US Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, right, speaks after being nominated as the next US secretary of labor by President Obama in March 18. Perez was confirmed July 18 by the Senate on a 54-46 vote. (Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images)
President Obama is applauding Thursday’s Senate vote confirming Tom Perez as the new secretary of Labor.
Perez, whose nomination had been held up by Senate Republicans, won approval on a party line vote of 54-46.
“I welcome today’s confirmation of Tom Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor. Tom has lived the American dream himself, and has dedicated his career to keeping it within reach for hardworking families across the country.
“At the Department of Labor, Tom will help us continue to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, make sure workers have the skills those jobs require, and ensure safe workplaces and economic opportunity for all.
“I want to thank the Senate once again for agreeing to move forward on Tom and the other nominees who have waited far too long for the yes-or-no votes they deserve.”
Jackson writes for USA Today.