Press Releases

11.15.19

Senators Bill to Safeguard Funding for Protection and Safety of Olympic Athletes Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­- A group of senators, including Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, both (R-Alaska), introduced legislation this week that would safeguard funding for resources designated for the investigation of Olympic and amateur athlete abuse. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act was authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten… Continue Reading


11.15.19

Senators Bill to Safeguard Funding for Protection and Safety of Olympic Athletes Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­- A group of senators, including Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, both (R-Alaska), introduced legislation this week that would safeguard funding for resources designated for the investigation of Olympic and amateur athlete abuse. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act was authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten… Continue Reading


11.14.19

Troops Need More Than “Support” Rhetoric from Democrats, says Sullivan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) rebuked Senate Democrats yesterday on the floor of the Senate for continuing to filibuster defense appropriations, and House Democrats for refusing to reach a compromise in the conference committee with their Senate counterparts on the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both pieces of legislation are crucial for supporting ongoing national security priorities and properly resourcing America's military membe… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Ocean Plastics Bill Sails Through Senate Committee

by David Schultz

A bill that would combat plastic pollution in the ocean won approval in another Senate committee despite objections from one of the chamber's most active environmentalists. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved S. 1982, also known as the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, on a voice vote at a Nov. 13 markup. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), would create a federal marine debris foundation, establish a "genius prize" to encourage the development of solutions … Continue Reading


11.13.19

Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Advances Through Final Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) applauded the passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (introduced in whole as S. 1982) through the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced in June to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. Portions of the bill previously passed through the Senate Environment and Public Work… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Save Our Seas 2.0 tackles global marine debris crisis

by Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse & Sen. Bob Menendez

OPINION - We may have plenty of political differences, but we come from coastal states. That means we have a front-row seat to the peril of plastic waste and marine debris flowing into our oceans at the rate of around 8 million metric tons per year. We understand what it will mean for our fishing and tourism industries when the weight of plastic in our oceans equals the weight of fish in the sea - something projected to happen by mid-century. We don't have a moment to lose in confronting this pr… Continue Reading


11.11.19

Senator Sullivan Recognizes Alaska’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, released the following video message recognizing and thanking veterans for their sacrifice and service to the United States of America. Senator Sullivan Continues to Fight for Veterans: "When we talk about service to our country, Alaska is at the forefront of that conversation,"said Senator Sullivan. "Our great state boasts more veterans per capita than any other state in… Continue Reading


11.08.19

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Perry Green

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) yesterday recognized Perry Green, of Anchorage, Alaska, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. His family business, David Green Master Furrier, is iconic in Anchorage. Perry, a man of deep faith, has for decades selflessly given back to his community through countless board memberships and fundraising events. Perry is especially generous to causes that raise money for America's men and women in uniform. Senator Sullivan recognized Perry as part of … Continue Reading


11.07.19

Sullivan Honors Four Educators as Alaskans of the Week

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) yesterday recognized Joshua Hall and Jennifer Childress, teachers at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Dawn Wilcox, a teacher at Campbell Elementary in Anchorage, and Angie Wright, a teacher at Auke Bay Elementary in Juneau, on the floor of the Senate. The four Alaska educators were among 215 teachers across the country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced by the White House in October… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds $25 Million BUILD Grant for Port of Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $25 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to the Port of Alaska, located in Anchorage. "The Port of Alaska - which provides the vast majority of the food, construction materials, fuel, and other vital goods that Alaskans rely on - is in danger from crumbling infrastructure," said the Al… Continue Reading


11.05.19

Sullivan, Murkowski, Warren, McSally, Tester, Harris, Gillibrand and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC -- United States Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the Senate companion to a House resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and calling for the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend … Continue Reading


10.31.19

Senate Democrats Filibuster Critical Troop Funding for Ninth Time Since 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today took to the Senate floor to rebuke Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats for filibustering the defense appropriations bill, the ninth such filibuster since 2015. The legislation, which includes critical funding for America's troops serving overseas, passed out of committee with unanimous bipartisan support. "Since I've been in the Senate, there's been no bill filibustered more by Senate Democrats than the bi… Continue Reading


10.27.19

Sullivan Statement on the Death of ISIS Leader Baghdadi

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement regarding the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Congratulations to President Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley, Defense Secretary Esper, and most importantly the incredible men and women in our special forces and intelligence services, on the successful raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "There has been a lot of focus over the past few weeks on the Trump… Continue Reading


10.26.19

EDITORIAL: Every human should be alarmed by the plastic crisis in our oceans

by Editorial Board

"WITHOUT CHANGE," warns a bipartisan group of senators, "there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the oceans by 2050." Some of the signs of this growing crisis are visible: sea turtles caught in discarded fishing nets; piles of trash floating in the ocean; birds and fish stranded in plastic six-pack rings. But much of the trash in the ocean is not so obvious. National Geographic reports that the iconic Great Pacific Garbage Patch - also known as the Pacific trash vortex - is … Continue Reading


10.25.19

Senators Sullivan and Markey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Health of Oceans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced S. 2699, the Ocean, Coastal and Estuarine Acidification Necessitates (OCEAN) Research Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation, which lapsed in 2012. The bill strengthens investment in research and monitoring of poorly-unders… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Murkowski, Sullivan, Schatz, Hirono Urge FCC to Stop Plan That Threatens Funding For Programs That Help Millions of Americans Access Phone And Internet Services

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i) called on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to end his efforts that would threaten funding for programs that help millions of Americans in rural communities access telephone and internet services. "Especially in rural areas, USF programs have been key to redefining access to services and ensuring that the most vulnerable Ame… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Alaska Delegation Pays Tribute to Senator Ted Stevens

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens and his contributions to Alaska and the nation. The Alaska Congressional Delegation joined members of the Stevens family, friends, congressional colleagues, and former staff at a ceremonial unveiling of a portrait of Senator Stevens, which will be hung in the U.S. Capitol. At the time he left office, Senator Stevens… Continue Reading


10.23.19

SPEECH: Honoring Alaska's Late Senator Ted Stevens

Mr. President, I want to add my voice in recognizing what an important day it is here. I want to thank the Senators from Alabama and Mississippi and, of course, my good friend Senator Murkowski. Many other Senators--the Senators from California, Iowa--all came to the floor already today to talk about this great American, this great Alaskan. I try to come to the floor about once a week, and I do a speech that I call the ``Alaskan of the Week'' to talk about an Alaskan who has done great s… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds Historic DOJ Public Safety Investments for Alaska

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today applauded the Department of Justice's announcement that Attorney General Barr will award $42 million in grant funding to improve public safety in rural Alaska. Specifically, the funding aims to address the lack of law enforcement in communities across Alaska through support for Alaska Native villages, tribes, and victim services. Attorney General Barr made the announcement during a teleco… Continue Reading


10.16.19

Senators Sullivan, Murkowski Praise Nomination of Joshua Kindred

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded President Donald J. Trump's announcement on his intent to nominate Joshua Kindred to serve as United States District Court Judge for the District of Alaska. "I congratulate Joshua on being nominated to serve on the federal bench for the District of Alaska," said Senator Sullivan. "With his extensive criminal and trial experience, combined with a deep understanding of Alaska and Alaska-centric federal l… Continue Reading

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