Sullivan secures NDAA rider to advance Alaska mining road

By Hannah Northey, Andres Picon | 06/18/2024 06:46 AM EDT

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorization Act last week.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) has voted to fight the administration's move to block the contentious Ambler mining road. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate’s $912 billion defense policy bill would reverse the Biden administration’s move to reject the contentious Ambler mining road in Alaska, said Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Sullivan said Friday he was able to attach an amendment to the fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee last week on a 22-3 vote.

The Biden administration earlier this year signaled its intent to block the 211-mile-long mining road because of concerns about subsistence hunting and fishing in Alaska, as well as caribou populations and permafrost.


Sullivan, in a release, said the defense bill includes a provision that would “rescind the Biden administration’s lawless rejection of the previously approved Ambler Access Project — a nonpublic road to one of America’s most prolific untapped reserves of critical minerals, resources that our country is concerningly reliant on China to produce.”