Press Releases


Sullivan Chairs Hearing on Coast Guard Arctic Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security, today convened a hearing, "Expanding Opportunities, Challenges, and Threats in the Arctic: A Focus on the U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Strategic Outlook," to examine the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) current presence in the Arctic and what capabilities or infrastructure the service needs to meet America's strategic priorities in the region. Additionally, Sullivan announced the formation of t… Continue Reading


Arctic Shipping Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, today thanked his colleagues on the committee for voting unanimously to advance the Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee Act, legislation to address the impacts and opportunities of increasing shipping and maritime traffic. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and sponsored by Sullivan, Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Baldwin, Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Veteran Suicide Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to expand community-based outreach that will help veterans access services to improve their health and wellness and prevent suicides. The number of veteran suicides nationwide continues to rise, and approximately 14 of the 20 veterans who die by suicide each day are not receiving care from the Veterans Health Administration (V… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Tester Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are today celebrating the passage of the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, a bipartisan, bicameral effort to help tackle one of the nation's most pressing health concerns-veteran suicide. The senators' legislation requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the responsibilities, workload, training, and vacancy rates of Suicide Prevention Coordinators at the Department of Veterans A… Continue Reading


IN THE PIPELINE: 18 Billionth Barrel of Alaskan Crude for TAPS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the operator of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), announced the 18-billionth barrel of oil entered Pump Station 1 of the 800-mile pipeline-more than double what was originally projected. "TAPS is not just a pipeline, it is Alaska's economic lifeline. From day one, Alaska's pipeline has helped us build our state wh… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Prevent Overmedication Among Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced the Veterans Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act, legislation that would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent expert study on the deaths of all veterans being treated at the VA who died by suicide or from a drug overdose in the last five years. "Throughout my service as an officer in the Marine… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) recognizing November as National Runaway Prevention Month passed the U.S. Senate this week. The resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on how to help end youth homelessness. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Al… Continue Reading


Sullivan Introduces Alaskan Federal District Court Nominee at Judiciary Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today introduced Joshua Kindred, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to serve as the U.S. District Court judge for the District of Alaska, in a hearing on pending judicial nominations in the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I first met Josh a decade ago, Mr. Chairman, when I was Alaska's Attorney General. He was working with me as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division. I was impressed then, and continue to be impressed, with his fierce commitmen… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Welcomes Grant for Earthquake Long-Term Disaster Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today welcomed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant announcement that the State of Alaska is set to receive $35,856,000 to support long-term disaster recovery efforts from the November 30, 2018 Cook Inlet Earthquake. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake and nearly 8,000 subsequent aftershocks impacted the Municipality of Anchorage, Mat-Su Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Bo… Continue Reading


Sullivan Chairs Armed Services Subcommittee Hearing on DOD’s Agency-Wide Audit

WASHINGTON, DC - Recently, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) chaired a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support hearing to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense (DOD) agency-wide audit with Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist. The hearing focused on the department's progress from its first-ever audit last year and its importance to U.S. national security and maintaining the trust of Congress and American taxpayers. "The completion of this aud… Continue Reading


Sullivan Lauds Barr’s Missing Indigenous Persons Effort, Continued Focus on Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today applauded U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr's announcement of a new national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Initiative will establish coordinators in the offices of eleven U.S. Attorneys tasked with developing protocols for a more coordinated law enforcement response to missing persons cases. Additionally, the plan authorizes the deployment of the FBI's m… Continue Reading


Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Rosemarie Habeich

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) yesterday recognized Rosemarie Habeich, of Anchorage, Alaska, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Rosie, as her friends call her, is a registered nurse who, alongside her husband, Eben Hopson, Jr., has fostered more than 50 children from all across the state. During her time living in Utqiagvik, she worked as the director of the city's rec department, director of the health department, and executive director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commissi… Continue Reading


Sullivan-Manchin Bill to Address Veterans’ Burn Pit Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, today introduced S. 2950, The Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition Act of 2019, legislation which addresses a barrier currently preventing many veterans from getting U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits for illnesses and diseases related to exposure to burn pits. The act would recognize and concede their exposure during deployed… Continue Reading


Delegation Welcomes Draft Environmental Impact Statement on NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan

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 the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an updated Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). A Notice of Availability will appear in the Federal Register tomorrow, kicking off a 60-day public comment period that ends on January 21, 2020. "This is a significant ste… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Van Hollen Lead Bipartisan Letter Underscoring the Importance of Alliances with Japan, Republic of Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), sent a letter to the leaders of Japan and the Republic of Korea to reaffirm the importance of America's bilateral alliances with the two countries in light of rising challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. You can find a signed copy of the letter HERE and the full text below: Your Excellencies, We write to you as bipartisan members of the United States Senate and as st… Continue Reading


Sullivan Joins Colleagues in Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) joined his colleagues in introducing the reauthorization and modernization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill would reauthorize and robustly fund VAWA grant programs, prevent and address domestic violence and sexual assault, and support victims. "Women make up roughly half of our state, and the statistics show that more than half of them have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence," said Senator Sulli… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Tours F-35 Plant in Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, alongside military and community leaders from Interior Alaska, toured Lockheed Martin's F-35 assembly plant and were shown the first F-35As that will eventually be stationed at Eielson Air Force Base beginning in the spring of 2020. During the visit, the delegation was briefed on the overall F-35 program and its capabilities, toured the production line to get a firsthand look at the U.S. … Continue Reading


Senators Bill to Safeguard Funding for Protection and Safety of Olympic Athletes Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­- A group of senators, including Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, both (R-Alaska), introduced legislation this week that would safeguard funding for resources designated for the investigation of Olympic and amateur athlete abuse. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act was authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten… Continue Reading


Troops Need More Than “Support” Rhetoric from Democrats, says Sullivan

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) rebuked Senate Democrats yesterday on the floor of the Senate for continuing to filibuster defense appropriations, and House Democrats for refusing to reach a compromise in the conference committee with their Senate counterparts on the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both pieces of legislation are crucial for supporting ongoing national security priorities and properly resourcing America's military membe… Continue Reading


Ocean Plastics Bill Sails Through Senate Committee

by David Schultz

A bill that would combat plastic pollution in the ocean won approval in another Senate committee despite objections from one of the chamber's most active environmentalists. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved S. 1982, also known as the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, on a voice vote at a Nov. 13 markup. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), would create a federal marine debris foundation, establish a "genius prize" to encourage the development of solutions … Continue Reading

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