Sullivan Votes Against "Green New Deal"

Statement

Date: March 26, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Environment

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today voted against a resolution supporting a federal "Green New Deal." The resolution was originally introduced in early February in the House by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the resolution up for a vote today. The resolution failed on a vote of 0 to 57. Forty-three senators in the Democratic minority, including the dozen Democratic senators who originally co-sponsored the resolution, voted "present."

"As Alaskans can attest, there is a strong correlation between poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, and the health of our citizens," said Senator Sullivan. "Responsible resource development historically has lifted whole communities out of poverty and lengthened life expectancy. I cannot support a proposal that would place such an absurdly large tax burden on American taxpayers and, at the same time, seek to vanquish whole industries that so many Alaskans and Americans rely on to support their families. I thank my colleagues who had the courage today to show where they stand on this truly radical effort to upend our country and its economy."

Earlier this month, Senator Sullivan spoke on the Senate floor detailing his concerns about the Green New Deal proposal and its potential impact on the economic well-being of Alaskans and all Americans.


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