Eileen McMenamin, Director of Communications
Washington, DC - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) commends Senator Tom Daschle on his selection as the Health and Human Services Secretary and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, a new position, in the incoming Obama-Biden Administration. In 2007, Senator Daschle joined with three other former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell to create the BPC, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the most pressing public policy challenges of our time.
"The Bipartisan Policy Center would like to applaud Senator Daschle for being selected to serve in the incoming Administration. The appointment of Senator Daschle demonstrates that health care will be a priority for this Administration. He is a thoughtful leader who will play a vital role in finding solutions to the increasing health care crisis in America," said Mitchell.
Senators Baker, Dole and Mitchell expressed their gratitude to Senator Daschle for the dedication and expertise he provided during his time at the BPC, specifically on the Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care. He played an instrumental role in launching the organization and furthering its mission of bipartisan consensus-building, particularly on issues such as health care, agriculture and natural resources management.
"Senator Daschle's leadership has been a true asset to the BPC. We have relied on his guidance and knowledge as the organization has grown and developed," said Baker. "His perspective and ability to reach across the aisle have been critical to our success in addressing some of the nation's most difficult challenges."
"The BPC and its staff will greatly miss Senator Daschle's energetic leadership. His substantive involvement across a range of programs and commitment to the BPC's core values have been critical to our early achievements. We wish him great success in his new position," said Jason Grumet, Founder and President of the BPC.
"The leadership abilities Senator Daschle developed during his many years in the House and Senate were invaluable to the BPC and its projects, including the Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care and the 21st Century Agriculture Policy Project," said Dole. "My colleagues and I congratulate him and look forward to his leadership in the new Administration."