Murkowski Votes For Commerce Nominee Penny Pritzker

Senator Satisfied that “Sound Science, Not Political Advocacy” Will Guide Policy

Washington, dc – Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for Penny Priztker, President Obama’s Nominee to head the Department of Commerce, issuing the following statement afterwards:

“When I recently met with Ms. Pritzker, I was pleased to hear a woman willing to engage on a number of key Alaskan concerns – from Arctic development and fisheries issues to the use of electronic monitoring for small boats and the impact of Stellar sea lion restrictions on commercial fishermen.

“Ms. Pritzker gave me added confidence in her capabilities when she stressed that sound science, not political advocacy, must be the backbone of the federal government’s decisions with our oceans, fish and wildlife.  I invite her up to Alaska to visit our one-of-a-kind state, people and the nation’s largest fishery personally.”

Senator Murkowski sits on the U.S. Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee.