FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2017
Senate Democrats Denounce Republican Majority’s Refusal to Meet in Joint Session
JUNEAU – Today, the Republican Senate Majority voted along caucus lines to immediately adjourn a joint session called by a proclamation from Governor Bill Walker. The purpose of the session was to vote on confirmations of more than 100 Alaskans to fill vital government roles including Attorney General for the State of Alaska. A previous call to a joint session earlier in the month was refused by the Senate Majority.
“This is embarrassing for the Senate, frankly,” said Senate Democratic Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage). “We are here to do the work of the people, not to play these ridiculous political games. Behavior like this disrespects the Alaskans who have stepped forward to do the work of the people, and it disrespects the people themselves. Alaskans deserve better than this.”
“These nominees offered to serve Alaska and have been waiting months for this day. They should not be used as political pawns,” said Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage).
Members of the press with inquiries may contact Jeanne Devon, Press Secretary for the Alaska Senate Democrats at 907-465-5319.