Press Releases

12.21.20

Six Sullivan Veterans Bills Headed to President’s Desk, Including K2 Toxic Exposure Study

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC), thanked his colleagues for recently passing the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act, a large package of veterans legislation featuring six bills championed by Sullivan, including S. 4384, the K2 Veterans Advocacy Act of 2020. The bill, introduced with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (… Continue Reading


12.19.20

Sullivan Honors Linda Behnken as “Alaskan of the Week”

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) recognized Linda Behnken, of Sitka, the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association. Linda was recently honored with the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment for her work championing sustainable fisheries and helping to preserve Alaska's coastal ecosystems. Senator Sullivan recognized Behnken as part of his series, "Alaskan of the Week." TRIBUTE TO LINDA BEHNKEN Mr.… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), today welcomed the signing of the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, the most comprehensive legislation ever passed by Congress to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal ecosystems and communities, and harming marine life. "After two years of collaboration, hard work and advocacy, I am incredibly excited… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Sullivan, Coons, Graham and Whitehouse introduce bipartisan UNITE for our Oceans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced legislation that would bring the international community together to address the increasing amount of plastic and trash polluting the oceans and marine environments. The Unify Nations in Trash Elimination (UNITE) for our Oceans Actwould direct the U.S. government to work with international partners to finance promising projects that promote the … Continue Reading


12.16.20

ICYMI: Sullivan, Whitehouse & Menendez Celebrate Passage of Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) yesterday held a colloquy on the Senate floor to celebrate Congress's recent unanimous passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, their legislation, introduced in June of 2019, to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. The legislation, which builds on the success and initiatives of the 2018 Save Our Seas Act, now awaits the President's signatu… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Sullivan Works to Include Coast Guard in Defense Authorization for First Time

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) on Friday welcomed the Senate's passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included the Sullivan-authored Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020, reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard for fiscal years 2020 through 2021. This is the first time the Coast Guard authorization bill has been coupled with the annual defense authorization, an effort that Sullivan has championed for several years. "It has long been … Continue Reading


12.11.20

New DOD Arctic Security Studies Center Approved by Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), including a provision authorizing a new regional Department of Defense (DOD) Center named the "Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies." U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, successfully included key elements of a bill he introduced earlier this Congress with Se… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Congress Passes 60th Consecutive Annual National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, today joined 83 of his colleagues in voting to pass the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) following a constructive conference process between the House and the Senate. The bill authorizes $740.5 billion in critical defense spending and includes numerous provisions and amendments introduced by Sullivan, many of which directly imp… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Coast Guard Vice Commandant Commits to Improving Communication with Alaska Fishing Fleet Following “Irresponsible” Russian Exercises in Bering Sea

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security, convened a hearing yesterday, attended by Admiral Charles Ray, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to examine the ability of the Coast Guard to safeguard America's national security and economic interests in the Arctic region, and the Coast Guard's response to recent Russian war games in the Bering Sea. The hearing comes one week after Senator Sullivan chaired a Senate Armed Serv… Continue Reading


12.07.20

OP-ED: “Defense Is on the Ballot in Georgia”

by Sen. Dan Sullivan

The stakes in the Georgia U.S. Senate races on Jan. 5, 2021, between Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and their respective challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, are very high for a host of reasons. One that has not received enough attention is the readiness of our military. The U.S. faces rising threats from China, Russia and Iran, and continued robust funding of our military is clearly at stake in Georgia, which will decide the Senate majority. Nowhere is the divide between Democrat… Continue Reading


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

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