Congressman Crowley Applauds Confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as the Next U.S. Surgeon General

December 15, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, released the statement below following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as the next surgeon general:

“I congratulate Dr. Murthy on his confirmation as our nation’s next surgeon general. He is a dedicated fighter for public health and I know he will work tirelessly to improve the health of all Americans. I was proud to stand with him during his confirmation process, and I look forward to working with him in his new role.

“I’m glad that this nomination didn’t fall victim to partisan bickering and pressure from special interests, but this is more than a political victory.  The confirmation of the first surgeon general of Indian descent is a victory for the entire Indian-American community, whose young children will grow up knowing that anything is within their reach.

“It’s a victory for our medical community, with a dynamic and skilled physician leading our public health policies as our nation’s top doctor.

“And, this is a victory for the American people and ensuring better health for all.”

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.