FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Senator Lisa Murkowski weighed in on the partial government shutdown in a statement she released earlier this week. In the announcement, she discussed those impacted such as federal employees whose agencies are not yet funded for the fiscal year. Employees deemed non–essential are legally required to stay home and put on unpaid furlough. Essential employees who perform work related to life safety, property protection, health, emergency response, and other services determined critical by their agencies will be allowed to report for work.
Although National Parks have been closed, including those in Alaska, essential personnel will remain on–site.
Murkowski said in the press release, "We have to accept those realities and reopen the government as soon as possible. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on a solution to end this partial shutdown and fund the government.”