Press Releases

06.07.17

Sullivan Presses Shulkin on Future of Veteran Community Care

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin about the Veterans' Choice Program and the future of community care. "Whether it's scheduling challenges or veterans being hounded by collection agencies, the problems that need to be addressed are clear," said Senator Sullivan. "As we consider a path forward for veteran community care, we cannot - and more importantly, veter… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Major VA Accountability Bill Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, thanked his Senate colleagues for voting unanimously to pass S. 1094, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, legislation which Senator Sullivan cosponsored. "Today's passage of the VA Accountability Act is good news for veterans in Alaska and all across the United States," said Senator Sullivan. "We are finally giving the authority for officials at the VA to fire bad… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Sullivan, Hirono Fight Proposed Cuts to Essential Air Service; Introduce Legislation to Extend Expiring Funding

U.S. SENATE - After the release of President Trump's budget request, Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Keeping Our Commitment to Essential Air Service (EAS) Act to prevent proposed budget cuts to air service for more than 170 small community airports nationwide by reauthorizing program funding through 2022. "Aviation is absolutely essential to reaching the many remote communities across Alaska's vast, geographically diverse territory," said Senator Sulliv… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Delegation Commends Secretary Zinke’s Alaska Order

Anchorage, AK - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today expressed their strong support for a new Secretarial Order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association's annual conference. The order will help evaluate the vast resources within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while also restoring access and ultimately increasing pro… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Sullivan, Secretary Zinke Meet with Alaska Native Veterans

ANCHORAGE, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Alaska Native veterans in Anchorage this morning to discuss Sullivan's Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The legislation would allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives to apply for their government-promised Native allotments of land that they may have missed due to service in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War era. "It was an honor to be able to convene this historic meeting betwee… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Sullivan Applauds Successful Missile Defense Test

WASILLA, AK - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) latest intercept test - Flight Test Ground-based Interceptor (FTG)-15 - of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile-class (ICBM-class) target. "This test clearly demonstrates to our adversaries that our homeland missile defense system remains on track to defend our country," said Senator Sullivan. "Today is an importa… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Congressional Delegation Ready to Welcome Secretary Zinke To Alaska

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today announced that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will travel to Alaska during the Memorial Day state work period. The trip will be Zinke's first to the state since his bipartisan confirmation by the Senate in early March. "We're excited to announce that Secretary Zinke will visit Alaska next week," the delegation said in a joint statement. "We look forward to showing him the bea… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Sullivan Honors Alaskans of the Week: Alaska’s Missile Defenders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke yesterday on the Senate floor in recognition of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance's 2017 Missile and Base Defenders of the Year: SSgt. Jonathan Rivera-Calderon, SSgt. Stanislav Barilov, Capt. Erik Haugen, TSgt. Mark Lockwood, Sgt. Nathan Williams, Sgt. Travis Hall, Maj. Michael Long, Capt. Anthony Montoya, 1st Lt. Rachel Simmons, SSgt. Caroline Domenech, and Sgt. Jose Aponte. The members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard were re… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Sullivan Applauds Recent U.S. Navy FONOP in the South China Sea

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Navy's recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea - near Mischief Reef. "I applaud Secretary of Defense Mattis, PACOM Commander Admiral Harris and the men and women of the USS Dewey for their recent freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea near Mischief Reef," said Senator Sullivan. "We should conti… Continue Reading


05.25.17

General Milley Warns: War in Korea Would be “Tragic on an Unbelievable Scale”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pressed Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley in a hearing today on the details of the United States' policy toward North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and the potentially severe consequences of North Korea gaining a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental United States. Answering a question from Senator Sullivan about U.S.… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Sullivan Helps Move VA Accountability Bill Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, thanked his colleagues for voting to advance S. 1094, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, legislation which he cosponsored, out of committee. "Two of my primary goals on the Veterans' Affairs Committee have been ensuring veterans receive the care they have earned, and working to restore their trust in the VA. In my numerous conversations with Secretary Shulkin, we ha… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Sullivan, Heitkamp, Harris Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Federal Employment Opportunities for Vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today introduced the bipartisan Empowering Federal Employment for Veterans Act to make sure federal agencies do everything they can to connect veterans with jobs that fit their skillsets in the federal government. When veterans transition to civilian life, they have a variety of skills and talents from serving in the armed forces-and those skills are major assets in civilian jobs as well. The E… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Sullivan Responds to White House Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement today on the White House's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget request: "As I have said before, it's important to remember that Congress holds the power of the purse, and will ultimately fund the federal government. "From my initial review, I see some positive elements in today's budget request from the Trump administration, such as opening the non-wilderness 1002 area for responsible resource development, and a co… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Senators Introduce Bill to Bolster Homeland Missile Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in introducing the Advancing America's Missile Defense Act of 2017. The bill - a direct response to continued aggression from North Korea - seeks to strengthen and improve the reliability, capability, and capacity of U.S. homeland missile defense. "Our nation's missile d… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Michael Carson

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke yesterday on the Senate floor in recognition of Michael Carson, of Palmer, an avid community volunteer and the co-founder of MYHouse, a resource center for homeless youth in the Mat-Su Valley. Carson was recognized as part of Senator Sullivan's series, "Alaskan of the Week." The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL CARSON Mr. President, every week I have been coming to the Senate floo… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Sullivan, Van Hollen Launch Senate Foreign Service Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today announced the formation of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus. The caucus will provide a bipartisan forum for members to discuss the challenges facing those who serve in the U.S. Foreign Service around the world, and collaborate and develop policy recommendations on how they can best support them and the U.S. diplomatic mission abroad. "When I first came to the Senate, I saw working groups and caucuses represen… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Commerce Committee Advances Coast Guard Authorization

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, today thanked his colleagues on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for advancing the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, legislation introduced by Senator Sullivan. "The men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard do an outstanding job protecting the homeland and responding to crises on a moment's notice," said Senator Sullivan. "I am h… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today attended a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on the health and safety of athletes, including issues of opioid abuse by athletes. Among the witnesses was Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska's chief medical officer, current president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and a leader in the effort to combat Alaska's opioid epidemic. "With front-page news today of a massive spike in heroin over… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Sullivan Commemorates Police Week at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Tuesday evening in honor of National Police Week. The name of fallen Fairbanks Police Sergeant Allen Brandt was added to the memorial this week, along with the names of 163 other officers killed in the line of duty in the past year. "I'm here tonight in Washington D.C. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It's a beautiful tribute to the men and women who serve in law… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Sherry Bess

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke last week on the Senate floor in recognition of Sherry Bess, of Homer, who has spent nearly three decades caring for the community's homeless and abandoned animals as manager of the Homer Animal Shelter. Bess was recognized as part of Senator Sullivan's series, "Alaskan of the Week." The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: TRIBUTE TO SHERRY BESS Mr. SULLIVAN. Mr. President, every week I have been comin… Continue Reading

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