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Senator Johnson Opposes Former WI Health Official Despite Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

Senator Ron Johnson Again Shows He’s Far Outside What Wisconsinites Expect from Elected Leaders in Washington

By - May 11th, 2021 11:43 am

MADISON, Wis.— Today Opportunity Wisconsin released the following statement after U.S. Senator Ron Johnson voted against confirming the highly-regarded Wisconsin official who oversaw the state’s pandemic response and made Wisconsin a national leader in vaccine distribution. Andrea Palm received overwhelmingly bipartisan support—61 votes—as she was confirmed today to be the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. But Johnson took the rare step of voting against a home-state nominee who is highly qualified for the job, showing once again that he’s far outside the mainstream of what Wisconsinites expect from their elected leaders in Washington. Palm most recently served as Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Meghan Roh, Opportunity Wisconsin program director:
“With this vote, Senator Johnson has once again put politics over the American people. Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm is not only uniquely qualified to serve as we recover from the pandemic’s devastation, but has a proven track record of bold leadership on behalf of the Badger State. Wisconsin residents deserve elected leaders who will stand with them, instead of standing in the way. Senator Johnson continues to throw up roadblocks to our recovery, and we all must continue to hold him accountable for it.”

Yesterday, after Senator Johnson opposed Palm’s nomination in a preliminary vote, Opportunity Wisconsin called on Senator Johnson to put his COVID conspiracies aside and support the former Wisconsin health official in this morning’s vote.

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