Speeches

05.05.22

SPEECH: Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Mr. President, I wanted to come down to talk about a topic that a number of Senators have been talking about and that a number of Senators have been focused on. That is the topic of Taiwan and potentially the defense of Taiwan and the support for Taiwan. As this body knows, in 1979, the Senate passed a very important bill called the Taiwan Relations Act--a very bipartisan bill. From that time on, the Senate has played a very important oversight role in U.S. relations with Taiwan, and it h… Continue Reading


03.23.22

SPEECH: Remembering Congressman Don Young

Mr. President, like my good friend and colleague Senator Murkowski, I rise today to recognize a giant, a larger than life man, certainly a legend in our State, and certainly a legend in the House of Representatives, Congressman for all Alaska, Donald Edwin Young. As Senator Murkowski mentioned, we lost this great Alaskan, this great American, while flying home with his beloved wife, Anne, by his side just this weekend. He was flying back home to Alaska, the State he loved so much and serv… Continue Reading


03.14.22

SPEECH: Biden Slows American Oil & Gas Production

Mr. President, the American people--the world--is watching a really horrendous, barbaric, horrible situation in Ukraine; and we are all praying for the people there, trying to do as much as we can to support them. And this barbarism we are seeing from Vladimir Putin is something I don't think anyone is ever going to forget. We can't let it stand. We need to use all instruments of American power--with our allies--to work to address this long term because this is a long-term problem--the new era… Continue Reading


03.02.22

SPEECH: Energy and Putin's War on Ukraine

Mr. President, obviously, the images coming out of Ukraine and the heroism that we are seeing is inspiring people all across America, all across the world, and it is spurring governments to action, appropriate action. Just the other day, there was a world leader in charge of one of the world's most important countries who was spurred to action. Despite his country and his government having a leftwing leaning, he made announcements--historic, remarkable announcements--that not only stunned… Continue Reading


03.01.22

SPEECH: Biden Must Course Correct on Failing Energy Policy

Mr. President, I want to come down to the floor and talk about the issue that is certainly the focus of America and the world right now, and that is Ukraine, and that is the President's State of the Union Address, which will be a very important one tonight. And I know that Americans all across our great Nation are glued to their televisions, social media streams. And what we are seeing in Europe is quite remarkable, quite unsettling--another major war on the European continent. We are see… Continue Reading


01.18.22

SPEECH: Voting Rights Laws

Mr. President, last week, I gave a long, detailed speech on the topic that was at hand last week and is the topic, right now, that we are focusing on here in the U.S. Senate: voting rights and the majority leader's goal this week, as it was last week, to blow up the legislative filibuster. I believe it would be the first time in U.S. history that a majority leader would actually seek to do this--to blow up the legislative filibuster--which, in and of itself, says a lot. This would, of c… Continue Reading


01.12.22

SPEECH: Voting Rights and the Senate Filibuster

Mr. President, I wanted to come down here, like many of my colleagues today, and talk about a really important topic, and that is the future of the filibuster and the issue of voting rights, both of which are very important to this country. We are going to be focused a lot--perhaps with some major votes, historic votes, in the U.S. Senate this week--on these topics. There has been a lot of talk recently from my Democratic colleagues about actually getting rid of the filibuster. This, as m… Continue Reading


12.15.21

SPEECH: FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

Mr. President, I want to come down to the Senate floor and commend a number of Senators, but I want to particularly commend the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Reed, and the ranking member, Senator Inhofe, and their staff, and all the staff on the Armed Services Committee for the exceptional work they have done over the last several months to produce the strong National Defense Authorization Act that just passed in a very strong bipartisan vote here on the floor of the U.S. Sen… Continue Reading


12.13.21

SPEECH: Ninth Circuit Nominees

Madam President, this week, the Senate is going to take up three Ninth Circuit judges, three Federal judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And in the process, the Biden administration is going to smash an institutional and constitutional norm between the executive and legislative branches, particularly the executive branch, the White House, and the U.S. Senate that every U.S. Senator--all 100 of us--should be concerned about. Let me explain. This is a really impo… Continue Reading


10.19.21

SPEECH: IRI's 2021 Freedom Award Celebration

It is a great honor to be here with you tonight as the Chairman of IRI. I want to thank President Dan Twining for his exceptional leadership, the IRI Board, and so many of my Senate colleagues for being here tonight. And of course, the many supporters of IRI who have made this such a successful evening. Tonight we are here to celebrate democracy and its heroes, and to thank all those who work across the globe to counter one of the 21st century's most significant challenges-the rise of pow… Continue Reading


10.18.21

SPEECH: Biden's Vaccine Mandates

Mr. President, I want to address a topic this afternoon here in the U.S. Senate that I believe not enough people are talking about. It is something that I certainly heard a lot about when I was back home in Alaska, and I think it is something that millions of Americans are talking about. But nobody here on the Senate floor is talking about, but we should be because this goes to constitutional authority, and it goes to what I believe means to be an American--freedom, liberty, and it is thi… Continue Reading


09.27.21

SPEECH: Democrats' Tax and Spending Spree

Mr. President, I want to talk about transparency, and I want to talk about the need for transparency here in the U.S. Senate more than ever. The House and the Senate are moving with breakneck speed to pass one of the biggest, most reckless spending social bills in U.S. history, over $3.5 trillion--a spending spree that will be the largest in a generation--which will include the largest tax hike that we have seen in peacetime and something that the majority leader himself has called the largest … Continue Reading


09.23.21

SPEECH: Biden's Afghanistan Debacle

Mr. President, there have been a lot of discussions on the floor today--and I fully support them--about an important, important role of the U.S. Senate that we need to take on with regard to our oversight responsibility of what the entire country has recently observed as a fiasco, debacle, with regard to foreign policy in Afghanistan that is going to have consequences for years. Like all of us, I was home over August when all of these images on TV were unfolding. And I will tell you, I d… Continue Reading


05.04.21

SPEECH: Sen. Sullivan Addresses Alaska Legislature

WASHINGTON - On Monday, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. In his sixth address since taking office, Sullivan discussed ongoing challenges posed by the Biden administration, highlighted bipartisan accomplishments throughout his first term, and opportunities to bolster Alaska's economic future, including his forthcoming pro-jobs energy and climate plan. Click here to watch video of the senator's speech. Transcript: Many things have changed… Continue Reading


03.25.21

SPEECH: Sullivan Cautions Colleagues Against Curtailing Legislative Filibuster

WASHINGTON-On the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) urged his colleagues not to curtail the legislative filibuster-the 60-vote threshold necessary to advance legislation-and to consider the long-term ramifications of changing this foundational rule of debate in the Senate in exchange for short-term partisan benefits. Sen. Sullivan noted that when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the presidency just a few years ago, but lacked a filibuster-pro… Continue Reading


03.24.21

SPEECH: Sullivan speaks on U.S.-China relations - March 24, 2021

Mr. President, I wanted to come down to the Senate floor for a couple reasons, but first I want to talk a little bit about what happened in Alaska last weekend--actually, a really important meeting between the United States and China, our senior diplomats, their senior diplomats. It took place in Anchorage, and let's just say the meeting was as frosty as the Alaska air. It was a tough meeting. The Chinese came out, kind of took a little advantage of being extra verbose in their opening st… Continue Reading


02.08.21

SPEECH: Remembering George P. Shultz

Madam President, as many of us know, our country is mourning the loss of a great man, a man who I believe was one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. Yesterday, we all received the sad news that George Shultz, Secretary Shultz, died in his home in California yesterday. He was 100 years old. He just celebrated his 100th birthday in December. He was a man of great intelligence, of courage, of integrity. He exemplified service, what is great about this Nation, and hope for our country--no… Continue Reading


10.23.19

SPEECH: Honoring Alaska's Late Senator Ted Stevens

Mr. President, I want to add my voice in recognizing what an important day it is here. I want to thank the Senators from Alabama and Mississippi and, of course, my good friend Senator Murkowski. Many other Senators--the Senators from California, Iowa--all came to the floor already today to talk about this great American, this great Alaskan. I try to come to the floor about once a week, and I do a speech that I call the ``Alaskan of the Week'' to talk about an Alaskan who has done great s… Continue Reading


09.23.19

SPEECH: Winning the New Cold War with China and How America Should Respond

I. Introduction It is a special privilege for me to take part in the annual B.C. Lee Lecture Series. I want to thank the Lee Family for their support of this proud tradition of addressing what are very important issues for American foreign policy, and I also want to thank the Heritage Foundation for the great work that they do on so many issues. It truly is an honor to be here. The United States has a very long history in the Indo-Pacific and has recognized for centuries that our own future is… Continue Reading


05.10.19

SPEECH: IRI Freedom Award Dinner

1) Creative Power of American Democracy It is a great honor to be here with you tonight as the new chair of IRI. I want to thank Dan for his energized leadership, the IRI Board, and so many of my Senate colleagues for being here tonight. And of course, the many supporters of IRI who have made this such a successful evening. One of the honors of my lifetime was having John McCain as a friend and a mentor. Like most things with Senator McCain, it was not a subtle experience. In fact, a lot of t… Continue Reading

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