Press Releases

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


07.18.19

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Aves Thompson

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week recognized Aves Thompson on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Thompson, from Anchorage, has a long history of making Alaska better and, more fundamentally, making Alaska work well and efficiently. At the end of the month, Thompson will be retiring from a long career as the head of the Alaska Trucking Association, but will continue to serve our nation's veterans and his community through his work on numerous boards and commissions. Senator S… Continue Reading


07.09.19

What They Are Saying | Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Last month, Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) launched the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to address plastics and trash entering the ocean that harm fisheries and marine life, litter shorelines, and threaten the livelihood of coastal communities. Below are stakeholder reactions and news coverage for the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act: E&E News: "Senate 'odd couple' returns, this time in search of a genius." Kodiak Daily Mirror: "Sullivan laun… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Cal Williams

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week honored Cal Williams on the floor of the Senate. Williams, from Anchorage, has a storied history in Alaska going back to the 1960s when he advocated for the rights of African Americans as part of the civil rights movement. Ever since, he's been actively engaged in the community as a volunteer, a leader with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and as choir director at St. Anthony's … Continue Reading


06.28.19

Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcome DOJ Declaration of Law Enforcement Emergency in Rural Alaska

WASHINGTON D.C. -U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today welcomed the Department of Justice's Announcement that Attorney General Barr will declare a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska under the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program today. Immediately following his announcement, $6 million was made available to the state of Alaska to support critical law enforcement needs of Alaska Native villages. In addition, the Attorney … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes FY 2020 Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined 85 of his colleagues in voting to pass the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes $750 billion in critical defense spending and includes 30 provisions and amendments introduced by Sullivan, many of which directly impact Alaska. The FY 2020 NDAA passed out of committee on a vote of 25 to 2. "This year's NDAA takes seriously the complexity of threa… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Sullivan launches new bipartisan effort to clean up oceans

by ALISTAIR GARDINER

KODIAK - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a new bill Wednesday aimed at cleaning up the marine debris crisis affecting America's oceans, shorelines and inland waterways, as well as other coasts across the globe. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., the three senators unveiled new legislation that looks to build on the Save Our Seas Act, a marine debris bill that was sponsored by Sullivan and Whitehouse and signed into law last … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate 'odd couple' returns, this time in search of a genius

by Rob Hotakainen

When President Trump signed a bill aimed at cleaning up plastic trash last fall, he noted the unlikely pair of senators standing by his side: Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska. "The president remarked on us being a rather odd couple," Whitehouse said yesterday at a Capitol Hill news conference, recalling the Oct. 11, 2018, ceremony. The duo is back with a sequel: Eight months after the president signed the Save Our Seas Act into law, W… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Sullivan, Whitehouse, Menendez Launch New Effort to Combat Marine Debris

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today led colleagues from both sides of the aisle in launching a new effort to combat the global marine debris crisis. At a news conference this morning in the Capitol, the senators unveiled the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to address plastics and trash entering the ocean that harm fisheries and marine life, litter shorelines, and threaten the livelihood of coastal communities. The Save Our Seas 2.0 … Continue Reading


06.26.19

Delegation, Governor Welcome Lifting of PLOs to Restore Balanced Land Use in Alaska

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rep. Don Young, and Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy, all R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior issued new Public Land Orders (PLO) partially revoking a number of PLOs put in place in eastern interior Alaska in 1972. The Department also announced today it would partially revoke PLOs in place in the Bering Glacier area. Joe Balash, the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the De… Continue Reading

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