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Harkin Statement on Senate Approval of Christopher Lu to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after Christopher Lu was approved unanimously by the Senate to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Labor. Lu was approved by the Senate HELP Committee in February 2014.

“Helping ordinary working Americans is at the heart of the work the Department of Labor does every day, and thanks to the strong leadership of the Obama Administration we have seen this critical agency strengthened and revitalized,” Harkin said. “Christopher Lu brings a wide range of experience and knowledge from his service as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet as well as his work as a longtime Congressional staffer. I know that he is ready to continue the Department’s great work as the new Deputy Secretary of Labor, helping the Department to work effectively and efficiently with Congress and federal agencies. Chris’s nomination has received strong support on both sides of the aisle and I am pleased that the Senate acted to confirm him today so that he can get to work serving the important mission of the Department of Labor.  I look forward to seeing all that he can accomplish and I thank him for his willingness to serve.”