March 17, 2021

Kaine Statement on Vote to Confirm Key Administration Health Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the nominations of Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health were sent to the Senate floor for confirmation:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most mismanaged crises in American history largely because we did not have the right people in place to properly handle this emergency. I’m pleased to see Attorney General Becerra, Dr. Murthy, and Dr. Levine each have exceptional expertise to strengthen our federal response and collaborate with state and local health officials to help implement strategies to help us recover from this pandemic. I will vote to confirm each nominee so we can quickly get to work on better addressing this crisis.”