Press Releases

10.15.19

Delegation Welcomes Draft of Tongass-Specific Roadless Rule

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service) announced the release of its draft Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. "I'm very pleased the administration has listened to Alaskans and is proposing a full exemption from the Roadless Rule as its preferred alternative," Murkowski said. "I thank President Tr… Continue Reading


10.11.19

Sullivan Announces New Fairbanks Regional Director

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today announced that Greg Bringhurst has been hired as his Fairbanks regional director and rural advisor. Bringhurst will replace Leslie Hajdukovich, who served in this position for the last four and a half years. "I was so thankful to have Leslie representing the office in Fairbanks. Together with our fantastic constituent relations representative Lisa Harbo, Leslie provided excellent service to Interior residents and was a joy to work with. W… Continue Reading


10.04.19

President Signs Alaska Remote Generator Bill into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Donald J. Trump signed S. 163, the Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act. This legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-AK), and co-sponsored by Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), relaxes stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission regulations for generators used in remote Alaska to allow residents in these communities to reliably and affordably power their villages. "Prior to this bill b… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Sullivan Presses for Improved Fishery Disaster Declaration and Relief Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, "Fishery Failures: Improving the Disaster Declaration and Relief Process" to examine federal and stakeholder perspectives on the fishery disaster process and how those disasters impact local communities. The hearing also examined recent and pending disaster declarations and how the process for both declaration and relief could be improved. Before asking his questions, Senator Dan Sullivan (… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Senate Committees Approve Sullivan-Whitehouse Bill to Save Our Seas

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded passage of two parts of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (introduced in whole as S. 1982) by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A third piece of the bill awaits action by the Senate Commerce Committee. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced in June to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harmi… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Sullivan Applauds VA Funding of Metlakatla Veterans Cemetery

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has awarded nearly $1.1 million in grant funding for the creation of a Veterans Cemetery in Metlakatla, Alaska. This announcement is the culmination of cooperative work between U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Metlakatla leaders, and the VA's National Cemetery Administration (NCA). "We've been working toward this goal for years and it is a huge achievement for the entire Metlakatla community," said Senator S… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Alaina Vik

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) yesterday recognized Alaina Vik, of Eagle River, Alaska, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Alaina is a thirteen-year-old girl scout who sold more cookies than any other scout in the entire state. Alaina built on her accomplishment by establishing "Operation Sweet Support," which takes donations and distributes cookies, as well as other items, like pencils and snacks, to troops from Alaska deployed overseas, many in the Middle East. So far she has … Continue Reading


09.18.19

Alaska Remote Generator Bill Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-AK) to relax stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission regulations for generators used in remote Alaska, paving the way for Alaskans in these communities to reliably and more affordably power their villages. S. 163, the Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act, which now heads to the President… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Sullivan Condemns House Democrats’ Reckless ANWR Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today released a statement condemning the passage of H.R. 1146 in the House of Representatives, a bill to repeal the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) oil and gas program that was signed into law as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "This morning, Democrats in the U.S. House flagrantly ignored the voice of a strong, consistent majority of Alaskans, including those who actually live in ANWR, by passing a reckless bill to block explo… Continue Reading


08.22.19

Sullivan Statement on Cancelation of RKV Missile Defense Program

SOLDOTNA, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the Department of Defense's announcement to cancel the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program effective today: "I am deeply concerned about the announcement to cancel the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program. Given the continued evolution of advanced adversaries' missile capabilities and still uncertain and unpredictable nature of North Korean leader Kim Jong… Continue Reading


08.21.19

Sullivan Statement on Assistant Secretary of the Interior Joe Balash

UNALASKA, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement regarding Assistant Secretary of the Interior Joe Balash's announcement that he will be leaving the Department of the Interior (DOI) later this month: "Joe Balash has been a dedicated public servant for over twenty years," said Senator Sullivan. "During his tenure at the Department of the Interior, he worked tirelessly to promote the goal of American energy dominance, and understood that Alaska was key to that goal… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Cheryl Venechuk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) yesterday recognized Cheryl Venechuk, of Healy, Alaska, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Venechuk is a proud member of Laborers Union Local 942 in Fairbanks and a champion for women in the construction trades sector, in addition to serving as an integral member of her community. Senator Sullivan recognized Venechuk as part of his series, "Alaskan of the Week." Tribute to Cheryl Venechuk Mr. President, it is the time of week again when I c… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Sullivan, Coons Introduce E-SERVICE Act to Better Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) yesterday introduced S. 2397, the Electronic Service for Effectiveness, Reduction of Violence, and Improved Court Efficiency (E-SERVICE) Act, legislation to push protection orders into the 21st century, establishing new pilot program grants to explore the electronic service of protection orders. "Women in abusive situations rely on the force of a court order to protect themselves and, oftentimes, their children," said Se… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Commerce Advances Sullivan’s Coast Guard Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee today advanced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, legislation authored and introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), authorizing appropriations for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for fiscal years 2020 through 2021, including an increase of $1.4 billion. Senator Sullivan's 2019 reauthorization aims to ensure the Coast Guard can carry out vessel capitalization and infrastructure development, and support its r… Continue Reading


07.30.19

Sullivan, Senate EPW Advance $287 Billion Infrastructure Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today joined his colleagues on the Environment & Public Works Committee in marking up and advancing the America Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA), a bill authorizing $287 billion from the Highway Trust Fund from Fiscal Year 2021 through 2025, and $3.2 billion for Alaska over five years. "As one of the youngest and most infrastructure-poor states in the country, Alaska relies heavily on the support of federal transportation d… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Sullivan Lauds Successful U.S.-Israeli Missile Test at Kodiak Launch Complex

UTQIAGVIK, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today released the following statement on the successful test of the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile, a joint effort between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Defense Ministry's Missile Defense Organization, at the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska on Kodiak Island. "The critical role Alaska plays in our nation's missile defense and that of our allies was demonstrated again this month," said Senator Sullivan. "As I have long said, Ala… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Senate Commerce Advances Sullivan Priorities on Fish, Aviation, and 5G Technology

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today thanked his colleagues on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for approving important pieces of legislation that he co-sponsored, including a bill to help fill the ranks of Alaska's vital fishing sector, a bill to fix challenges to hiring new American air traffic controllers, and two pieces of legislation aimed at safeguarding America's telecommunications infrastructure as systems transition to 5G technology. Air Tr… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Alaska Congressional Delegation Commends USDA Purchase of Alaska Pollock Products for Food Nutrition Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today commended the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approval of a Section 32 purchase of up to $41 million of surplus Alaska Pollock Products. USDA's purchase of Alaska Pollock will be distributed to various food nutrition assistance programs, including charitable organizations. "With a wide range of health benefits and its popularity among consumers, Alaska Pollock is one o… Continue Reading


07.23.19

ICYMI: Sullivan Presses Senior Defense Nominees on Alaska Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - In recent hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) pressed Secretary Mark T. Esper, President Trump's nominee to be secretary of defense, and General Mark A. Milley, the President's nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for critical commitments on defense priorities for Alaska, including the basing of the KC-46 and responding to strategic competition in the Arctic. Both Esper and Milley will soon be voted on f… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Sullivan Hosts VA Secretary Wilkie in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today hosted U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie in Fairbanks, where they toured the Bassett Army Community Hospital on Ft. Wainwright, including the VA's Community Based Outpatient Clinic, received briefings from hospital and state VA leadership, and met with local VA employees. Afterward, Senator Sullivan and Secretary Wilkie convened a town hall with Interior veterans at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Chambers. "… Continue Reading

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