Press Releases

02.17.17

Sullivan Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today joined 51 of his colleagues in voting to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "Over the past eight years, Alaskans and all Americans have witnessed the EPA, under the leadership of Gina McCarthy, acting well outside the bounds of its legal authority, and with a disregard for the input of states and individuals impacted by its regulations," said Senator Sull… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Sullivan Statement on Mike Dubke as White House Communications Director

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today on President Trump's appointment of Mike Dubke to be White House Communications Director. "I couldn't think of a better choice for White House Communications Director than Mike Dubke," said Senator Sullivan. "Over the past few years, he has been a trusted advisor of mine, and is a seasoned communicator with more than 25 years of experience in Washington, DC advancing a conservative, pro-growth agenda. Often… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Sullivan Comments on House Passage of Resolution to Reverse Harmful U.S. Fish and Wildlife Management Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of H.J. Res. 69, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn an August 2016 final rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that significantly undermines public participation and restricts the state's ability to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuge lands in Alaska. "This unlawful and unprecedented Fish and Wildlife rule stands out as a … Continue Reading


02.15.17

Sullivan Thanks Gov. Walker for Opioid Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today thanked Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson for declaring a state emergency yesterday in response to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the state. "I want to thank Governor Walker and Commissioner Davidson for their state disaster declaration, which will put significant resources forward to combat the opioid epidemic harming too many families and communities across Alaska," said Sena… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Sullivan Votes to Halt Rule Denying Second Amendment Rights to Citizens with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC--Today Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) voted to rescind an Obama administration rule that requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System anyone who receives benefits for certain disabilities and who the SSA believes needs a representative payee to help manage these benefits. Under the rule - which was issued during President Obama's final days in office - some Social Security recipients face the loss of their Second… Continue Reading


02.12.17

Sullivan Statement on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Test

ANCHORAGE, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today regarding North Korea's ballistic missile test: "Yesterday's missile test by North Korea - and the two recent tests by Iran - are just the latest reasons why the U.S. needs to invest in a much stronger missile defense system. Both of these rogue nations aspire to have nuclear weapons that they can use to threaten American cities. When, not if, the unstable leaders of North Korea and Iran get this capabilit… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: AlexAnna Salmon

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of AlexAnna Salmon, of Igiugig, a leader and advocate for pioneering new efforts to better her community and ensure access to a sustainable supply of food and energy. Salmon was recognized as part of Senator Sullivan's series, "Alaskan of the Week." The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: TRIBUTE TO ALEXANNA SALMON Madam President, these past few weeks I hav… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Gardner, Sullivan React to President Trump’s Conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statements today in reaction to President Trump's phone call yesterday evening with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "I am encouraged by President Trump's recent discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where President Trump reaffirmed the United States' recognition of the 'One China' policy," said Senator Sullivan. "The Congress has a long history of involvement on this issue, including the pass… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Senator Sullivan Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) issued the following statement today after meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. "I was honored to once again meet with Prime Minister Abe. We had a constructive conversation today about deepening the military, economic and trade, as well as energy relationship between our two countries. I highlighted Alaska's longstanding role as a reliable supplier of LNG to Japan for over 40 years. "Prime Minister Abe is a once-in-a-generatio… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Sullivan Votes to Confirm Sessions as Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today after voting in support of President Trump's nominee for Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions: "I was pleased to vote for Senator Jeff Sessions to be our next U.S. Attorney General. Senator Sessions is an outstanding public servant who has worked tirelessly for decades for his constituents in Alabama and for all Americans across the country. Senator Sessions' colleagues know him as a… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Sullivan Welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Abe to U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the eve of his visit to the United States, and spoke on the Senate floor regarding the importance of America's alliances to national and global security. "Our alliances are one of the most important strategic advantages that the United States has at hand," said Senator Sullivan. "We are ally rich, and our enemies or potential adversarie… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Sullivan Votes to Confirm Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today after voting in support of President Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. "Today I voted for Betsy DeVos to be the next Secretary of Education. During my meeting with her, I was satisfied that Ms. DeVos truly cares about the education of all of Alaska's children - both in our rural and our urban areas - and, like me, fundamentally believes that education decisions are b… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Alaska Delegation Introduces Resolution Honoring Denali National Park and Preserve Centennial

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today introduced resolutions in their respective chambers to honor Denali National Park and Preserve's upcoming centennial. The resolution designates Feb. 26, 2017, the park's 100th anniversary, as "Denali National Park and Preserve Day." It reflects on the cultural history of the area, including traditional and Alaska Native uses before Denali was designated as a park, and traces many of … Continue Reading


02.07.17

Sullivan, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Honor Vietnam Helicopter Crews

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced S. 315, the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, which would direct the Secretary of the Army to place a small monument in Arlington National Cemetery honoring the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War. Companion legislation was simultaneously introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV). "The Vietnam War has colloquially been known as the 'Helicopter War' due to … Continue Reading


02.03.17

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Andrew Kurka

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of Andrew Kurka of Palmer, a world-class Alaskan Paralympic skier who recently won his first World Championship at a race in Tarvisio, Italy. Kurka was recognized as part of Senator Sullivan's series, "Alaskan of the Week." The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: TRIBUTE TO ANDREW KURKA Mr. President, in the last few weeks I have come to the floor to recogni… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Sullivan Statement on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Treasury announced new sanctions against Iran: "I applaud the Trump administration's announcement today that new sanctions will be placed against Iran," said Senator Sullivan. "Since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian regime has been intent on undermining it at every turn, and yet none of the… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Sullivan, Daines Introduce Measures to Split the Ninth Circuit Court

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced two bills to address failures in America's system of justice by restructuring the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which, because of its size and scope, denies citizens in its jurisdiction equal access to justice. The Circuit Court of Appeals Restructuring and Modernization Act would split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals into two circuits: the Ninth and the Twelfth Circuits. Th… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Sullivan Votes to Overturn Assault On Coal

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) voted in support of H.J. Res. 38, a motion of disapproval to overturn the Obama Administration's rule on stream buffer zones for coal mining. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn regulations that were published in the previous 60 legislative days. "This job-killing rule was issued by the Obama administration without considering the concerns and comments raised during the rulemaking process. What is worse the prev… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Don’t ‘tear up’ the Iran deal. Let it fail on its own.

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would "tear up" the Iran nuclear deal once elected. Many of us in the Senate strongly opposed this deal on substance - it provides the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism a pathway toward to nuclear weapons inside of a decade - and also on process. The Obama administration sought the approval of the U.N. Security Council, but essentially ignored the constitutional role of the Senate in seeking to finalize the deal as an executive agreement, not a treat… Continue Reading


02.01.17

VA Nominee Shulkin Commits to Restoring the Trust of Alaska Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, today received the commitment of Dr. David Shulkin to address the deficiencies of the Choice Program in Alaska, to ensure our state's program on community-based scheduling continues on track, and to visit rural Alaska if confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In August 2015, Dr. Shulkin, as the VA Undersecretary of Health, traveled to Alaska at the request of Senator Sullivan, where they held rou… Continue Reading

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