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11.19.20

Alaska Congressional Delegation Files Amicus Brief in Support of Alaska Native Corporations

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari in support of Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) eligibility for tribal assistance appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The amicus brief states that the indigenous peoples of Alaska will suffer severe negative consequences as a result of the D.C. Circuit Court… Continue Reading


11.05.20

ICYMI: Vaccine Discussion with Senator Murkowski and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Zink in Light of COVID-19 and Flu Season

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) held a virtual discussion with Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, last week to discuss vaccines and the important role of seasonal influenza vaccinations as Alaskans continue to face the health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. They covered everything from efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the need for preventing a bad flu season, Alaskan concerns regarding vaccines, and efforts to prepare for a COVID-19 vaccine. … Continue Reading


10.23.20

ICYMI: TIME Op-Ed by Senators Hassan, Murkowski on Their Bipartisan Efforts to Ensure a Future COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective

In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wrote a piece for TIME on the importance of a transparent vaccine review process that maintains key oversight measures to ensure that a future COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and to boost public confidence. The Senators recently introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follow well-established measures so that COVID-… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Amidst a Pandemic & Ahead of Flu Season, Murkowski and Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter Calling for Americans to Receive Critical Immunizations

Amidst a pandemic and ahead of flu season, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Tina Smith (D-MN), called on the Administration - in partnership with state and local governments - to ensure all Americans continue receiving necessary immunizations to prevent additional illness and outbreaks. In a letter to the leaders of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bipartisan lawmakers… Continue Reading


09.30.20

Duckworth, Murkowski Urge Senate Leadership to Include Head Start Funding in a Future COVID Relief Package

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership requesting that any future COVID-19 relief package include emergency funding for Head Start programs that have experienced an uptick in operational costs due to expanded programming and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Start programs deliver high-quality, evidence-based education and comprehensive services to children across the country. During this public health crisis, the or… Continue Reading


09.25.20

Alaska Delegation Criticizes Circuit Court Ruling Against Native Corporations

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today commented on a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit determining Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) are ineligible for tribal assistance appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The ruling overturns an earlier June 26 ruling by a U.S. District Court that concluded ANCs are eligible for the aid. "We strongly disagree with the D.C. Circuit Court'… Continue Reading


09.24.20

White House COVID-19 Task Force Provides an Update on the Federal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As communities in Alaska and across the country work to address the health and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Senate HELP Committee hearing focused on the COVID-19 federal response. The hearing included information on testing, data collection and vaccine development, and how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used funding provided by Congress to support state, territorial, tribal, and local public health capacit… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Manchin, Murkowski Request Information On Covid-19 Impact On Homeless Families And Youth

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) requested information from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families and children. The Senators also asked if the ACF had the resources needed to help those in need during the pandemic and if the Emergency Family Stabilization Act (EFSA), introduced by Senators Manchin and Murkowski, would provide the necessary resources. The Senators said in part, "As our nation continues to g… Continue Reading


09.10.20

Murkowski Votes to Advance Targeted Covid-19 Relief Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today voted to advance a targeted COVID-19 Relief bill package, focused on addressing some of America's most urgent healthcare, education, and economic issues. The procedural vote failed by a vote of 52-47, shy of the 60 votes needed. "It's so important that we work to provide necessary relief to Americans in order to address the continued impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses, employees, families, and individuals. While this targeted relief packag… Continue Reading


08.13.20

Senator Murkowski Comments on Governor Dunleavy Approving Extension of Federal UI Benefits for Alaskans

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement on Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy's authorization of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to begin the FEMA application process and utilize state UI Trust Funds for an extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits. Alaskans who receive UI benefits will now be given a $300 weekly increase. "COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation which has created anxiety and stress on far too many individuals and famili… Continue Reading


08.12.20

Braun, Murkowski, Perdue, and Scott Honor Essential Workers with Disabilities in Senate Resolution

U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), David Perdue (R-GA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the contributions of essential workers with disabilities to keep America running during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanking them for continuing to provide vital services to Americans during these difficult times. This resolution comes as the United States commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and celebrates the vital con… Continue Reading


08.09.20

Murkowski Comments on Covid Relief

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today made the following statement after President Trump took executive action this weekend to extend federal unemployment benefits, defer payroll taxes, extend moratoriums on evictions, and defer student loan payments. "I'm disappointed that Congress could not reach an agreement this week to provide much needed relief to the American people, prompting the President to take these actions. These steps will help provide temporary relief to struggling Americans i… Continue Reading


08.06.20

Murkowski Speaks on Alaska’s COVID-19 Heroes on the U.S. Senate Floor

During a speech on the U.S. Senator floor, U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) commended Alaska's unsung heroes of the COVID-19 response effort, including Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink. CLICK HERE for video of Senator Murkowski's floor speech. SPEECH EXCERPTS: "There are many men and women across the country that are doing extraordinary work responding on the health side, as well as responding to the economic impact-the economic fallout-due to the COVID-19 pandemic." "As di… Continue Reading


08.04.20

Senators Hassan, Braun, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Safety and Efficacy of Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation to maintain critical safeguards to help assure the public that a potential COVID-19 vaccine that receives emergency use authorization is safe and effective. The Safe Authorization for Vaccines during Emergencies (SAVE) Act also aims to improve public confidence in a potential COVID-19 vaccine by increasing the transparency of the vaccine approval process. "As we work to get a poten… Continue Reading


07.31.20

ICYMI: Murkowski Joins Heinrich, Daines Legislation To Extend Deadline For Tribes To Spend CARES Act Funding

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Steve Daines (R-MT) in introducing legislation that extends the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to tribal governments from December 30, 2020, to December 30, 2022. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocated $8 billion for tribal governments under the Coronavirus Relief Fund. However, Indian Country did not… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Peters, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Effort to Support Veteran Workforce Development During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced a bipartisan effort to support veteran workforce development during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators introduced bipartisan legislation to extend GI Bill benefits for veterans whose registered apprenticeships were cut short or ended due to COVID-19. Currently, veterans must meet a minimum number of apprenticeship hours to receive their full Monthly Housing Allowance. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many regis… Continue Reading


07.29.20

King, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Enhance Testing, Tracing Protocols

U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have introduced legislation to establish a grant program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help enhance coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and supported isolation efforts. The COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act's grants could be used to support programs that use mobile health units or work through community-based organizations, provide coronavirus testing, conduct contac… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Shaheen, Murkowski Introduce New Legislation to Waive Provision in Law Preventing Smaller States from Accessing Necessary Financial Support for Community Services

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation that would address the "maximum allotment" provision that is significantly limiting the amount of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief funds that can be awarded to smaller states through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The Senators' bill waives the provision for the purposes of the CARES Act and any future supplemental CSBG funding provided by Congress for the remai… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Murkowski: Public Land Users Have Been Hit Hard By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on users of public lands, forests, and national parks. The committee received testimony from witnesses representing the outdoor recreation industry, ranchers, water providers, state wildlife agencies, and a nonprofit foundation that partners with the National Park Service. In her opening statement, Murkowski called attention to the 22 percent drop in visitation to national parks, which … Continue Reading


07.22.20

Murkowski Supports PPP Forgiveness Legislation for Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently co-sponsored the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Cramer originally introduced the bill with Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). "We appreciate our colleagues signing on to this important legislation," said Senator Cramer. "The bill is a commonsense move which would give small businesses peace of mind by eliminating unnecessary burea… Continue Reading

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