US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Harkin Statement on the National Labor Relations Board

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the National Labor Relations Board:

“The National Labor Relations Board safeguards essential protections—like the ability to form a union, secure fair wages, and work in a safe environment—for millions of employees nationwide. The Board is just as essential for our nation’s employers, by helping numerous businesses resolve disputes efficiently.   Today’s deal, while not ideal, will allow for a fully-confirmed Board for the first time in a decade, and that is a step forward for our country.  It is my hope that Republicans will make good on their word to give swift consideration to these nominees, and that this could bring a new beginning for the Board, so that the dedicated public servants at the agency can do their jobs without the constant political attacks and interference that we have seen in recent years.

“While today’s agreement on nominees leaves the necessary work of Senate rules reform still to be done, I am pleased that the minority appears to be willing to allow the Senate to move on a number of important executive nominations, consistent with the history of the Senate and, I believe, with the framers’ intent. In particular, I welcome the news that the Senate will act to advance the nomination of Thomas Perez to serve as Labor Secretary. Throughout his exemplary career, Thomas Perez has demonstrated professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to public service. Now is the time to confirm him to this critically important post.”

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