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On National Wear Red Day, Murkowski, Hirono Lead Effort to Recognize American Heart Month

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) led a bipartisan resolution designating February 2017 as American Heart Month, and Feb. 3, 2017 specifically as National Wear Red Day. The resolution (attached) is aimed to ensure support and commitment to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke by promoting education and awareness regarding the causes, risks, scientific research, prevention, and access to treatment and care. The resolution calls special attention to how cardiova… Continue Reading


Murkowski on New Iran Sanctions

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement in response to the new sanctions imposed on Iran, over the country's recent ballistic missile tests. "I applaud the administration's move to implement sanctions against organizations involved in Iran's ballistic missile program. I had contacted the previous administration with grave concerns about this program and expressed my view that it violates UN Security Council resolutions. America must remain vigilant against a nation … Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Protect Alaska’s Coal Mining Industry

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted in support of H.J. Res. 38, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution to overturn the Obama administration's so-called "Stream Protection Rule" (SPR). The resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 54-45 and now goes to President Trump for his signature. "In drafting this regulation, the Obama administration ignored the input and recommendations of states and stakeholders, and subverted the law to meet its policy objective-keeping c… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Mr. Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: "I believe that Rex Tillerson is a strong choice to be Secretary of State, given his vast experience around the globe and his background as a highly disciplined executive. He has proven himself an effective leader of a global organization and I believe he possesses the character and strength to speak truth to President Trump. I look forward to working with him on … Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces She Will Vote Against Education Secretary Nominee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that she will vote "no" when the Senate takes the final vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Senator Murkowski explained her reasoning on the Senate floor, saying: "I have serious concerns about a nominee to be Secretary of Education who has been so involved in one side of the equation - so immersed in the push for vouchers - that she may be unaware of what actually is successful in the public schools, and what i… Continue Reading


Murkowski Proudly Announces 2017 Military Academy Nominations

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proudly announced the names of 34 young Alaskans who she is nominating to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2021. "This year's selection of candidates embodies the traits and characteristics we expect from our men and women in uniform, and they truly make Alaska proud," said Senator Murkowski. "It is an honor for me to nominate such talented Alaskans to our service academies. Their willingness to dedicate themselves to our nation a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: "I am pleased with President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to meeting with him and discussing issues of importance to Alaskans. With Judge Gorsuch, western states like Alaska get an individual who understands our lives and lifestyles. He is respected by legal scholars across ideological bounda… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting to confirm Ms. Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation: "I have had the opportunity to know Elaine Chao in her capacity as Secretary of Labor and have great respect for her leadership and years of experience as a public servant. I have no doubt that Ms. Chao will also succeed at addressing our country's infrastructure needs as Secretary of Transportation. I am impressed by her commitment to innovate and develop inf… Continue Reading


Committee Approves Nominees for Energy, Interior Secretary

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to approve President Trump's nominees to be Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), and Secretary of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Rep. Zinke was reported favorably by a vote of 16 - 6, and Gov. Perry was reported favorably by a vote of 16 - 7. Chairman Murkowski supported both nominations, which now head to the Senate floor for confirmation. "I look forward to partnering with Congressman Z… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Education Secretary Nominee

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to refer Mrs. DeVos' nomination for the consideration of the full Senate. "I voted to move Betsy DeVos out of the HELP Committee because I have long held the belief that a President has the right to name their Cabinet and that the full Senate should have the opportunity to vote on those nominees. I also said that when it comes to the vote o… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski, Rep. Cheney Introduce Disapproval Resolutions for BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., today introduced disapproval resolutions in their respective chambers to overturn the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Resource Management Planning rule, which is commonly called "Planning 2.0", under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "The Obama administration's Planning 2.0 rule makes sweeping changes to how BLM develops resource management plans, shifts decision-making authority away from the impacted states… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Four Alaska Energy, Lands Bills

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, this week introduced four Alaska-focused bills. The bills would expand the use of clean, renewable hydropower to generate affordable electricity for Alaska communities, reroute a portion of a proposed gasline in Denali National Park and Preserve, and rename an existing wilderness area in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. "My top priority as chairman of the Energy Committee is to deliver for Alaska," Murkowski said. "These bills will boo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Again Named Chairman of Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was named Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. She has served as Chairman since 2015. "The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is critical to Alaska as it controls funding levels for federal agencies and departments that have a large presence in our state which affect the lives of Alaskans," said Senator Murkowski. "As Chairman, I have the ability to directly influence how these agencies operate, whether that's blocking … Continue Reading


Murkowski Releases Statement on President Trump’s National Security Team

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the nominees for Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director were confirmed by the Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support: "The Senate is back to work, confirming three members of the new administration's national security team - Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly, and CIA Director Pompeo - with more to come. It is a critical r… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Confirm General James Mattis as Defense Secretary

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after voting in favor of Retired General James N. Mattis as Secretary of Defense: "Every indication suggests that General Mattis will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. His leadership style is revered among our troops and veterans, and he is very knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing our national security. He appreciates the strategic importance of the Arctic and the need to improve our ability to pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary Nominee on Alaska Issues

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired the nomination hearing for President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Department of the Interior (Interior), Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Over the course of the hearing, Murkowski highlighted many energy, resource, and lands issues important to Alaska and the nation, stressing the importance of a cooperative approach between Congress and Interior. In her opening statement, Murkowski raised a series of decisions that the Obama administration'… Continue Reading


Senators Announce U.S. Judge Vacancy

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) seek to identify Alaska attorneys interested in serving on the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. This information will be used in recommending to the President one or more candidates to succeed Senior U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, whose seat became vacant after he elected to take senior status. Consistent with tradition, the Senators have asked the Alaska Bar Association to receive expressions of interest. The Alaska… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Enzi: New Report Suggests Improvements to Management of NPS Maintenance Backlog

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., today welcomed the release of a report they requested from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining the National Park Service's (NPS) deferred maintenance backlog. The report outlines the amount and composition of deferred maintenance reported within the NPS, the methodology the agency uses to determine maintenance priorities, and the need for the NPS to evaluate the effectiveness of its strategy for prioritizing maintenance… Continue Reading


Delegation Introduces Bill to Accelerate AMHT Land Exchange

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today introduced companion bills to accelerate an equal value land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (Trust) and the U.S. Forest Service. The legislation, which nearly passed last Congress, protects important community viewsheds, local trails, and other conservation values while expediting much-needed timber for local operators and generating new revenues for mental health services across the s… Continue Reading


Murkowski Takes Step Towards Repealing the “Un”-Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3), the vehicle to allow the Senate to repeal the failed Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. The resolution includes instructions to the Senate HELP and Finance Committees so that repeal can move a privileged process ensuring its expediency. "This is a first and necessary step towards delivering better healthcare for Alaskans. The ACA has harmed Alaskans for far too… Continue Reading

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