A mix of industry and congressional representatives congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday. Here’s a selection of those statements and tweets.
- CTIA President/CEO Meredith Attwell Baker: “We congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris and look forward to working with them to help bring the benefits of mobile broadband to all Americans.”
- NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield: “The Inaugural Presidential Oath of Office has been handed down by our Constitution since 1789. I am always awed & inspired by our democracy. A pledge from @NTCAconnect to work with @WhiteHouse in critical days ahead.”
- Former FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: “I welcome our new President and Vice President. While I’ll likely disagree with many policy calls to come, I pray for America’s success. The next election is years away. The Union that is America continues.”
- NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith: “Sincere congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration. As we celebrate this hallmark tradition of our democracy, broadcasters will do our part to encourage all Americans to come together to address the difficult challenges ahead. In that spirit, NAB looks forward to working with the new Administration and Congress on bipartisan policies to address the serious crises facing our nation, while helping keep our millions of listeners and viewers informed, safe and connected.”
- The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) is led by former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), who chaired the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet; Bruce Mehlman, who was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy; and Kim Keenan, longest-serving female general counsel of the NAACP. “We stand ready and eager to work with the new Administration on the extraordinary challenges facing our nation at this critical time. From COVID to climate change, economic recovery to social justice, universal broadband is an essential part of the solution. Partnership combining government resources and prioritization with private-sector innovation and management can overcome the digital divide and unleash the entrepreneurs, innovators and market leaders essential to long-term answers.”
- House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ): “It is a new day in America! President Joe Biden has officially been sworn in and will bring honor, decency and empathy to the Office of the President. I look forward to working with him and his administration. Kamala Harris has made history and will become the first woman to assume the vice presidency and the first person of Black or Indian heritage to hold the position. I am honored to witness this monumental occasion.”
- House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “On this Inauguration Day, I wish Joseph Biden success as the 46th President of the United States. We have many immediate challenges ahead to beat this pandemic, save lives with the vaccine, and reopen the economy. To achieve those goals, it’s my hope we can work in a bipartisan way and advance solutions that will uphold the Constitution and empower people with the courage to dream again.”