WASHINGTON--Commerce Secretary nominee Penny Pritzker met with South Dakota Sen. John Thune on Thursday; the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, holding a confirmation hearing on Pritzker on May 23.
Pritzker's first Senate calls have been with members of that committee--with an exception her first visit, with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has been non-commital on the confirmation of the billionaire Chicago business executive, philanthropist and close personal friend of President Barack Obama.
Thune also met with Transportation nominee Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
"I would like to thank both nominees for taking the time to meet with me in my office today. The confirmation process should be a rigorous, fair, and thorough exercise and I appreciate the nominees sharing more about their backgrounds, qualifications, and vision for both cabinet agencies," Thune said in a statement.
"Americans continue to suffer from weak economic growth and persistent, high unemployment, and I had an opportunity to hear from Ms. Pritzker how she believes the Commerce Department can better work to address those and other issues. I expressed to Mayor Foxx that our nation faces a number of transportation challenges that will require strong leadership and effective communication with Congress to keep our nation moving.
"I will continue to review the paperwork they submitted in preparation for their confirmation hearings next week and expect that they will continue to be open and forthcoming as the process moves forward."