U.S. SENATE Confirms Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health

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U.S. Senate Confirms Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr Rachel Levine As U.S. Assistant Health Secretary

The United States Senate has confirmed that former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine is the country’s Assistant Health Secretary. She is the first openly transgender federal public servant to obtain Senate confirmation. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Voted in favor of Levine. He issued the following statement: “Dr. Levine is the kind of crisis-tested leader our nation needs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during this difficult time for the nation. long career in medicine and in the public service, she demonstrated her extensive knowledge of healthcare and public health and her skills as a manager. I was proud to vote to confirm her as Assistant Secretary of Health to HHS and to support his historic nomination. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) voted against Levine’s nomination. He issued the following statement ahead of the vote: “In Pennsylvania, the pandemic has hit seniors in homes of nursing disproportionately compared to other states. This was in part due to poor decisions and oversight by Dr. Levine and the Wolf administration. the prolonged economic lockdown that Dr. Levine has had advocated was excessive, arbitrary in nature and resulted in slower recovery. While I appreciate Dr. Levine’s service and responsiveness to my office over the past year, she did not get a promotion to help lead the United States Department of Health and Human Services and I cannot not support his confirmation. ”Statement by LevineLevine released this statement after his confirmation:“ I am honored that the United States Senate has voted in favor of my appointment as Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. I am grateful to President Biden and Vice President Harris for appointing me to this important post. I look forward to working under Secretary Becerra’s leadership and ensuring that we advance policies that advance health and wellness. well being of all Americans. For health, I would like to take this opportunity to address members of the LGBTQ community. First of all, thank you. It is only because of your hard work and advocacy during d e many decades that my story is possible. I am honored to be the first transgender person to hold a position confirmed by the Senate. As Vice President Harris said, I recognize that I may be the first, but I take comfort in knowing that I will not be the last. When I assume this position, I will be standing on the shoulders of those who came before me – people we know throughout history and those whose names we will never know because they were forced to live and to work in the shadows. reach out to transgender youth. I know that you are faced with many difficult challenges every day. Unfortunately, some of the challenges you face come from people who would seek to use your identity and your situation as a weapon. It hurts. I know. I cannot promise you that these attacks will stop immediately, but I will do everything possible to support and defend you. President Obama has often reminded us that not all progress happens in a straight line. What I can tell you is that there is room for you in America and in our government. Our ‘more perfect union’ includes you too. ”

The United States Senate has confirmed that former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine is the country’s Assistant Health Secretary.

She is the first openly transgender federal public servant to obtain Senate confirmation.

The final vote was 52-48.

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Voted in favor of Levine. He issued the following statement:

“Dr. Levine is the kind of crisis-tested leader our nation needs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during this difficult time for the nation. public service, she has demonstrated her deep knowledge of healthcare and public health and her skills as a manager.I was proud to vote to confirm her as Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and to support her appointment. historical. “

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Voted against Levine’s nomination. He released the following statement ahead of the vote:

“In Pennsylvania, the pandemic has hit seniors in nursing homes disproportionately compared to other states. This was in part due to poor decisions and poor oversight from Dr. Levine and the Wolf administration. Further, the extended Commonwealth economic lockdown that Dr Levine advocated was excessive, arbitrary in nature, and led to slower recovery. While I appreciate Dr Levine’s service and responsiveness to my office over the past year, she did not get a promotion to help lead the US Department of Health and Human Services and I cannot support its confirmation. ”

Levine’s statement

Levine released this statement after his confirmation:

“I am honored that the United States Senate voted in favor of my appointment as Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. I am grateful to President Biden and Vice President Harris for appointing me to this important position I look forward to working under Secretary Becerra’s leadership in ensuring that we advance policies that advance the health and well-being of all Americans.

“As I prepare to be sworn in and become Assistant Secretary of Health, I would like to take this opportunity to speak to members of the LGBTQ community. possible story. I am honored to be the first transgender person to hold a position confirmed by the Senate. As Vice President Harris said, I recognize that I can be the first, but I take comfort in knowing that I will not be the last When I assume this position, I will stand on the shoulders of those who m ‘came before – people we know throughout history and those whose names we will never know because they were forced to live and work in the shadows.

“In particular, I want to speak to transgender youth. I know that every day you face many difficult challenges. Unfortunately, some of the challenges you face come from people who would seek to use your identity and your situation as one. weapon. It hurts. I know. I cannot promise you that these attacks will stop immediately, but I will do my best to support and defend you. President Obama has often reminded us that not all progress comes in What I can tell you is that there is a place for you in America and in our government. Our “more perfect union” includes you too. “

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