Press Releases


Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Iditarod Winner, Pete Kaiser

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke yesterday on the Senate floor to recognize Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, who won the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes, and 6 seconds. Kaiser is the first person from Bethel, the fifth Alaska Native, and the first person of Yupik descent to win the title. Senator Sullivan recognized Pete as part of his series, "Alaskan of the Week." TRIBUTE TO PETE KAISER: Mr. President, it is that time of day on the Senate… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Moves to Protect Native Craftsmen

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) this week introduced the Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska Native Sustainable Arts and Handicrafts Act, in the House and the Senate. The legislation would preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone, and other marine mammal products that have been legally carved by Alaska Natives under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Additionally, the bill preempts states from issuing… Continue Reading


Sullivan Statement on National Emergency Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement after voting today against the resolution of disapproval. "For weeks, I have extensively studied this emergency declaration-the underlying crisis, historical uses of executive authority, the statutes invoked by the President, and the role of Congress under our Constitution. After much reflection, I have concluded that today's vote was primarily about the underlying emergency and, as I have consistently stated, th… Continue Reading


Historic Alaska Native Vets Allotment Provision Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today thanked President Donald J. Trump for signing S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. The legislation includes a version of Senator Sullivan's Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. This provision will allow several thousand Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam era (or their heirs) to apply for their congressionally-promised Native allotment after they missed their initial opportunity… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Justice in the West, Create New Twelfth Circuit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced the Judicial Efficiency Improvement Act of 2019, a bill that would codify the Judicial Conference's most recent recommendations as well as other important measures to enhance the effectiveness of the federal judiciary. The legislation would authorize 56 permanent district court judgeships, convert eight temporary district court judgeships into permanent posts,… Continue Reading


Sullivan Hosts First Commerce Security Subcommittee Hearing as Chair on China

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) convened the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security for the first time as chairman. The hearing examined the security implications of China's harmful practices in the marketplace, including issues of manufacturing competitiveness, intellectual property (IP) challenges, data localization requirements, standards-setting, and cybersecurity threats. The conversation is relevant as policy makers work to fortify current and future America… Continue Reading


Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Congressman Don Young

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor in tribute to Congressman Don Young today, the day that Young officially became the longest continuously-serving Republican in Congress, in both the House and the Senate. He's consistently ranked among the most effective legislators-just recently ranked the most effective member of Congress by the nonpartisan group, the Center for Effective Lawmaking. In his 46 years in Congress, nearly every project that has advanced mo… Continue Reading


Sullivan Discusses the “Green New Deal”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke today on the Senate floor regarding the "Green New Deal," a version of which was introduced as a resolution in the House and Senate last month, and the impact that resource development has had on the health and well-being of Alaskans. Senator Sullivan's full remarks are included below. SENATE FLOOR REMARKS Mr. President. First, I want to thank all of my colleagues for coming down here and having this important discussion. And I wa… Continue Reading


Sullivan Supports Abizaid Nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) delivered introductory remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today at the confirmation hearing of retired Army General John Abizaid, nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From 2005-2006, Senator Sullivan was recalled to active duty by the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a staff officer to General Abizaid during his tenure as the longest serving commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in histo… Continue Reading


Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Jean Pollard of Anchorage

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of Anchorage resident and educator, Jean Pollard. Through sheer tenacity, Ms. Pollard has brought to the forefront the story of the African American Army Engineers of the 93rd, 95th, and 97th Regiments who were in the U.S. Army during World War II and stationed in Alaska. More than 3,000 of these brave soldiers were integral in building the Alaska-Canada (ALCAN) Highway, one of the 20th century'… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Klobuchar, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Shortage of Affordable, Quality Child Care

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act to address the national shortage of affordable, quality child care, especially in rural communities. While many families struggle to find access to available child care, states are continuing to experience a noticeable decline in the number of child care providers, leading to the expansion of "child care deserts." In the House of Representatives, a companion bill was… Continue Reading


Blumenthal, Boozman, Sullivan, Hirono & Brown Introduce the Reach Every Veteran In Crisis Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) led U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in introducing legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the operation, oversight, and evaluation of its suicide prevention media outreach campaigns. The Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act adopts several recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which reported in D… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Udall, Ruiz, Wenstrup Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Strengthen Burn Pit Registry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act, to strengthen and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and… Continue Reading


SPEECH: Address to the Alaska Legislature

President Giessel. Speaker Edgmon. Members of the House and Senate from the Great State of Alaska, thank you for inviting me to speak to you. Thanks also to each member of the Legislature and your staff for your service to our state. It's great to be home, back in this historic chamber. Much of my leadership team is here in the gallery today. Erik Elam, my legislative director, my senior advisor Amanda Coyne, Renee Reeve my state director. Dana Herndon is helping me here in Juneau. My chief of… Continue Reading


Tester, Sullivan, Udall, Murkowski Team Up to Improve VA Outreach to Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are teaming up to improve the VA's outreach, health care and benefits for Native Americans. The Senators introduced the bipartisan VA Tribal Advisory Committee Act to establish a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Congress Funds First Polar Icebreaker in Four Decades

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) applauded the Senate's passage of a major appropriations package last week that includes $655 million dedicated to the design and construction of a new heavy polar security cutter, $20 million to acquire long lead-time materials for a second polar security cutter, and $400 million for offshore patrol cutters and $340 million for fast response cutters, six of which will be based in Alaska. Additionally, the bill provides $53 million for shore-si… Continue Reading


Sullivan Votes to Confirm Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement after voting in support of William Barr to be the next Attorney General of the United States. "William Barr is one of the most-qualified candidates ever to be nominated as Attorney General, having served honorably in the same position in the George H.W. Bush administration," said Senator Sullivan. "Alaskans can take heart in knowing Mr. Barr is a firm, unwavering supporter of our Second Amendment rights and under… Continue Reading


Sullivan at Military Privatization Housing Oversight Hearing: “We Need to Fix the Program for Today and for the Future”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), chairman of the Senate Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, joined with the Senate Personnel Subcommittee to receive testimony from military family members, companies, and the Department of Defense on the current condition of privatized military housing, the problems military families have had to grapple with, and solutions to ensure military families have the best possible housing. The hearing comes on the heels of recent news report… Continue Reading


Sullivan Applauds Senate Passage of Lands Package

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) applauded the passage of S. 47, the National Resources Management Act, which included a version of Senator Sullivan's Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. This provision would allow several thousand Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam-era to apply for their congressionally-promised Native allotment after they missed their initial opportunity to do so because of their service. "For decades, a special group of Alaska ve… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sullivan Attends White House Launch of Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Dan Senator Sullivan (R-AK) attended the launch of the Trump administration's Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative at the White House. The W-GDP Initiative, led by Ivanka Trump, is the first-ever whole-of-government approach focused on advancing women's full and free participation in the global economy. "We know that when women are empowered to participate in the economic futures of their home countries, stability and prosperity invariab… Continue Reading

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