WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Republican leadership announced today that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“I am deeply gratified to be appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a panel that will allow me to continue to fight for the needs of Alaska, particularly as I gain seniority,” Murkowski said. “I recognize that the appropriations process has rightly come under additional scrutiny in recent years. As a new member of the committee, I will work to ensure that there is full accountability and transparency in the appropriations process and to serve as a guardian of the taxpayers’ money and a champion for Alaska.”

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MS, ranking Republican on the appropriations committee, welcomed Murkowski to the panel.

“I look forward to working with Sen. Murkowski in her new capacity as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,” Cochran said.  “She will bring valuable insight to the committee and help us in our efforts to appropriate taxpayer dollars in a responsible and timely manner.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky added: “Sen. Murkowski has a proven track record as a leader, both in Alaska and here in Washington, and will be an excellent addition to the Appropriations Committee.”

In order to accept the appropriations post, Murkowski had to give up her membership on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She will retain her senior position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She also will remain on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Appropriations subcommittee assignments will be determined shortly.