Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens Receives Satellite Leadership in Government Award

February 7, 2006

Washington, D.C. – The Satellite Leadership in Government Award has been presented to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA). This award is bestowed annually on a government employee, civil servant, or Member of Congress who exemplifies leadership and whose dedication to public service serves as an example to others in government.

“Our award recipient this year stood head and shoulders above all his colleagues in the Congress in recognizing the important role that satellites can play before, during, and after natural and manmade disasters. As leader of the Senate Commerce Committee, time and time and time again, he focused the Committees’ and Congress’ attention on the satellite industry, its services, and the unique role we can play in national security, homeland security, domestic preparedness and disaster relief and recovery,” said SIA Executive Director David Cavossa. “For that, our industry and indeed the nation, owe him a debt of gratitude and I can think of nobody more deserving of this award.”

“I am truly honored to receive this award and would like to commend the satellite industry for their involvement in public safety. Your industry has provided first responders with a ubiquitous means of communication, which was proven to be particularly helpful during the recent hurricane disasters. I look forward to working with all of you as our Committee reviews and updates our nation's communications laws, and I hope you will all remember that my door is open to everyone to hear their ideas as we move forward,” said Chairman Stevens.

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