Sullivan Statement on Compromise Proposal to End the Partial Government Shutdown


Date: Jan. 24, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today voted in support of legislation to fully fund the government and end the partial shutdown.

"Today, the bipartisan proposal I supported would have re-opened the government, provided necessary funding to secure our Southern border with a barrier and also by using 21st Century technologies, and would fund an increase in much-needed border patrol agents and immigration judges. The bill would have also provided a degree of certainty to the DACA participants -- young people who were brought to our country through no fault of their own. At the end of the day, this bill was a compromise proposal that included both Democratic and Republican priorities.

"The bill is also particularly important to Alaska. It would have extended the Violence Against Women Act, and also would have appropriated vital funding to help Alaskans recover from the November 2018 earthquake. Overall, the bill was a good starting point to build consensus.

"By contrast, I voted against Senator Schumer's proposal, because, had it passed the Senate, it would have been vetoed, sending us right back to our current situation -- gridlock -- while delaying the constructive negotiations that are going on right now. We need to open the government, secure our borders and pay our federal workers. We do not need further delays and more political posturing.

"The situation for our federal workers--including our men and women in the U.S. Coast Guard--is unacceptable. It's past time for Congress to come to the negotiating table and strike a bipartisan deal."