Calling it a victory for hardworking Colorado families and the middle class, Mark Udall welcomed the U.S. Senate's vote today to confirm Tom Perez as the next leader of the U.S. Department of Labor. Udall said the department, which protects workers' rights and ensures fair treatment of those filing discrimination or workplace injury claims, needs the strong leadership that Perez will deliver.
"Hardworking Coloradans -- the foundation of our success and the key to our future -- deserve a strong leader at the U.S. Department of Labor. Not only is Tom Perez exceedingly qualified to head the Department of Labor, but he also understands first-hand the obstacles working people face," Udall said. "I am proud my colleagues in the Senate confirmed Tom Perez, a leader who will fight to ensure all workers are treated fairly."
Perez, the son of Dominican immigrants, is the first confirmed Hispanic leader joining President Obama's second-term cabinet. Dozens of prominent Latino organizations, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, supported Perez's confirmation.