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11.01.19

Senate Passes Murkowski’s Interior-Environment Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) today applauded Senate passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020. As chairman of the Interior Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) crafted a bill with funding to strengthen local economies, provide for basic necessities like water and wastewater infrastructure, and create safer and healthier communities. The Interior Subcommittee is responsible for funding agencies that are tasked with managing ou… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Funding Package Passes Senate

The Senate today passed, in vote of 84-9, a funding bill package that sets federal funding levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The funding package combines the FY 2020 Appropriations bills for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Commerce, Justice, Science; Interior-Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) had a sig… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Big Wins for Alaska in Interior Funding Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee today advanced the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020. The Interior Subcommittee is responsible for funding agencies that are charged with managing our public lands, ensuring clean water and clean air, meeting federal trust responsibilities for Native peoples, and funding cultural agencies and museums. As chairman of the Interior Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) crafted a bill with funding to st… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Murkowski Interior Bill Advances to Full Committee

The Senate Interior-Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee today advanced its FY2020 appropriations bill with funding to strengthen the economy, improve water and wastewater infrastructure, and create safer and healthier communities across the state. As chairman of the Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) worked to address a range of challenges, needs, and opportunities in Alaska by securing provisions to develop infrastructure projects, improve access to Nativ… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Murkowski Votes in Favor of Bipartisan Budget Deal

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 67 to 28 and now heads to the President to be signed into law. "This bipartisan agreement is necessary to provide fiscal certainty at the federal level. It's the result of a compromise and reflects priorities from both sides of the aisle. It provides for the common defense and national security by ensuring the comb… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Murkowski Comments on Budget Deal

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement regarding the budget deal reached by administration negotiators and congressional leadership: "While this budget agreement is far from perfect, it reflects real compromise. It prioritizes our nation's defense and our veterans and puts reasonable constraints on non-defense spending. It avoids controversial riders, reduces the prospect of a government shutdown, and allows us to move forward in the appropriations process. I comme… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Senator Murkowski Questions Administrator Wheeler over EPA Budget

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday, examining the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the hearing, Senator Murkowski reviewed programs within the EPA to ensure the agency is focusing on its core mission to protect the health of our communities as well as addressing unique situations and challenges Alaskan communities face with EPA regulations. "When I go home to Alaska, I see firs… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Funding Package to Improve Border Security, Strengthen Infrastructure and Invest in Communities Heads to President

Congress today passed a funding bill package that sets federal funding levels for Fiscal Year 2019, sending it to the president to be signed into law. The funding package combines the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations bills for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; State and Foreign Operations; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. As Chairman of… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Murkowski Interior Bill Secures Big Wins for Alaska

Both the Senate and House today passed a seven-bill appropriations package containing funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The package included U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) Interior-Environment bill, which passed both chambers and is a negotiated agreement that addresses a range of challenges, needs, and opportunities in Alaska. Senator Murkowski, chairman of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, secured provisions to strengthen Alaska's economy, improve wa… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Agreement Reached to Reopen the Government, Pay Federal Workers, and Address Border Security

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) welcomed the agreement made between Congress and the administration to immediately reopen the government, through a short-term Continuing Resolution, which will allow the Congress to work to negotiate a final Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and the remaining appropriations bills not yet enacted for Fiscal Year 2019. The Continuing Resolution will continue Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels through February 15. The Senate passed the agree… Continue Reading


01.24.19

Murkowski Statement on Voting to Reopen the Government and Address Border Security

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted on two measures to reopen the government. The first measure included an omnibus funding bill which combines all seven remaining appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, a $12.7 billion disaster aid package, and three years of relief for enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrants receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The second measure, a short-term continuing resolution, would continue Fiscal Year 2… Continue Reading


12.23.18

Murkowski Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement on the current partial government shutdown: "Shutting down the government, even partially, is no way to govern. It is disruptive, harmful, wasteful, and could leave hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors without paychecks over Christmas," Senator Murkowski said. "This year we worked hard to return to regular order in the appropriations process, voting bills out of committee and the Senate with strong bipartisan s… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Murkowski Votes in Favor of Funding Package to Benefit Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted in favor of the Conference Report for H.R. 6157, a funding package which includes the Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The funding package includes the largest pay raise for troops in nearly a decade, funding for a new national firefighter cancer registry, and support for high quality educational and job training opportunities for Alaskans … Continue Reading


09.13.18

First Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Package to President’s Desk

The Senate last night passed a conference report on a package to fund Energy and Water; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; and Legislative Branch for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a member of the Appropriations Committee, secured provisions that will increase energy efficiency, support our veterans, and increase critical military construction across the state of Alaska. This afternoon, the House passed the conference report, which n… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Murkowski Advances Alaskans’ Priorities in Funding Package

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of a funding package that includes the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations Act and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2019. As a senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murkowski had a significant role in crafting this package. The funding package passed in an 85-7 vote. The Senate bill must now be conferenced with the House version. The 2… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Senate Tees Up Senator Murkowski’s Interior Appropriations Bill

Today the U.S. Senate moved to consider its second Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 government funding package, which includes Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This marks the first time that the Interior bill has been on the floor for full Senate consideration since FY 2010. Senator Murkowski, a senior member on the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, was selected … Continue Reading


06.15.18

Murkowski Supports a Safer and More Prosperous Alaska

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Fiscal Year 2019 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, protect Alaskan ocean wildlife, improve Arctic infrastructure and research, and support other significant programs such as the National Sea Grant Program. In … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Murkowski: Big Impacts for Alaska in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Early today, the Senate passed a bill that sets federal funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year, providing the biggest defense spending increase in fifteen years and the largest pay increase for our troops in close to a decade. In addition, it makes significant investments in addressing school safety, fighting the opioid epidemic, and combatting substance abuse. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee and member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S.… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Murkowski Welcomes Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

Tonight U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement, establishing funding levels through the end of Fiscal Year 2019: "Our inability to fund the government frustrates every American, but is actually damaging to our military and the institutions Alaskans rely upon every day. This agreement is a signal that we can overcome partisan differences and find common ground in the interest of those we represent. Like any compromise, I do not supp… Continue Reading


01.22.18

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

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