Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Bipartisan Confirmation of Tom Perez for Labor Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
Contact: Scott Westbrook Simpson – 202.466.2061 – Simpson@civilrights.org

  Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Bipartisan Confirmation of Tom Perez for Labor Secretary

Washington – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez’s nomination for U.S. Labor Secretary was voted out of the Senate HELP Committee:

“While we celebrate that the Perez nomination will be forwarded to the Senate floor, we remain deeply concerned about the partisan attempts to twist and distort his superb record of public service in effectively enforcing civil rights laws.

Perez’s character, legal acumen, and distinguished career as a public servant at the local, state, and federal levels demonstrate that he is the most well-prepared individual ever to be nominated to be Labor Secretary. Yet some Senate Republicans have signaled their intent to continue to obstruct his confirmation.

Civil rights are a vital expression of our core American values. To denigrate and politicize Perez’s enforcement of laws like the Violence Against Women Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act is simply shameful. By defaming Perez’s character, distorting his record, and inventing scandals where none exist, Senate Republicans are attempting to politicize what should be a routine executive branch confirmation.  These politics of obstruction have no place with a cabinet appointment by a twice-elected President who has a mandate to nominate a qualified and respected public servant like Perez.

We urge all Senate Republicans to join the bipartisan consensus of civil rights groups, business leaders, law enforcement officials, Latino organizations, and disability groups in supporting the confirmation of Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit  www.civilrights.org .