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Murkowski, King Introduce Bill to Continue Geologic Mapping

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Angus King, I-Maine, this week introduced the National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization Act, which renews a national program for the geological mapping of the United States. Geologic maps are a multipurpose, basic data set used by public and private entities for resource exploration and extraction, natural hazards mitigation, ground and surface water management, environmental protection, and federal land management. "We don't have a detailed geologic… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on the Passing of Former Energy Committee Chairman Pete Domenici

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the passing of her former colleague, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who served as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2003 through 2008. "I am truly saddened by the loss of my friend, Sen. Pete Domenici. Pete was a lifelong public servant dedicated to the people of his home state of New Mexico. I appreciate his significant contributions to the Energy and Natural R… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Partnership on Microgrids Will Lead to Lower Energy Costs for Alaskans and Stronger Grid Resiliency for U.S.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended the Department of Energy (DOE) for awarding a $6.2 million grant to an Alaskan partnership that includes the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the City of Cordova, the Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC), the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), three national laboratories, and several other universities and industry partners. "I'm pleased to see the Department of Energy recognize the … Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, Casey and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will provide crucial new options for 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save more for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low- and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, incentivize employers to match employee contributions to their college savings, allow unused savings to be rolled over into a R… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Alaskan’s Priorities to Invest in and Strengthen Families and Communities

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. As a member of the committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski focused her efforts on funding programs that support Alaskan families, jobs, economic development, health, education, and safety. Referred to as "Labor-H", it has priorities such as funding to help families with high home heating costs, support for afterschool programs, as we… Continue Reading


Committee Reviews Key Interior and FERC Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider four of President Trump's nominees for key positions at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The nominees were Joe Balash to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at DOI; Ryan Nelson to be Solicitor at DOI; and Kevin McIntyre and Rich Glick to be members of FERC. Upon his confirmation, McIntyre will be design… Continue Reading


First Full Committee Health Care Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Health Committee hearing to address stabilizing premiums and helping individuals in the insurance market. Senator Murkowski was joined by Alaska State Insurance Division Director, Lori Wing-Heier, who testified before the committee about Alaska's efforts to address rising premiums, the results of those efforts, and the current need for market stability. The committee also heard from state insurance commissioners from Oklahoma, Pennsylvan… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Strengthen National Earthquake Resilience Program

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., today introduced the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act, a bill to reauthorize a national program to improve the nation's earthquake preparedness. The legislation modernizes earthquake-safety programs that help states like Alaska and California prepare for and respond to earthquakes. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Kamala Harris, D… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Drue Pearce on PHMSA Appointment

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK), today released the following statement after Drue Pearce was appointed to be Deputy Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation. PHMSA oversees the safe transportation of energy and hazardous materials within the United States. "I've known Drue for many years, from our time working together at Bank of the North in Fairbanks," Murkowski said. "She is a wonderful advocate for … Continue Reading


Murkowski, Feinstein Show Their Support for America’s Flower Farmers

Led by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the U.S. Senate passed a resolution supporting the American farmers and small business owners who engage in the American cut flower industry. The resolution designates July as "American Grown Flower Month" and also encourages Americans to support the farmers and small businesses that generate tens of thousands of jobs and nearly $42 million in economic impact each day. "While most Americans do not immediately think of Alas… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Help Increase Treatment Options for Terminally Ill

The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK), that gives terminally ill patients an alternative route to treatment, providing such patients options to access investigational agents not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act, improves care for patients through providing access to more individualized treatment from medical professionals, without undermining the FDA… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Fire Season Highlights Need for Legislative Solution for Wildfire Funding and Forest Management Reforms

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to conduct oversight of the nation's wildfire management programs and the use of emerging technologies to mitigate wildfire risk. She also reiterated her call for Congress to pass legislation that both ends fire borrowing and makes long-overdue forest management reforms. "Wildfires continue to be a growing crisis and are destroying lands across our country," Murkowski said. "As of August 1, nearly 39,000 fires had burned almost 5.5 mi… Continue Reading


Senate Restores FERC Quorum, Confirms Deputy Secretary of Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). "After six months, we have finally restored a working quorum to FERC," Murkowski said. "Mr. Chatterjee and Mr. Powelson certainly have their work cut out for them, but I'm confident they will work to quickly get this indepe… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm New FBI Director

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher Wray as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "Christopher Wray has distinguished himself both as an outstanding federal prosecutor and a preeminent criminal defense attorney. He was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 20-0, a level of support that reflects the confidence that Senators have in his skill and integrity. The 92-5 confirmation vo… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Appropriations Work Strengthens Alaska’s Communities, Fisheries

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill, which contains several priorities U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski secured for Alaska. As a member of this subcommittee, Murkowski included provisions to strengthen Alaska's world class fisheries, improve Arctic navigation and infrastructure, and support for critical initiatives such as the National Sea Grant Program. "The funds contained in this bill includ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Funding Critical to Meeting Transportation and Housing Needs in Alaska

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the Transportation, House, and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes several Alaska-specific provisions secured by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) such as the Essential Air Service, a vital program serving rural communities across Alaska. "Alaska's transportation needs are unique and diverse, and despite being ripe with opportunity, we have many needs that must be addressed such as a lack of in… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Funding for Excursion Inlet Bridge

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week announced that an agreement has been reached to pave the way for repairs of a key bridge at Excursion Inlet, which is necessary to help maintain operations of the salmon cannery at Excursion Inlet. The U.S. Forest Service was able to source bridge components currently in stock from the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest and will arrange to barge them to Southeast to facilitate repair of the bridge in an expedited manner. "I thank the Haines Bo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Healthcare Vote

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) made the following statement: "I voted no on the healthcare proposal last night because both sides must do better on process and substance. The Affordable Care Act remains a flawed law that I am committed to reforming with a structure that works better for all Americans. But to do that, the Senate must fully devote itself to an effort to improve the healthcare system in this country, reduce costs, increase access, and deliver the quality of care that our… Continue Reading


36 Senators Send Letter to Secretary Zinke in Support of New OCS Five-Year Leasing Program

A robust group of 36 Republican Senators today sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke in support of the Department of the Interior's new Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. The plan promises to increase offshore access and development, which will in turn boost our economy, keep energy affordable, and reinforce the United States' position as an energy dominant superpower. "Pursuing a new Five-Year Program will provide a meaningful review to guarantee… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Motion to Proceed Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement today about the Senate's vote to begin debate on a healthcare bill. "I have repeatedly said that healthcare reform, and especially major entitlement reform, should go through the committee process where stakeholders can weigh in and ideas can be vetted in a bipartisan forum. "I voted 'no' today to give the Senate another chance to take this to the committee process. "I still believe that's the best route, but we will now have… Continue Reading

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