Press Releases


Alaska Delegation Criticizes Circuit Court Ruling Against Native Corporations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today commented on a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit determining Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) are ineligible for tribal assistance appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The ruling overturns an earlier June 26 ruling by a U.S. District Court that concluded ANCs are eligible for the aid. "We strongly disagree with the … Continue Reading


Delegation Welcomes Next Step on Rulemaking to Help Southeast Alaska Build a More Sustainable Economy

Washington, D.C. - 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 the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Tongass-specific Roadless Rule. The final EIS includes six alternatives, with a full exemption selected as the preferred alternative. "The Tongass is home to Alaskans who want what most Americans take for granted-the opportunity to live, work, and play i… Continue Reading


Sullivan Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today released the following statement regarding the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. "The historical precedent and principle of an election year nomination to the Supreme Court, dating back to the founding of our republic, is that the Senate has generally confirmed a President's nominee from its own party and not confirmed one from the opposing party. President Trump is well within his constitutional authority to nominate an individ… Continue Reading


Sullivan Welcomes Reestablishment of DOE Arctic Energy Office at UAF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) welcomed an announcement yesterday by Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette that the Department of Energy (DOE) will be reestablishing its Arctic Energy Office (AEO) on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). The AEO will drive coordination and collaboration on DOE's many activities in the Arctic region including: international cooperation on Arctic issues, research on methane hydrates, and development of advanced micro-grids… Continue Reading


“Visit America Act” Advances from Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the committee's unanimous passage today of S.3831, the Visit America Act, introduced by the senators in June. The bill would set a visitation goal of 116 million annual international travelers to the United States by 2028, formally authorize the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and create a high-ranking position within the Depart… Continue Reading


Commerce Committee Advances Sullivan’s Bill to Protect Alaska Native Craftsmen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, thanked his committee colleagues today for advancing the Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska Native Sustainable Arts and Handicrafts Act, Sullivan's bill to 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 pree… Continue Reading


Sullivan Commends Signing of Historic Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the signing of the Abraham Accords, agreements in which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain normalized diplomatic relations with Israel. The accords were signed in a ceremony at the White House by President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin … Continue Reading


Young, Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Fair and Accurate Census Count

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Don Young and U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (all R-Alaska) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act, alongside Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to provide for additional time to complete the 2020 Census. The bill extends the Census operations of nonresponse follow-up and self-response to October 31, 2020, as well as extends the Census statutory reporting deadline… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Welcomes $21 Million BUILD Grant for Anchorage International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today thanked Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for awarding a $21 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant to the Alaska Energy Authority to construct a 190,000 square foot climate-controlled cold storage facility at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA). The Alaska congressional delegation wrote a letter to Secretary Chao in May advocat… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Senate Passes Sullivan-backed Veteran Suicide Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC), celebrated the Senate's recent unanimous passage of S.785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, a major veterans mental health legislative package cosponsored by Sullivan that includes hisVeterans Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act. Also this week, Sullivan joined 34 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Nancy … Continue Reading


Sullivan Votes for Targeted Pandemic Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today voted for the Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act. The targeted pandemic relief package was blocked by Senate Democrats, failing to reach the 60-vote margin necessary for the measure to advance. "Over the past five weeks, I've heard from Alaskans about their priorities for a new COVID-19 relief bill-renewing the Paycheck Protection Program, extending the deadline to use CARES Act r… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Murkowski & Young Welcome Major Tariff Relief for Alaska Fishermen

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today thanked President Donald Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for authorizing approximately $530 million for fishermen and the U.S. seafood industry impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments, including in Alaska. "Working alongside Alaska fishermen across our state, I have been relentlessly pushing the administration to ensure that our fishermen are provided reli… Continue Reading


Sullivan Applauds Updated Treasury Guidance, Giving States & Local Governments More Flexibility

FAIRBANKS, AK - Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that the Department of the Treasury has granted additional flexibility to state, local, and tribal governments in allocating resources from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) included in the CARES Act. This is a direct result of a request by Sens. Sullivan and McSally to the Treasury Department and the Trump administration to allow states and local governments to utilize funding to meet their specific… Continue Reading


Sullivan Shows Navy Secretary Alaska’s Strategic Military Advantages

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA - This week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) hosted Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite for the secretary's first visit to Alaska since being appointed and confirmed. On Monday in Ketchikan, Sullivan and Braithwaite toured the Ketchikan Shipyard, visited the U.S. Navy acoustic facility on Back Island, and joined members of the community and veterans for a dinner and discussion. On Tuesday, Sullivan and Braithwaite traveled to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) fo… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Urges Alaskans to Participate in the Census

Anchorage, AK - As the deadline to participate in the 2020 Census rapidly approaches, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all (R-AK), are calling on Alaskans to do their part and participate. New data released by the Census Bureau shows Alaska's self-response rate remains ranked among the lowest in the nation, with only Puerto Rico at a lower self-response rate than Alaska. The deadline to participate in the 2020 Census questionnaire is September 30, 2020. "Wh… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Applauds Opening of Cold Case Office in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, AK - The Alaska Congressional Delegation, alongside other federal, state, tribal, and local leaders, helped kick off the opening of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force Cold Case Office in Anchorage. The office will be dedicated to solving cold cases involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Anchorage office is one of seven of its kind being established across the nation to handle such cold cases and will be staffed by law enforcement, tribal law enforce… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Continues to Fight for Bypass Mail Program in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK -U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statement after taking part in a call with U.S. Postmaster General DeJoy, regarding his previous statements on the Bypass Mail program, while testifying at a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on August 21. "After a productive and educational meeting with Postmaster General DeJoy earlier this week, we are pleased to see that he ha… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Announces Unemployment Assistance Relief Grant

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-AK), today announced that FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved the State of Alaska for a FEMA grant of $19,902,565 under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program from the Disaster Relief Fund. The LWA funds are made available to states and territories, providing financial resources to help those who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving unemployment benefits. This grant funding… Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski and Sullivan Comment on Army Corps Decision on Pebble Mine

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that the Pebble mine project in southwest Alaska cannot be permitted as currently proposed. The Corps released its decision after finding the project would likely result in significant environmental degradation and have significant adverse effects on the Bristol Bay ecosystem. Senator Murkowski released the following… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Responds to Postmaster General re: Bypass Mail Program

ANCHORAGE, AK - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statement in response to the Postmaster General's testimony today regarding Alaska's bypass mail program: "We must be clear: the USPS is a vital lifeline to countless Alaskans, from our population centers to the farthest reaches of our vast state. Throughout the years, the Alaska delegation has defended mail delivery to rural Alaska. We've done it before and we'll do it again. Simply … Continue Reading

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