Statement of George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, on the new House Speaker:

October 25, 2023

“The selection of Rep. Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House—with unanimous Republican support—underscores how entirely out-of-step the Republican Party is with the American people.  Rep. Johnson has a reprehensible voting record:  he voted to gut nutrition programs for children, criminalize abortion, end Social Security, and eliminate the Violence Against Women Act.  He voted against the Workplace Violence in Health Care Act and against legislation to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers and older workers.  He voted against supplemental funding for the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program.  And he helped lead the charge to overturn the will of the American people in the 2020 election.

“MAGA extremists like Rep. Johnson pose an existential threat to the future of our democracy and the bedrock principles of justice and equality we hold dear.  The 450,000 healthcare workers of 1199SEIU are ready to do whatever is needed to ensure there is a House majority in 2024, which moves our nation forward for the benefit of all.”