Press Releases

04.02.20

Sullivan and Cramer On Saudi Arabia Cutting Oil Production

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) released the following statements on President Trump's news that Saudi Arabia has agreed to work with OPEC to stabilize the energy market by decreasing oil production. Both Senators have led the effort to get Saudi Arabia to cut production and both received calls from the Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United States Reema bint Bandar Al Saud announcing the news. "While I appreciated the Saudi Ambassador's call toda… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Information and Resources on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

I know that Alaskans are concerned about the unfolding COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information about the virus, including information about how to protect yourself and answers to questions about how prevention efforts could affect day-to-day life. The COVID-19 coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-p… Continue Reading


03.27.20

U.S. senators, congressman address COVID-19 pandemic

by Senator Dan Sullivan, Senator Lisa Murkowski & Congressman Don Young

We understand what a challenging and unprecedented time this is for Alaskans. The COVID-19 virus has been an evolving pandemic, spreading worldwide and severely disrupting life across America and our state. Alaskans are worried not only about their personal health and the impacts that Alaska's health systems may face, but also the potential short-and long-term economic impacts on working families, jobs and small businesses across the state. But in true Alaska fashion, folks in the state hav… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Senators Introduce Legislation to Remove United States Armed Forces from Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation this week to remove United States Armed Forces from Saudi Arabia. "The United States has been a strong and reliable partner to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for decades," said Senator Sullivan. "That partnership has included a long history of helping to protect Saudi Arabia from threats in the region, including a recent surge in U.S. troop presen… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Alaska Delegation Applauds HHS Grants to Prevent and Combat COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation applauded funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to health care providers across Alaska. This funding became available through legislation passed earlier this month, providing $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the spread of COVID-19. "The COVID-19 epidemic represents uncharted territory for our country. Our doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are on the front lines, and they should be prov… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Major Economic Relief Package Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate tonight passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bill to provide major relief to families, small businesses and their employees, as well as to stabilize our economy and protect jobs. The bill also provides a surge of support for bolstering the healthcare response during this COVID-19 pandemic. As the third legislative package included in the broader Congressional emergency response effort, this bill will provide Americans with dire… Continue Reading


03.24.20

Sullivan Lauds Trump Administration Delay of REAL ID Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today applauded the Trump administration for announcing yesterday the delay of the October 1 deadline for Americans to obtain federally-compliant driver's licenses or identification cards, known as REAL ID. On March 9, after consulting with Alaskans, particularly rural Alaska leaders and residents, Senator Sullivan sent a letter to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf urging them to postpone the REAL ID implem… Continue Reading


03.24.20

Senators Call for Task Forces to Streamline Vaccine Development, Medical Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, led by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), have sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the Trump administration to establish two temporary task forces, one to "expedite and coordinate the development of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments," and the other to "coordinate medical supply shortages and the development of innovative solutions to address these shortages." "Working with members of your … Continue Reading


03.21.20

Small Business Administration Approves Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Alaska Congressional Delegation announced the availability of economic injury disaster loans for Alaska small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus, pursuant to the recently passed Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. "We… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Sullivan, Murkowski Urge Secretary of Commerce to Investigate Russia and Saudi Arabia Excessive Dumping in Oil Markets

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska), joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to investigate excessive dumping of oil by Russia and Saudi Arabia that has destabilized global oil markets. They were joined in sending the letter by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.). The full text o… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Package for COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act aimed at bolstering the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help mitigate the health and economic impacts of the outbreak. The bill ensures COVID-19 testing is free for Americans, secures paid sick leave as well as family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance to help workers, and ensures that students, seniors, and low-income households can continue to acce… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Sullivan Updates Alaskans on Congressional Actions related to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today issued a message to Alaskans about the challenging and unprecedented time the country and the state are in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Sullivan gave an update on what he's working on in D.C., to help Alaskans through the physical and economic challenges they are currently facing and the challenges ahead. TRANSCRIPT: Hello to my fellow Alaskans. First, I want to say that I understand what a challenging and unpre… Continue Reading


03.16.20

U.S. Senators Urge Saudis to Stabilize the Global Energy Market

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, 13 U.S. senators, led by Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), wrote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud urging the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to halt its recent efforts to boost oil production and lower crude oil prices as the United States and the rest of the world struggle with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has been engaged in actions in global energy markets that have l… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Sullivan Urges Dept. of Energy to Fill Strategic Petroleum Reserve with American Oil

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) took action to help stabilize American energy markets and Alaska's economy and fiscal future by calling on the U.S. Department of Energy to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with only American-produced oil, including oil from Alaska. On Friday, President Trump announced that he was directing the Department of Energy to purchase crude oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an emergency fuel storage. More than 77 million barrels of… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Sullivan Statement on the First Reported Coronavirus Case in Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) issued the following statement on the first reported COVID-19 case in Alaska: "The health and well-being of Alaskans is my top priority. We are some of the most resilient people anywhere and, working together, we can limit the spread and lessen the impact of this virus. The individual in this case followed the appropriate protocol - by self-reporting - and our dedicated medical professionals were prepared. "Last week, we passed an e… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Sullivan Honors Alaskans of the Week: Boys from Nunam Iqua

WASHINGTON, DC - On the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) recognized Christopher and Frank Johnson, and Ethan and Trey Camille. From Nunam Iqua, these young Alaskans - ranging in ages 14 to two years old - stuck together, toughed it out, looked out for one another when, on February 2, they got lost on the tundra in a blizzard for more than 24 hours. Senator Sullivan recognized these Alaskans, as well as the rescuers, as part of his series, "Alaskans of the … Continue Reading


03.06.20

Top DoD Officials Echo Benefits of Basing KC-46s at Eielson AFB

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) this week pressed two senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials in hearings of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) about the advantages of basing a squadron of the KC-46 tanker aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. The U.S. Air Force will soon be announcing a decision on where to base a squadron of KC-46As at one of four candidate bases in the Indo-Pacific, which includes Eielson Air Force Base (AFB). Senator Sullivan again … Continue Reading


03.06.20

Sullivan, Hirono, Introduce Bill to Reunite Korean Americans with Long-Separated Family Members in North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced S.3395, the bipartisan Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act, legislation directing the U.S. Department of State to prioritize helping divided Korean American families reunite with family members in North Korea. Since the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953, there has been little to no contact between Korean Americans and family members who remain in No… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new strain of coronavirus, designated as COVID-19, emerged in China in December and has spread around the globe. The virus, which causes respiratory illness, has now been detected in nearly 70 countries, including the United States. In an effort to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, the Senate today passed an emergency supplemental funding package totaling $8.3 billion. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) voted in favor of the Coron… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senate Passes Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The legislation reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) for another five years. The safety-net program was first enacted in 1965 and ensures seniors have access to needed services as they age. Alaska is slated to receive approximately $4.8 millio… Continue Reading

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