Members of Wisconsin’s current congressional delegation added their hope Inauguration Day would mark a new time of unity and collaboration between parties.
“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,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, an ally of former President Trump.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, tweeted twice. The first tweet featured a photo of herself wearing a mask near the inauguration ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol building and said: “Today, America begins a new path forward. We have a lot of work to do, and I know Joe and Kamala are ready to do it.”
Her second tweet featured a photo of Biden along with the caption: “@POTUS Joe Biden: ‘Democracy has prevailed.'”
Freshman U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in a statement he looks forward to working with the incoming Biden administration.
He also said the freedoms promised in the U.S. Constitution “cannot be taken for granted.”
“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,” he added.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, said he wants the new administration to prioritize implementing a “national, coordinated plan to defeat COVID-19.”
He also congratulated Harris on being the “first Black, first Asian and first woman Vice President.”
“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work alongside this new Administration to move our country forward and build back better,” Kind added.
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Allouez, also said he looks forward to working with the incoming administration.
“From successfully distributing a vaccine to combating threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party, it’s my hope that in the days ahead we can find enduring solutions that make the lives of Northeast Wisconsinites better,” he said.
Despite his disagreements with the incoming administration, the Marine veteran said he is “ready to work with them on the enormous challenges facing our country and my family will be praying for them and their families.”
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, also had COVID-19 on his mind during the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States.
“I am confident that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ready to progress our country through crisis and by reminding us of the humanity behind the 400,000 who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in America and the millions who are still unemployed, hungry or unhoused,” Pocan said in a statement.
He said the inauguration marks a chance for Americans to “build our country back” after “four years of corruption, bigotry, chaos and crisis.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, tweeted today she is looking forward to working with the new administration.
“I am looking forward to working with an Administration that wants to champion policies” that put workers first, restore safety net programs and support people who are most vulnerable.
She also called the inauguration the beginning of a “new era” in a press statement.
“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,” she added in the statement.
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