(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that President-elect Biden has nominated Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as Secretary of Labor:
“As we work to hold the President and his extreme supporters accountable for this week’s attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we also need to make sure the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on day one.
“After four years of backwards policies designed to rollback workers’ rights and a Labor Department that refuses to do its job to protect workers—even in the midst of a deadly pandemic—we have no time to waste. It’s time we have a Secretary of Labor who will stand up for workers’ pay, health and safety, and fundamental rights and who will fight for a fair, inclusive economy. Longtime union member and Mayor Marty Walsh is an excellent choice.
“From getting frontline workers support like emergency child care to combatting wage theft, Mayor Walsh’s career shows his deep commitment to those who do the real work of keeping our country running.
“I plan to move quickly to ensure Mayor Walsh gets swift, fair consideration and is confirmed so he can get to work as quickly as possible.”