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PoliticoPro: Trump's talk of Korean pullout could echo across Asia

by Jacqueline Klimas and Wesley Morgan

Republicans and defense experts are warning that President Donald Trump's idea of pulling American troops from South Korea would undermine stability across Asia and weaken the U.S. against China. One GOP senator, Alaska's Dan Sullivan, is pushing legislative language touting the importance of the U.S. military presence in deterring North Korean aggression - in contrast to Trump's repeated calls for withdrawing American forces someday. And other Republicans have sounded that theme since Tuesday'… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Manchin Introduce Bill Requiring GAO to Study Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act, which will require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate and report on the capacity of both residential and inpatient treatment facilities along with the status of their availability and needs. This will be the first federal government study on substance use disorder treatment infrastructure in the United States. "In order for the government … Continue Reading


Sullivan Statement on U.S./North Korea Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the conclusion of the U.S./North Korea Summit: "First and foremost, President Trump and his national security team deserve credit for implementing a maximum pressure campaign that ultimately brought Kim Jong Un to the table - something many thought would never happen," said Senator Sullivan. "The President's definitive statement that 'sanctions will remain i… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Resolution in Support of American Flower Industry

Washington, DC -Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today introduced a resolution to designate July as "American Grown Flower Month" and encourage consumers to buy "Certified American Grown" flowers. American consumers spend almost $27 billion per year on floral products each year. While the majority of consumers would prefer to buy locally-grown flowers, only 20 percent of the flowers sold here were grown in the United States. "California… Continue Reading


Sullivan Provisions in NDAA Help Bolster President Trump’s Leverage in Upcoming U.S./North Korea Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - In the lead up to the U.S./North Korea Summit - scheduled to begin on June 12th in Singapore - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, fought to secure several provisions in the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help bolster the Trump administration's position heading into negotiations with the unpredictable North Korean regime. "With the upcoming U.S./North Korea Summit just days away, my colleagues and I on the Senate… Continue Reading


Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Ed Schoenfeld

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of Juneau resident Ed Schoenfeld, a 37-year veteran of the Southeast press corps who has recently retired. For decades - in both print and public broadcasting - Ed has been known for fairness, accuracy, and curiosity and for his steadfast commitment to local reporting. Ed was honored as part of Senator Sullivan's "Alaskan of the Week" series. Senator Sullivan Honoring Ed Schoenfeld as Alaskan … Continue Reading


Sullivan Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Protect States’ Rights to Regulate Marijuana

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce bicameral legislation to ensure that each state has the right to determine the best approach for regulating marijuana within its borders. The bill, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), works to address a number of areas in which state and federal marijuana laws are in conflict, while also containing a number of commonsense guardrails to en… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Schatz Highlight Legislation to Strengthen America’s Missile Defense Systems

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) was recently joined by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing S. 2980, the Integrated Missile Defense Act of 2018. The bill - which builds upon the success of last year's bipartisan Advancing America's Missile Defense Act of 2017 and seeks to further strengthen and integrate our nation's missile defenses - was recently included as an amendment to the Senate's FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "Last year, Congress - working clo… Continue Reading


Tara Sweeney Advances Toward Senate Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in support of Tara Mac Lean Sweeney of Alaska to be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. The committee approved the nomination by voice vote. Her nomination now heads to the full Senate for consideration. If confirmed, Sweeney will be the first female Alaskan Native to serve in the position. "I was pleased to be able to support Ta… Continue Reading


Senator Sullivan Welcomes Decision to Cancel August Recess

Senator Sullivan Welcomes Decision to Cancel August Recess Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today welcomed the decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the August state work period in order to continue work on a number of critical priorities, including the confirmation of executive branch officials and judges, and annual appropriations measures: "Today's announcement to cancel a major portion of the August recess represents a determined effort by the Repu… Continue Reading


Sullivan on New Tariffs Against Key U.S. Allies: “Bad Move”


Sullivan Leads Charge on Icebreakers, Missile Defense, and the Indo-Pacific in NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the committee's markup of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. On a vote of 25-2, the committee voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill, which supports $716 billion in defense funding for fiscal year 2019, which includes a 2.6% pay increase for our service members. The legislation includes 28 provisions secured by Senator Sullivan i… Continue Reading


Senate Sends VA Modernization and Reform Bill to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today voted in support of the VA MISSION Act, which now heads to the President's desk for his signature. The legislation, which received overwhelming support from Veteran Service Organizations and a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate, works to modernize and reform the Department of Veterans' Affairs care delivery systems, expand resources for our nation's veterans and ensure services a… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Supports Administration’s Proposal to Reverse Federal Takeover of State Hunting Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Alaska Region of the National Park Service (NPS) proposed to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping on national preserves in Alaska. Under the proposed rule, the 2015 regulations will be removed to establish better consistency with the State of Alaska's regulations. "Congress explicitly provided Alaska with the authority to manage its fis… Continue Reading


Sullivan Supports Confirmation of Gina Haspel for CIA Director

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in support of Gina Haspel to become the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - the first women and first career member of the CIA to do so. "I was proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to confirm the first woman who will have risen from the ranks of the CIA to lead the agency," said Senator Sullivan. "Gina Haspel is known throughout the intelligence … Continue Reading


Sullivan Votes Against Repeal of FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today after voting against S.J. Res. 52, a Congressional Review Act resolution which would repeal the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. "I have consistently stated to Alaskans that I strongly support preserving a free and open internet - and believe that keeping the internet affordable and accessible to all consumers is an essential principle in internet governance. … Continue Reading


Sullivan Joins Colleagues in Urging Action To Break Through Confirmation Backlog & Avoid Last-Minute Funding Battles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today participated in an event with U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) urging the Senate to confirm President Trump's nominees and avoid last-minute funding battles, even if this requires working nights, weekends, and through the August state work period to get it done. "By any measure, what's going on with the Democrats is historic obstructionism… Continue Reading


Sullivan Joins Colleagues in Urging FCC to Expand Rural Health Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today joined a bipartisan group of 30 U.S. Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care providers. The program … Continue Reading


Sullivan and Senate Colleagues Push To Avoid Last-Minute Funding Battles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week joined 15 of his Senate colleagues, including U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), in authoring a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting expedite… Continue Reading


Alaska Senators Welcome Selection of University of Alaska, Fairbanks as Drone Integration Pilot Program Site

WASHINGTON, DC - Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski welcomed yesterday's announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation naming the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) as one of 10 sites nationwide selected for the highly competitive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The newly created program serves an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities to accelera… Continue Reading

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