Senate passes spending bill in a hurry, but Sen. Sullivan says there was no due diligence, so he voted no


Hours after the U.S. House passed a $1.5 trillion spending bill, the U.S. Senate also passed the bill. But at 2,700 pages, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said it was too long of a bill, with less than a day for senators to review, and he voted no. Sullivan is known for carefully reading bills that he votes on.

“There’s a lot in this bill that I support and have been strongly advocating for, including items I authored, like the Choose Respect Act and a section to implement the electronic delivery of protective orders, both contained in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) title of the bill. This bill also contains some important Alaska priorities and infrastructure projects that I strongly support. The bill’s robust funding for our military and national defense is an important achievement—something I advocated for strongly—particularly when compared to the president’s budget request that cut defense spending. I have also consistently supported increased lethal and humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian people. In fact, I am an original cosponsor of a standalone bill to provide this critically-needed support for Ukraine,” Sullivan said.

“However, this is a more than $1.5 trillion dollar bill, negotiated and agreed to only by House and Senate leadership, and their staff. It is 2,700 pages long, with thousands more pages in supporting documentation, and senators were provided a little over one day to review and analyze it. Therefore, I could not support such a bill on which my staff and I were unable to do our appropriate and necessary due diligence. We need to fix our broken budget process that does not serve our military, government or the American people well.”

Sullivan departed ways with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted in favor of the package, and Congressman Don Young, who was one of 29 Republicans in the House who voted in favor of the spending package.


  1. Dan
    I suggest you try the reading program that former senator Mark Begich used when he read the large multi thousand bill he received in 1 day.

    • Uh….yeah….well sort of …..
      And in one day, Mayor Mark Begich was able to put Anchorage deeply into debt with his unionized contracts. Maybe Begich was good at speed reading, but not good at due diligence.
      I’ll take Sullivan any day over Begich.

      • Agree with Paul. Begich was just a typical Democrat, using subversion and deceipt to pass spending bills. Begich put Anchorage into fiscal decline, and over time would have done the same to the country as a US Senator. So glad that Sullivan kicked his …
        and so glad that the great BS artist doctor, bear hunter Gross also got whipped.
        But I will be voting for Nick Begich3.

    • I wouldn’t vote for it, either. Laying down almost 3000 pages in one day and expecting someone to be able to not only read it, but hash out all the pros and cons of it was clearly a sneaky maneuver, and that’s putting it politely.

    • Holding the line LOL. He would have voted for it if his vote was needed. Regardless the country is wasting our wealth like there’s no tomorrow.

  2. Not to worry…Murkowski and Young will soon be gone. Thank you Senator Sullivan for not spending unknowingly!!

  3. Thank you Senator Sulivan for being responsible to the people of this country and state. What difference would it have made if this bill had taken an extra two or three days or week for such proper action. Such was not the intent or purpose of the other party. They simply wanted what they wanted regardless of the mid or long term impact to this country. Standing strong on such an issue is not easy for most but yet easy for Senator Sulivan to which I respect.

  4. Oh Danny…you didn’t do your ‘due diligence’ on Deb Haaland. I do believe your constituents are getting through to you.

  5. Yes, folks, the downward spiral of Our Country is picking up speed.
    Orange Man not so Bad after all?!

    • America is recovering- not spiraling down. And why? Because the load-bearing tumor Donald Trump was removed. Trump is 1000% corrupt. It was obvious in 2015 but even more so now as investigations reveal the crooks and cockroaches that made up his gangster mob.

      • Gunter, your divorcement from reality is near-total if you think that this nation is “recovering”. Trump had his many faults, but to not acknowledge the steep and accelerating downward spiral that the USA (not “America”) has been in since January of last year is to deny all truth, all evidence and all reason.

          • Gunter, impressive last word , ” You’re wrong! No reasoning, and no empirical evidence to support your claim and yet you boldly make such pronouncements, you must have ” special” knowledge.
            I only wish you would share this knowledge with us because this certainly doesn’t look good to America.

  6. All bills should be read aloud by the clerk to a quorum present in the chamber before they can be voted on.

  7. To what end? The Senator should have leveraged his vote for $900 million to fix the Port of Anchorage. The Feds just print the money anyway.

  8. AK Sen. Sullivan: Sending Ukraine Polish Fighter Jets ‘Not Provocative



  9. Ya gotta bring home the bacon for us fierce, proud, independent Alaskans! Just vote for the damn thing and get more earmarks in next time. Hasn’t Don Young taught you anything?

  10. Here is a Concept fund each Department individually like is supposed to be done that would enable Congress to actually know what is in the Bill before passing the Bill instead of “We Must Pass It to See what is in it”. Parts of this Bill may have been good but most of it was just PORK. Also just saying I voted because it had some money for Alaska is also bad with the other stuff that will negate to good for Alaska narrative. Did anyone know that in this Bill is more erosion of our 2A rights.

  11. Gun Owners of America takes exception to many parts of this bill, including sums to make local law enforcement newly minted extensions of BATF. This is a very bad bill, lots and lots of pork along with the socialist agenda tossed in and the resulting loss of liberties that will follow.
    I commend the Senator for this vote, for whatever reason he cast it. Almost makes me think that my campaign contributions to him were not in vain!
    I note that LISA voted for this garbage.
    Thanks Frank for the gift that just keeps on giving…

  12. I will give credit where credit is due Dan, thank you for the no vote! Now, lets see you stand up publicly and criticize the party for passing it. You need to join our future Senator Kelly Tshibaka in demanding McConnell step down from the Senate Leader position because he is selling out America.

  13. Senator Sullivan: What happened today when Dr. Paul Alexander and a couple of the truck convoy spokespeople showed up for the convoy mandate meeting they had scheduled with you? From what I am able to discern, whatever it was, they left with a bad feeling about how you greased them off. I kind of have the same feeling.

  14. It seems more and more that our tone-deaf government has turned into nothing more than an organized crime syndicate. Instead of following the Constitution they make their own rules, do not answer to their constituents and seek total control of every aspect of our lives. With their plan to add 87,000 new IRS agents it’s obvious they want more of our money so they can pursue their own agenda – Green, LGBTQ+, CRT, Equity or otherwise. They want to control our kids’ education so they can indoctrinate future generations of sycophants. They want to control our speech and our beliefs so they can ensure our subservience. They want our guns so, ultimately, we can’t say “No.” A tax revolt won’t work if less than half of the population either doesn’t pay taxes or gets most of its income from the government. If Alaskans vote to secede from the union, the Federal government under this administration would do to us exactly what the Kremlin under Putin is doing to Ukraine. You can’t vote the idiots out because they may or may not have rigged the electoral processes in their favor. So, what is the answer?

  15. Hey folks, while you are asking Dan Sullivan to stand up to the big spenders in D.C., you can also ask him to bring Secretary Mayorkas of DHS in before the Senate and explain why he considers anyone that questions the 2020 election fraud and the false information given to us about COVID-19 and the vaccines, a Domestic Terrorist. Check out the following information.

    Now Mayorkas is working on a very important project. Rather than shut down the border, Mayorkas released new rules on “extremism”.

    The new guidelines on extremist behavior include those who question the fraud in the 2020 election and anyone who question the regime’s talking points on COVID and its treatments including the mandates.

    “A March 2021 unclassified threat assessment prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice, and DHS, noted that domestic violent extremists “who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021. The assessment pointed to newer “sociopolitical developments such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence” that “will almost certainly spur some [domestic violent extremists] [sic] to try to engage in violence this year.”

    So, in a nut shell, if you use your First Amendment rights, you are a violent extremist targeted by your government. Welcome to tyranny and the new Nazi SS.

  16. Thank you Daniel… you did good, but only half the job. The other half was to convince RINO Murkowski and Lost Reason Young (I’m convinced neither read the bill and if they did they would have seen the rabid waste) to vote NO also. Thankfully there is an election coming.

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