Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding his vote to oppose Dr. Rachel Levine’s nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
 
“In Pennsylvania, the pandemic struck seniors in nursing homes disproportionately hard compared to other states. This was due in part to poor decisions and oversight by Dr. Levine and the Wolf administration. Moreover, the commonwealth’s extended economic lockdown that Dr. Levine advocated for was excessive, arbitrary in nature, and has led to a slower recovery. While I appreciate Dr. Levine’s service and responsiveness to my office over the past year, she has not earned a promotion to help lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and I cannot support her confirmation.”
 

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