bad idea, simple as that. I am not going to back down and will continue my fight to ensure that any salmon product that is genetically engineered be clearly labeled," said Senator Murko… Continue Reading


03.08.19

In Case You Missed It: Murkowski Discusses Historic Lands Package

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week participated in two national interviews related to S. 47, her bipartisan lands package. On Wednesday, she joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour and on Thursday, she joined Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) on ABC News to highlight how the bill will benefit communities across the country. S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, combines more than 120 bills related to public lands, natural resources, water management, sportsmen's, and conservation p… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski Joins Reintroduction of Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Privatization of the United States Postal Service

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski joined 24 of her Senate colleagues to reintroduce a bipartisan resolution opposing privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS). The resolution notes that the USPS is a self-sustaining establishment and that potential privatization would result in higher prices and reduced services for USPS customers, especially in rural communities. "The Founders of our nation recognized that the Postal Service was a crucial link to diffuse knowledge and support commerce… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski Convenes Roundtable to Spotlight Unique Public Lands Issues in Western Communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday convened a roundtable to discuss the unique issues of access and development associated with public lands in the western United States. The roundtable focused on ways to restore balance to the management of our federal lands. Participants discussed the importance of greater access for economic and outdoor recreation opportunities, water resources management, the installation of renewable projects, mineral and energy development, conservation, and h… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murkowski, Udall Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the nation. Their resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women. "As we celebrate women across the globe on International Women's Day,… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Murkowski Launches Appropriations Request Page

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Appropriations Request form for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) is now available on her website. Senator Murkowski will continue to honor the earmark moratorium enacted on February 1, 2011; however, she wants to hear directly from Alaskans to know and understand their needs in her role as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Murkowski Congratulates Don Young on Becoming Longest-Serving Republican in History

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski offered her congratulations to her Alaskan colleague Congressman Don Young, who reached the milestone of becoming the longest-serving Republican in the history of Congress. Congressman Young has honorably served in the House of Representatives for 46 years. "My dear friend and colleague Congressman Don Young continues to make history. Congressman Don Young is now officially the longest serving Republican member of Congress in history and the 9th longest serving membe… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Senator Murkowski Speaks on National Emergency Declaration, Upholding Separation of Powers

As the Senate prepares this month to vote on a joint resolution to terminate the President's national emergency declaration, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor on her support to uphold the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. CLICK HERE for video of Senator Murkowski's floor speech. Speech excerpts: "It is certainly not based on disagreement over the issue of border security on our southern border. I recognize full well that the situation on the bor… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Durbin, Murkowski Reintroduce Bill to Restrict Kid-Friendly Flavors in E-Cigarettes-

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to crack down on kid-friendly flavorings in highly-addictive e-cigarettes and cigars. The Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act will place strong restrictions on e-cigarette flavorings and ban cigar flavorings altogether. U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO-01) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) introduced companion legislation in the House. "Ask any teacher, par… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Murkowski: Climate Change is a Policy Priority

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the electricity sector in a changing climate. The hearing featured witnesses from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), NextEra Energy, Rice University, and the Analysis Group. "Over the past several weeks, we have held hearings that looked at the energy markets of today, what could be the breakthrough energy technologies of tomorrow, and worldwide forecasts f… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce PFAS Action Act of 2019

U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) introduced legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Cassidy, Murkowski, Gardner Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S. 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects waiting to re… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Udall, Collins, Shaheen, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Terminate President’s National Emergency Declaration

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), along with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), introduced a bipartisan joint resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration and uphold the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. The resolution is a companion resolution to H.J.Res 46, which passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 245-182 earlier this week. On February 15, the president declared a national e… Continue Reading


02.28.19

IEA: Policy, Innovation, and Flexibility Key to U.S. Energy Leadership

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing where International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol testified about his agency's perspective on global energy markets. IEA, which was founded in 1974, now includes 30 member countries and is a leader on global energy policy and analysis. "Over the past decade, the United States has transformed into a dominant player in global energy markets. We ended the arbitrary prohibition on domestic crude oil exports a few y… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Brown, Collins, Baldwin and Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Police Officers, Teachers

Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure public sector workers and their families can receive full Social Security benefits after two previous statutes reduced them. The Senators' bill, the Social Security Fairness Act, would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) from the Social Security Act. Both of the statutes significantly r… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Sens. Coons, Murkowski, Harris introduce bill during Black History Month to recognize ‘Hidden Figures’ for contributions to U.S. leadership during the Space Race

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), along with 60 of their colleagues, introduced a bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill would also award a 5th Congressional Gold Medal to honor all women who contributed to NASA during the Space Race. The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate last… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Murkowski Votes to Confirm EPA Administrator

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: "Andrew Wheeler has proven himself during his tenure as Acting EPA Administrator as a leader who hears and takes seriously the concerns of Alaskans, and I believe he will continue to carry out the EPA's mission to ensure that we have clean air, clean water, as well as addressing significant challenges like climate change. Alaskans … Continue Reading


02.27.19

Baldwin, Murkowski, Ernst, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Reform to Ensure Coverage for Children Born with Congenital Anomalies or Birth Defects

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to ensure health insurance coverage for needed treatment and procedures for individuals born with congenital anomalies or birth defects. The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would close a coverage gap to ensure that health plans cover medically necessary services related to a patient's anomaly or birth defect, including any serious dental and oral-related pro… Continue Reading

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