WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President-elect Obama's nomination of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as Secretary of Health and Human Services and naming him the Director of a new White House Office of Health Reform:
"Tom Daschle's nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services and his selection as Director of the new White House Office of Health Reform is great news for all Americans worried about the cost and quality of their health care, and for the millions who do not have health insurance. His selection demonstrates that President-elect Obama is committed to reforming and modernizing our health care system to provide all Americans with affordable, accessible health care.
"It was a privilege to work with Tom Daschle when we both served as Minority Leaders in the United States Congress. During that time, we worked to expand health care and strengthen opportunity for America's working families. He will now take those priorities to the President's Cabinet, where he will be a powerful advocate for all Americans. I look forward to working with him on these vital issues."
SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House