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Sullivan returns to Alaska for family funeral amid Senate debate

Added 03-05-21 07:57:03pm EST - “Sen. Dan Sullivan (R)? departed Washington, D.C., on Friday to return home to Alaska for a family funeral, leaving Republicans short a vote amid? the Senate's free-wheeling debate over? the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Sullivan returns to Alaska for family funeral amid Senate debate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (R) departed Washington, D.C., on Friday to return home to Alaska for a family funeral, leaving Republicans short a vote amid the Senate's free-wheeling debate over the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

“Due to the recent passing of his father-in-law, Senator Sullivan had to depart on a Friday afternoon flight to make it back to Fairbanks, Alaska in time for the funeral,” Sullivan spokesperson Nate Adams told The Hill.

“Senator Sullivan intended to vote against final passage of the bill and made his opposition clear in a statement on Thursday, after his vote against the motion to proceed with consideration of the bill,” Adams added. 

Sullivan’s departure will mean Republicans have one less vote to rely on as they push amendments to the relief package as part of the chamber's sprawling vote-a-rama session.

During the session, any senator can propose an amendment to be added to the relief package, with only a majority vote needed for it to succeed.

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