WASHINGTON – People For the American Way today applauded the Senate confirmation of Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor. Marge Baker, Executive Vice President of People For the American Way, released the following statement:
“Anyone who cares about the fair treatment of workers or civil rights should be thrilled by the confirmation of Tom Perez. During his time in the Justice Department, Perez’s commitment to protecting the rights of Americans – whether they are women, people of color, LGBT people, or people with disabilities – has been extraordinary. He has spent his career fighting for the rights of all Americans and now he will be able to take that passion and commitment to the Department of Labor.
“Even though today’s vote is an important step forward, we must continue to confront the partisan gridlock in the Senate that is hurting the American people. We must ensure that the President’s judicial nominees, like his executive nominees, also receive up and down votes. The American people understand that when senators decide they’d rather play politics than do their jobs, it harms not only Congress but all of our country.”