MILWAUKEE — As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office Wednesday, Wisconsin lawmakers issued their own responses to the change in power in the executive branch.
Read their statements below:
Sen. Tammy Baldwin:
Sen. Ron Johnson:
I wish President Biden well and encourage him to follow through on his pledge to be a president for all Americans and act to unify our divided nation.— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 20, 2021
Rep. Gwen Moore:
“Today was very special as our country ushers in a new era. I place great confidence in the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris and know they will immediately move to put the resources of the federal government to work to end the pandemic, relieve the economic pain felt during this recession, and help heal racial and political divisions.
On day one, President Biden and Vice President Harris are already working hard to address the multiple crises inflicting our country and with a plan to build back better. I am very excited to work with the Biden administration in the 117th Congress!”
Rep. Scott Fitzgerald:
“Today, in the nation’s capital, we will witness one of the hallmarks of our republic – the peaceful transition of power. The freedoms we are promised, however, cannot be taken for granted. Every elected official has a duty to uphold the Constitution above all else.
“President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will swear an oath today, as Congress has done, to ensure the liberties enshrined in the Constitution remain a solemn promise for all Americans. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and this administration on behalf of the people of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District in the 117th Congress.”
Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson:
I want to personally congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration today – standing to take their oaths on a space that was defiled by insurrectionist terrorists on January 6th.
It is truly a new day in America, and as President Biden so powerfully said, ‘Democracy has prevailed.’
Perhaps never in our history have we needed a President and Vice President to take the wheel and steer our nation through and out of deadly, devastating and multiple ongoing crises. Indeed this administration and government has much to tackle: Intermingled, longstanding, and complex social, national, and natural problems.
Climate must be addressed. Racial justice must be addressed. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic must be addressed. Economic devastation must be addressed. Threats to democracy must be addressed. Commitment to truth must be addressed.
Today President Biden said: ‘Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.’
Amen, Mr. President.
America is indispensable and we must work collectively in a sense of togetherness to move it forward.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin:
The Republican Party of Wisconsin:
“President Trump’s pro-growth agenda and conservative policies brought about landmark achievements for Wisconsin. Under the President’s leadership, Wisconsin saw tremendous economic growth, historic peace agreements and hundreds of conservative judges appointed to our courts. We commend President Trump for his strong legacy of conservative accomplishments and thank him for his four years of service to our nation.”