President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.
The White House today released an outline of President Donald Trump’s first budget. As expected, the document calls for cutting government programs to offset a big increase in defense spending. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Congress is not going to pass this budget.
Scientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday released their plan to replace former President Obama’s signature health care law. The new plan would phase out the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. The House proposal offers tax credits to help people buy insurance if they don’t get it through their jobs. But those tax credits are far less generous to Alaskans than the subsidies in existing law.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she hopes she’ll finally get approval for a road to connect King Cove to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay with the new secretary. Zinke seems sympathetic to the need for what she called a “life-saving road,” Murkowski said.
A group of U.S. senators – including one Alaskan – is asking the Justice Department to keep existing guidance on marijuana laws. The request came in a letter signed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., and nine other senators. They asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue upholding the Cole Memo — a 2013 document stating that Federal officials will not take enforcement action in states that have opted to legalize and regulate cannabis.
The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages, according to an article in the Washington Post on Wednesday, March. 1. The article said the Trump administration’s plans for the EPA budget also include trimming grants to states by 30 percent and eliminating climate-change initiatives.