WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark released the below statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:  

“Today is a new beginning for America. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris represent the strength of our democracy and an opportunity to repair and rebuild our nation.  

“After four years of conflict, corruption and chaos, the American people chose hope and healing. The new administration, in partnership with a Democratic House and Senate, will bring solutions and an end to the great suffering afflicting our nation, from the devastation wrought by the pandemic to the deep pains of injustice. Our work begins to rebuild a stronger, more just America where every family has a fair shot and where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

“While there are obstacles ahead of us, we will unite around progress. We will unite in action for climate justice, gender justice, and racial justice. We will unite in bringing to life America’s great promise: freedom for all.

“Let today stand as a clear message that if we honor truth and justice, democracy will always prevail.”