Women’s Health Leader Says Country Will Be Better Off Because Senate Stood Up to Special Interests and Confirmed Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

“We applaud the Senate for confirming Vivek Murthy to serve as the country’s top doc — the Surgeon General of the United States. The Senate acted in the public interest by standing up to the gun lobby and confirming this highly qualified candidate, who has won support from more than 100 of the nation’s most highly respected medical and public health organizations and several former surgeons general. Murthy has pledged to focus on reducing obesity and increasing access to mental health care — both issues of critical importance. The country will be better off for his service.

Special interest groups must not be allowed to choose the country’s top doctor. Murthy should have been confirmed quickly and without controversy. It was gratifying to see a majority of senators put the people’s interests first today by voting to confirm him.”

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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