Press Releases


OP-ED: Uniting Alaskans to address the youth mental health crisis

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

On June 26, I hosted the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, in Anchorage to hold a series of town hall-style roundtables—as well as a Facebook Live dialogue—to discuss the mental health crisis among our youth, how social media impacts that crisis, and how we can work together to combat it. The meetings were very productive and I thank the hundreds of Alaska mental health experts, parents, youth, public officials, tribal and non-profit leaders, for sharing their insights and for coming toget… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Statements on Chinese and Russian Vessels in Waters off Coast of Aleutians

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) released the following statements regarding the 11 foreign military vessels from China and Russia operating near the Aleutian Islands. “We have been in close contact with leadership from Alaska Command for several days now and received detailed classified briefings about the foreign vessels that are transiting U.S. waters in the Aleutians,” said Senator Murkowski.  “This is a stark rem… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Sunset the Municipal Lands Reconveyance Requirement for Village Corporations under ANCSA

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, introduced legislation to sunset the requirement for village corporations to reconvey lands for municipal uses under Section 14 (c) (3) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA did not set a specific timeframe for the reconveyances of lands under 14(c) to municipalities or the State in trust for future municipalities.  Until 14 (c) is addressed, the State of Alaska and the land status of many villa… Continue Reading


Senate Passes FY2024 Defense Authorization with 33 Sullivan Provisions

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), voted with 85 of his Senate colleagues last night to pass the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation includes 33 provisions authored by Sen. Sullivan, and authorizes roughly $168 million in military construction and equipment for Alaska and the Arctic. This funding is in addition to a $203 million military construction project at Joint… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sullivan Discusses Alaska’s Strategic Importance & Military Build-Up at Aspen Security Forum

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), emphasized the geo-strategic significance of Alaska and the need to continue the state’s military build-up in his remarks at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday. Senator Sullivan participated in a panel titled, “On Thin Ice? Navigating the New North,” which was moderated by Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Hails $37.5 Million Grant for Graphite One

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), today welcomed a $37.5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to Graphite One, Inc. for its project near Nome, Alaska. The award, made under the Defense Production Act (DPA) as a result of recent congressional appropriations, will enable Graphite One to advance development of its world-class natural graphite deposit and its plans for a complete U.S.-based supply… Continue Reading


Sullivan Recognizes Elverda Lincoln as “Alaskan of the Week”

WASHINGTON—On the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) recognized Elverda Lincoln, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II from Wasilla, Alaska who will soon celebrate her 100th birthday. In 1942, in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Elverda joined the Navy with theWomen Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program. Among other responsibilities, Elverda helped code radio signals and manuals that were used in the Bat… Continue Reading


Sullivan & Hassan Seek to Strengthen “LINC” Between VA and Community Services for Veterans

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have introduced the Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities through the VA to Address Social Needs (LINC VA) Act. This legislation enables the coordination of public and private social service resources with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, prioritizing connections with already existing, community-specific organizations to better coordinate the work of health care and social service provid… Continue Reading


Ahead of NATO Summit, Sullivan Leads 35 Senate Colleagues in Urging Biden to Ensure NATO Countries Meet Defense Spending Commitments

WASHINGTON-Ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Vilnius starting next week, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) led a bipartisan group of 35 senators in writing a letter to President Biden urging the President to ensure NATO countries meet their defense spending commitments. Since 2006, NATO member nations have agreed to commit a minimum of 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to defense spending. The letter notes that despite increasing levels of aggressive be… Continue Reading


Sullivan Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Heighten USDA Support for Seafood

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) last week introduced comprehensive seafood-related legislation intended to bolster U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) support for domestic fishermen and seafood producers. In addition to numerous other provisions that would support the sustainable harvest and consumption of American seafood, Sen. Sullivan’s National Seafood Supply Act of 2023 directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish an Office of Seafood Poli… Continue Reading


Connecting Alaska: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Delivers Over $1 Billion More for Broadband Deployment Across the State

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in announcing over $1 billion in new funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for Alaska to build out the state’s broadband infrastructure to connect communities to high speed internet. The funding comes from the IIJA’s Broadband… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sullivan Fights to Close Russian Seafood Loophole Hurting American Fishermen & Seafood Producers

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) on Thursday took aim at a threat to Alaska fishermen and the Alaska seafood industry, attempting to address the continued import of Russian seafood into the U.S., despite there being a prohibition in place. Sen. Sullivan attempted to expedite passage of his recently-introduced U.S-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act of 2023, bipartisan and bicameral legislation to closea loophole thatisallowingRussian-origin seafoodthat … Continue Reading


Sullivan Shapes FY 2024 Defense Authorization with 32 Amendments

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), voted with 25 of his committee colleagues yesterday to advance the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from committee. The legislation includes 32 provisions offered by Senator Sullivan, and authorizes roughly $168 million in military construction and equipment for Alaska and the Arctic. In addition to the provisions in the NDAA, the Department of D… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Celebrates Ruling Upholding Southeast Troll Fishermen’s Summer Season

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), celebrated a decision yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granting a stay that allows Southeast Alaska troll fishermen to proceed with their July 1 season opener, in spite of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Washington-based Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) that threatens the fishery. On May 3, a U.S. District Court in Seattle issued a ruling in favor of WFC. … Continue Reading


Romney, Sullivan, Peters Introduce Bill to Promote U.S. Critical Mineral Independence from China

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) today introduced the Critical Mineral Independence Act of 2023, legislation to push the Department of Defense to achieve critical mineral supply chain independence from China, Russia, and other geostrategic competitors and adversaries. “China’s rise in power is aided by its monopolization of raw materials and we’re putting our national security and economic vitality at risk b… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Rosen, Ernst & Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Properly Recognize Female Veterans’ Combat Service with Special Forces, Ensure Access to Benefits

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)introduced the bipartisan Jax Act to amend the military records of women veterans who deployed alongside Special Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to ensure they accurately reflect their service as members of Cultural Support Teams (CST). Before female servicemembers were able to formally serve in combat roles, CSTs were deployed to combat zones with Special Oper… Continue Reading


Ahead of Blinken’s China Visit, Sullivan Tells Biden Administration to Push Back on CCP Aggression

WASHINGTON-In an interview yesterday on Fox News Channel, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), said the United States should not be "begging for some kind of communication" with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and should instead "push back" when China berates the American government, as a senior Chinese Communist Party official did yesterday. "The foreign minister, yesterday, of China, already showed what he was going to do, which is b… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud $88M Grant to Invest in Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Alaska

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) applauded the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announcement of a $88.896 million infrastructure grant for Quintillion to build a multi-year subsea broadband project from Nome to Homer, Alaska. Once constructed and online, the Nome to Homer project will provide redundant middle mile backhaul capability for Alaska, creating redundancy and reliability for Alaska’s broadba… Continue Reading


Sullivan, Murkowski, Graves & Peltola Seek to Close Loopholes Allowing Russian Access to U.S. Seafood Market

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) this week introduced the U.S-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act of 2023, legislation that would impose a comprehensive ban on the import of all Russian-origin seafood products into the United States. Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska). In March of 2022, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14068, which prohi… Continue Reading


Sullivan & Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce “Save Our Gas Stoves Act” in Senate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and seven colleagues have introduced legislation to prohibit the Biden administration from banning gas stoves. The "Save Our Gas Stoves Act" explicitly prohibits the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing a proposed rule that would impose intrusive and costly standards on the kitchen stovetops of millions of Americans. The Biden Administration is currently defending efforts of localities to implement bans on gas stove. Companion legisla… Continue Reading

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