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Iowa Mom of Daughter with Disability Urges Senators Grassley and Harkin to Confirm Perez

Julie Beckett, the mother of a daughter with a disability that recently passed away, wrote a powerful letter in the Cedar Rapids Gazette urging Senators Grassley and Harkin to confirm Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor.

From the letter, “I want to see people like my daughter Katie, people who might have a disability but want to live and work in the community, get an opportunity to pursue the American dream. That’s why I am supporting Perez’s confirmation to be the next Secretary of Labor, and that is why I am urging Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin of Iowa to swiftly approve his nomination.”

Former Republican Member of Congress: Republicans misjudge Tom Perez

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK) published an op ed in Politico urging the Senate to confirm Perez. An excerpt is below, read it all here .

“If Perez had b een a member of Congress during my years as a member of the House Republican leadership, it’s almost certain that we would have disagreed on a number of important issues. But I would have had confidence that Tom and I could sit down together, talk about our differences, and work to find ways to move forward together in the best interests of the country we both love. It wouldn’t always be a successful effort but it would always be an honest one.

It’s time for members of the Senate, Republican and Democrat alike, to stop engaging in knee-jerk hostility to anybody who carries the other party’s label: if a nominee for a Cabinet position is lacking in the ability to do the job or unwilling to consider divergent views, he or she might well merit a vote against confirmation. But that most assuredly is not the case with Tom Perez. He will enforce the nation’s labor laws with fairness and integrity and that’s exactly what we should want in the head of any government department. He understands what it takes to be an effective Labor Secretary, because he has done the job successfully at a state level.”

Coalition of 34 Latino Organizations Urges HELP Committee to Support Perez

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda has continued its vigorous advocacy of Tom Perez’s confirmation to be the next Secretary of Labor.  As per the letter, “we are confident that the experience and values Tom Perez will bring to the job will make him an effective Secretary of Labor dedicated to ensuring that all Americans continue to rise out of our recent economic crisis through access to quality jobs and a safe workplace.”

Read it here.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Continues Vigorous Efforts to Confirm Perez

As per the letter sent from the CHC Chair to the HELP Committee on the day of Tom Perez’s hearing, “we urge you to immediately confirm Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor. He is eminently qualified and there is no doubt that under his watch, every American worker’s civil and constitutional rights will be protected – no matter their race, sex, disability, religion, familial status or national origin.”

Read it here.

Japanese American Citizens League Urges HELP Committee to Approve Perez

The Japane se American Citizens League sent a letter to the HELP Committee on the day of the Tom Perez hearing to urge its members to confirm Perez, stating “Tom Perez has demonstrated that he has the ability and experience to lead the U.S. Department of Labor in its mission to promote, protect, and grow the American middle-class, and to help all Americans obtain and retain decent jobs with a livable wage.”

Read it here.


Former Maryland GOP Chair Would Trust Perez with His Estate, saying “he’s just a trustworthy guy.”

From the Mother Jones article by Adam Serwer, “Not Every Republican Hates Obama’s Progressive Labor Secretary Nominee”

Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Labor, is getting some support from unexpected corners: Republicans, particularly in his home state of Maryland.

…”He’s just a trustworthy guy,” says John Kane, a former chair of the Maryland GOP. “If I had to put a trust together to manage my affairs after I was gone, Tom would be one of the top three guys I would pick to do that, even though I disagree with him more than half the time.”

Read more here.