Senate Votes to Confirm Perez as Labor Secretary
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On July 18, 2013, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Hilda Solis as Secretary of the Department of Labor -- and the one Latino currently nominated to serve on the President’s Cabinet.
We thank the many individuals and organizations that worked with us to urge Senators to vote for cloture and to ultimately vote for Tom Perez as the new U.S. Labor Secretary.
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Recent NHLA Statements on Perez Nomination
- Jul 19, 2013- NHLA Responds to House Natural Resources Committee Election and Renews Focus on Improving Latino Underrepresentation Across Government Today, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda issued the following statement regarding the selection of the Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Natural Resources.
- Jul 18, 2013-NHLA Applauds Senate Confirmation of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 36 of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, praised the confirmation by the Senate today of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary on a vote of 54-46. Perez will become the one Latino named to the President’s second-term Cabinet and the first Dominican-American Cabinet member in U.S. history.
- Jul 15, 2013- Latino Leaders Issue Letters Urging the Senate to Confirm Tom Perez and Advance Nomination of Katherine Archuleta
- Jul 15, 2013- NHLA CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO MOVE SWIFTLY TO FILL DHS SECRETARY POST WITH A HIGH LEVEL LATINO CANDIDATE
- July 12, 2013 - Months In Limbo, Labor Secretary Nominee Tom Perez To Get A Final Vote Next Week Fox News Latino highlights the final push NHLA is making to ensure Senators know the Latino community is watching their votes and will not tolerate any attacks against Tom Perez.
- May 15, 2013 - Latino Community Calls for Confirming Tom Perez as Labor SecretaryOn May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, United Farm Workers, the Hispanic National Bar Association and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) held a march and rally, which drew over 100 people, in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
- May 14, 2013 - Advisory: Latino Community March & Rally for Confirming Thomas Perez as Labor SecretaryOn May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
- May 8, 2013 - NHLA Condemns Latest Delay of Thomas Perez ConfirmationHector Sanchez, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, released the following statement on today’s cancellation of the vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor, calling on the Senate to provide the highly qualified Labor Secretary nominee the up-or-down vote in Committee and the full Senate that he deserves.
- May 7, 2013 - National Hispanic Leadership Agenda joins the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Urge the Senate to Confirm Thomas Perez as Labor SecretaryNHLA leaders stand with Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders -- Representatives Hinojosa, Becerra, Cardenas, Linda Sanchez, Ben Ray Lujan, and Michelle Lujan Grisham -- urging the Senate to confirm Thomas Perez. Read their statement following the joint Capitol Hill press conference.
- May 7, 2013 - NHLA Chair in Politico: Senators should stop stalling on Tom PerezToday Politico newspaper published an op-ed by Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, on Thomas Perez's confirmation and GOP threats to filibuster.
- Apr 29, 2013 - President Obama and Vice President Biden Meet With Latino Leaders in advance of the President's Sixth Trip to Latin AmericaNHLA Leaders Join in White House Meeting to Strengthen Relations and to Advance Policies Impacting Latinos in the Americas
- Apr 18, 2013 - NHLA Launches National Campaign to Urge Prompt Senate Confirmation of Thomas Perez as Next Labor SecretaryThe National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of over 30 of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, launched its Confirm Tom online campaign today. The efforts call on constituents across the nation to urge their Senators to confirm an exceptionally qualified leader -- and the only Latino nominated so far to serve on the President's second-term Cabinet -- to the post of Secretary of Labor.
- Apr 16, 2013 - NHLA Urges Senators to Support Thomas Perez During Senate Confirmation HearingThe National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, sent a letter to Senators on the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee, urging them to favorably consider Perez’s nomination during this week’s confirmation hearing and to favorably report his nomination to the full Senate. The text of that letter follows.
- Mar 19, 2013 - Nomination of Thomas Perez Welcomed by Latino LeadersThe National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) hails President Obama's nomination of Thomas Perez to be Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) and urges the Senate to promptly confirm him. Perez, who was endorsed by the NHLA board, currently serves as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
- Mar 12, 2013 - Impending Nomination of Thomas Perez As Secretary of Labor Welcomed by National Latino Leaders, Swift Confirmation UrgedIn response to reports that the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez may be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Secretary of Labor, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) issued the following statement strongly supporting the nomination.