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Murray Statement on Potential Appointment of Bannon Ally Curtis Ellis


(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on reports that Curtis Ellis, a Steve Bannon ally with a history of xenophobic comments, is a finalist to run the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).


“At Secretary Acosta’s hearing I made it clear that should he be confirmed, I planned to closely scrutinize whether he prioritized workers or the harmful political agenda of this Administration first. Putting a person with extreme, partisan views—not to mention close association with Steve Bannon—in charge of representing the Department of Labor internationally would be a clear and early indication of the direction Mr. Acosta plans to go, as well as a threat to workers here and abroad.”