Press Releases

12.03.20

Sullivan, Markey, Murkowski Applaud Senate Passage of Young Fishermen’s Development Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) applauded the Senate's passage yesterday of the Young Fishermen's Development Act, legislation to mitigate the challenges facing the next generation of entrants into the fishing industry by supporting regional training opportunities and apprenticeship programs."Alaska is the unquestioned superpower of seafood, thanks to our world-class, sustainably-managed fisheries and our countless… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Delegation Welcomes Announcement of First Coastal Plain Lease Sale

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that a Notice of Sale for the first lease sale in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) will be published on December 7, 2020. "BLM's announcement means we are now just weeks away from a long-awaited lease sale in the 1002 Area,"Murkowski said. "This is a tremendou… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Navy Previews Forthcoming Arctic Strategy in Sullivan Hearing on Navy & Marine Corps Readiness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, hosted a hearing yesterday on the readiness and capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, and to preview a new U.S. Navy strategy for the Arctic. The subcommittee heard from three witnesses: Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael M. Gilday, and Commandant of the Marine Corps General David H. Berge… Continue Reading


12.01.20

Sullivan-Whitehouse-Menendez Marine Debris Bill Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) are applauding final Senate passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act this evening. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced in June 2019 to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. The legislation seeks to help reduce the creation of plastic waste, find uses for the plastic waste that already exists to keep it from entering the oceans, spur … Continue Reading


11.25.20

Murkowski and Sullivan: Army Corps Right to Reject Pebble Permit

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) formally rejected the Pebble Limited Partnership's application for a permit to discharge dredged or fill material into navigable waters under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Army Corps determined the Pebble project is "contrary to the public interest." Murkowski and Sullivan, while staunch advocates of mining in Alaska, o… Continue Reading


11.20.20

Alaska Delegation Welcomes Currency Rule Preventing Bank Exclusion of Energy Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska), welcomed a proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to ensure that national banks are providing fair access to banking services to customers based on objective risk, without excluding legal businesses and individuals. The announced rule comes after a sustained effort by members of Congress, led by the Alaska congressional delegation, urging th… Continue Reading


11.20.20

Alaska Congressional Delegation Files Amicus Brief in Support of Alaska Native Corporations

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska,have filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari in support of Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) eligibility for tribal assistance appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The amicus brief states that the indigenous peoples of Alaska will suffer severe negative consequences as a result of … Continue Reading


11.19.20

VIDEO: Sullivan Briefs Alaskans on Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today issued the following message to Alaskans after receiving an extensive briefing on Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership to develop and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19. The briefing for all U.S. senators was hosted by General Gustave F. Perna, chief operating officer ofOperation Warp Speed, and Doctor Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific advisor for the operation. In the briefing, senators were informed that two companies d… Continue Reading


11.16.20

One Step Closer: Interior Issues Call for Nominations for First Lease Sale in Alaska’s Coastal Plain

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it will issue a Call for Nominations for tracts to be offered in the first lease sale in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Call for Nominations follows the administration's Record of Decision in August and will include 32 tracts covering 1.6 million acres.… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Delegation: Tongass Exemption Will Help Build Sustainable Economy in Southeast Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska-U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) published a Record of Decision (ROD) and final rule exempting the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (Roadless Rule). "The Tongass is home to many Alaskans who want what most Americans take for granted-the opportunity to live, work, and raise their families in the communities in wh… Continue Reading


10.28.20

Alaska Delegation Proposes US-Canada Border Crossing Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In an effort to address U.S.-Canada border crossing issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, and Governor Mike Dunleavy (all R-AK) sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, raising issues severely impacting Alaskans. In their letter, the Alaska Delegation highlighted specific, persisting challenges impacting the health and safety of Alaskans and proposed reasonable solutions. "As we continue t… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Alaska Delegation Welcomes Federal Approval for Willow Master Development Plan

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Record of Decision for the Willow Master Development Plan in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "As we navigate these uncertain times, the federal approval of a major new North Slope development project provides real opportunities for Alaska and a path forward to help rebuild and strengthen our eco… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Sullivan Votes to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. "Judge Barrett has demonstrated herself to be a distinguished and respected jurist who understands the proper role of a judge - to have fidelity to the written law and Constitution, not to make policy." said Senator Sullivan. "Based on her record as a scholar and federal court of appeals … Continue Reading


10.23.20

Senators Murkowski and Sullivan Receive Security Briefing on Alaska Election Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After reports some Alaskans were targeted by Iran in an effort to intimidate American voters, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today released the following statement following a security briefing on election security in Alaska: "This morning, we received detailed briefings by FBI and intelligence community officials on election security in Alaska. Given that our state and some of our citizens have already been targeted by Iran through "spoofed" em… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Sullivan-Durbin Due Process Protections Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today released the following statements after S. 1380, the Due Process Protections Act, was signed into law. Sullivan and Durbin introduced the bill to help ensure that federal prosecutors respect the constitutional right of defendants to access favorable and potentially exculpatory evidence. "Alaskans are well aware of the problem of federal prosecutors violating their constitutional duties and obligations follow… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Sullivan Announces Support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today spoke on the Senate floor to announce his support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator Sullivan met with Judge Barrett on September 30. TRANSCRIPT Mr. President, I was in Alaska when Judge Amy Coney Barrett was before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but since then, I was able to catch up on those hearings, and I want to commend my colleagues, particularly Senat… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Alaska to Receive $46 million in USDA Grants to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today for a virtual announcement of more than $46 million in USDA Broadband ReConnect Program grants being awarded to two Alaska service providers to establish and improve broadband infrastructure in some of the state's most remote communities. The grants are matched by nearly $17 million contributed by the grant recipients… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Seward & Alaska Railroad Awarded $20 Million Grant for Port Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska) welcomed the announcement today of a roughly $19.78 million port infrastructure grant issued by the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) for the City of Seward and the Alaska Railroad Corporation to improve the freight dock and corridor in Seward, Alaska. The Alaska congressional delegation wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao supporting the grant application in… Continue Reading


10.06.20

ICYMI: “Icebreakers for the Arctic should be based in our Arctic state”

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - On Monday, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Commerce Committees, penned an op-ed in Roll Call calling on the Pentagon and the Trump administration to home-port the next generation of icebreakers - the Polar Security Cutter - in Alaska, America's only Arctic state. In the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Sullivan secured a provision authorizing the construction of six new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast G… Continue Reading


10.02.20

Alaska Delegation Welcomes Cross-Border Permit for Alaska-Canada Railway

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after President Trump signed a presidential border-crossing permit for the Alaska-Alberta (A2A) Railway Development Corporation to lay track across the border between Alaska and Canada. The proposed $17-billion freight rail project would run through northwest Canada and connect into the existing Alaska Railroad system, transporting energy, minerals, and other commodities … Continue Reading

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