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Murray Statement on Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Serve as Secretary of Labor

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor, following Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal from consideration.


“People across the country have sent a very clear message that they want a true champion for workers as Secretary of Labor, one who will work for them, not just those at the top—and I am committed to standing with them and fighting back against any attempts by President Trump to continue breaking his promises to workers and families.


“I look forward to carefully reviewing Mr. Acosta’s qualifications and background, and meeting with him to discuss his plans and vision for the Department. I have some initial concerns about his record, and especially based on what we’ve seen in past nominees from President Trump, I will continue to insist on a rigorous and thorough vetting process in which Senators get the information we need and have all reasonable questions answered.”