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Murkowski Looking at Cuts to Interior’s Budget After Repeated, Unlawful Resource Restrictions in Alaska

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today suggested she would seek to cut the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) budget, unless and until the Department stops targeting responsible resource development in Alaska and returns to following federal law and the balanced management it provides for the state’s federal lands. Haaland appeared at a hearing held by the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, where Murkowski is Ranking Member, to testify about the Biden administration’s bu… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Approves Three More FY24 Appropriations Bills

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured investments for Alaska in the Energy and Water; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD); and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations Act of 2024, which were approved by the committee will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. Within these three bills, Murkowski secured wins for Alaska's energy, water, and Arctic-rel… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Year-End Omnibus Packed with Good News for Alaska

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an omnibus package that contains all 12 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior Appropriator, helped write major parts of the bill and secured significant funding and assistance for Alaska throughout it. She championed provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, accelerate workforce development, and support military… Continue Reading


Murkowski Fights to Secure Municipality of Anchorage Priorities through FY2023 Appropriations Bills

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently published the majority's proposal for the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) appropriations bills. As a senior member of the Committee and Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) included $491 million in Congressionally Directed Spending for more than 130 local projects throughout Alaska, which includes over $141.2 million to directly support the Municipality of Anchorage. "The return of Con… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes Against Tax-and-Spend Reconciliation Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted against the partisan budget reconciliation bill, which includes dramatic spending and tax increases over the next decade. Senate Democrats chose to skip the traditional committee process, released a 755-page substitute text mere hours before it was taken up by the full Senate, and eventually passed the measure on a party-line basis, with the Vice President having to break a tie vote on final passage in the evenly divided Senate. "I voted against th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Reconciliation Proposal

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today commented on her opposition to the partisan budget reconciliation bill that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is expected to bring to the Floor for debate this week or weekend. According to preliminary estimates, the measure includes $433 billion in new spending and $739 billion in tax increases over the next decade. "While I continue to review the changing draft text, one thing that is abundantly clear is that the Democrat reconciliation bill … Continue Reading


Murkowski Issues Statement on Latest GDP Report

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce released data showing real gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2022, following a decline of 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2022. Two consecutive quarters of GDP decline indicate the U.S. economy is in recession. "Between falling GDP, rising interest rates, high gas prices, the highest inflation in four decades, stagnating wage growth, and war… Continue Reading


Grant Roundup: Senator Murkowski Announces Federal Grants to Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the senior Senator for Alaska and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the following grants to organizations, Tribal entities, and communities in Alaska: Alaska-Statewide: $115.4 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing and community development activities ranging from affordable housing development to public housing modernization to economic opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes. Alaska-… Continue Reading


President Signs FY22 Funding Bill into Law

President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law yesterday. The bill includes Congressionally Directed Spending allocations U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) secured for over 65 local projects in Alaska, through a new process which restores Alaskans' ability to have a voice in federal budget decisions by helping to identify and address needs in the state. In addition to funding priorities for Alaskan communities and emergency aid for Ukraine, the bill includ… Continue Reading


Murkowski Delivers Big Wins for Alaska in Interior Appropriations Bill

Today President Biden signed into law an omnibus appropriations package containing funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2022. The package includes the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee's bill, which Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) negotiated as the panel's Ranking Member. Murkowski secured provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, improve water and wastewater infrastructure, and create safer and healthier communities across the state. "Through this omnibus bill, I've again use… Continue Reading


What Alaskans Are Saying: Alaska Local Projects to Benefit from Congressionally Directed Spending Allocations

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, directed Congressionally Directed Spending allocations to over 65 local projects in Alaska in the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which is expected to be signed into law this week. The new Congressionally Directed Spending process restores Alaskans' ability to have a voice in federal budget decisions by helping to identify and address needs in the state. Click here for the full list of Congres… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Alaska Funding Priorities in Appropriations Bills

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the Appropriations Committee posted the remaining nine Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills, including the Interior-Environment appropriations bill of which Senator Murkowski serves as the Ranking Member: "The Appropriations bills posted earlier this week are a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly. On the good side, I am pleased that we were successful in including so many priorities from Alaskans for local projects … Continue Reading


Murkowski Directs Significant Funding for Alaska

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs; Energy and Water Development; and Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. As a senior member on the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) worked to invest in programs and projects critical to Alaskans, including utilizing the opportunity to fund local projects through Congressionally Directe… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes Against $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Measure

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting against the S.Con.Res.14, FY2022 Budget Resolution: "The Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget bill is a wish list that is wasteful, irresponsible, and paid for by increasing taxes on middle class families. Reckless spending will not put our economy back on track, and will further increase inflation when the Biden administration has yet to get funding from his $2 trillion wholly partisan American Rescue Plan out the door. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Measure

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to S.Con.Res.14, FY2022 Budget Resolution, a $3.5 trillion spending measure: "Today Americans are able to witness the best and the worst here in the United States Senate. "The best-the Senate just passed on a strong bipartisan basis, an historic infrastructure package focused on core, legacy infrastructure that will create new jobs and benefits that will pay forward for Americans for … Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Senate Passage of Interior Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded Senate passage of an Appropriations Package for Fiscal Year 2021, which included the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. As chairman of the Interior Subcommittee, Murkowski crafted a bill which invests in health and wellness, reduces regulatory burdens, increases economic opportunity, improves Alaskans' abilities to respond to natural disasters, support for the arts and humanities, and more. "Building on my long-standing efforts to address issu… Continue Reading


Critical Year-End Bill Package Passes U.S. Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded Senate passage of a year-end omnibus bill, which includes 12 appropriations bills to fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2021, among which is Senator Murkowski's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This historic funding package also includes a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package; Senator Murkowski's bipartisan, bicameral Energy Act of 2020; a bipartisan compromise to address the issue of Surpr… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today made the following statement after voting in favor of a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels through December 18, 2020: "Today I supported a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through December 18, to keep the government functioning and to avoid adding unnecessary economic strain on hard-working Americans. For the thousands of Alaskans that are federal employees and contractors, and for all Americans who rely… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Hassan Push Legislation to Extend Deadline For Communities to Spend CARES Act Funding through September 2021

- U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced legislation that extends the period during which States, Indian Tribes, territories, and local governments may use Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) payments, allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. If enacted, this bipartisan legislation will allow the relief funds to be used until September 30, 2021, rather than the original deadline of the end of this year, December 30, 2020. The CAR… Continue Reading


Appropriations Bills for Fiscal Year 2021 Unveiled

This week the Appropriations Committee released all twelve of its Fiscal Year 2021 draft funding bills. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. "Our full Committee and subcommittees worked hard on these bills as it's critically important that we fund agencies and programs vital to Americans and our communities." Senator Murkowski said. "As Americans grapple with the health and economic imp… Continue Reading

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