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January 9, 2009

Chairwoman Velázquez Statement on Confirmation Hearing for Rep. Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor


Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement today following the confirmation hearing for Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-Calif.) as Secretary of Labor:

“Congresswoman Solis has dedicated her career to helping American workers by creating new jobs, securing a living wage and providing affordable health care options. As a sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, she has fought to protect the right of workers to join a union and bargain for better terms.

“Our nation’s middle class has struggled long enough to make ends meet as paychecks shrink and health care costs skyrocket. I am confident that Rep. Solis will put the Labor Department back on the right track with policies that give workers a fair shake. She understands that our hard-working men and women deserve fair wages, safe workplaces, job training and the right to organize.”