Menéndez Aplaude al Comité De HELP del Senado Por Aprobar la Nominación de Thomas Pérez y Critica el Obstruccionismo de los Republicanos

Menéndez Aplaude al Comité De HELP del Senado Por Aprobar la Nominación de Thomas Pérez y Critica el Obstruccionismo de los Republicanos

WASHINGTON, DC - El Senador Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), Presidente del Equipo de Iniciativas Hispanas de los Demócratas del Senado (HTF, por sus siglas en ingles), emitió las siguientes declaraciones solicitando la rápida confirmación de Thomas Pérez para ser el próximo Secretario de Trabajo de la nación. El Comité de Salud, Educación, Trabajo y Pensiones del Senado (HELP, por sus siglas en ingles) votó para afirmar la candidatura de Pérez esta mañana después de superar una serie de tácticas de procedimiento utilizadas por los senadores republicanos para retrasar un voto de confirmación.

"Me complace que el Comité de Salud, Educación, Trabajo y Pensiones del Senado (HELP, por sus siglas en ingles) haya votado favorablemente esta mañana para enviar la nominación de Pérez al pleno del Senado, pero no debemos olvidar que este paso adelante fue producto de un voto completamente partidista. Los Republicanos continúan intentando bloquear esta nominación sin razón alguna, sin objeciones validas, sólo una objeción ideológica en permitir que este presidente o el Congreso puedan gobernar, o al menos poder seleccionar un gabinete que nos ayude a hacerlo.

"En un momento en el que los republicanos deberían estar entablando relaciones con la comunidad hispana en lugar de volver a usar las mismas estrategias políticas que les fallaron durante la última elección, es muy lamentable que el primer Hispano elegido por el presidente para ser miembro de su gabinete en esta administración continúe siendo atacado. Insto a mis colegas republicanos para que detengan su obstruccionismo y trabajen para el bien del país: Confirmar a Tom Perez como el próximo Secretario de Trabajo cuando su candidatura sea considerada por el pleno del Senado".

Ayer, el senador Menéndez y otros doce miembros del Equipo de Iniciativas Hispanas de los Demócratas del Senado, los senadores Cardin, Mikulski, Kaine, Boxer, Warren, Gillibrand, Reed, Schumer, Blumenthal, Lautenberg, Hirono, y Heinrich - enviaron una carta al Líder de la Mayoría del Senado Harry Reid y al presidente del Comité HELP Tom Harkin para expresar su firme apoyo a la nominación de Tom Pérez. La carta destaca el distinguido historial de logros e impresionante carrera en el servicio público de Pérez.

El texto completo de la carta al Líder de la Mayoría del Senado Harry Reid y al Presidente del Comité HELP Tom Harkin es el siguiente:

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Chairman Harkin:

As Members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, we write to thank you for your unwavering support for the swift confirmation of Mr. Thomas E. Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor. We appreciate your continued commitment to moving Mr. Perez's nomination forward, and wish to reiterate our support for your leadership on this issue. We pledge to do everything we can as your Democratic colleagues to help secure Mr. Perez's confirmation in a timely fashion.

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Republicans yet again delayed the Senate HELP Committee vote on Mr. Perez's nomination on May 8, 2013 and continue to voice objections and concerns about Mr. Perez's qualifications. As you know, Mr. Perez is highly qualified to serve our nation as the next Secretary of Labor. His distinguished record of accomplishments and impressive career in public service at the local, state, and federal levels make him an extraordinary candidate, yet he continues to come under attack precisely for his effectiveness at championing the rights of all Americans.

In his current role as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Mr. Perez has increased the Civil Rights Division's productivity and ensured the Division maintained the highest level of trust and integrity. He has worked with stakeholders from all states and of all political affiliations to make certain the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, are protected. A Department of Justice Inspector General report released March 12 of this year confirmed that Mr. Perez has put reforms in place to restore merit-based hiring practices and that none of the decisions regarding enforcement of voting rights laws have been based on racial or partisan political considerations.

Under Mr. Perez's leadership, the Civil Rights Division has increased prosecutions of human trafficking by 40 percent, convicted 74 percent more defendants on hate crimes charges, handled more new voting cases in 2012 than any year prior, won $50 million for service members whose homes were improperly foreclosed on while serving our nation in uniform overseas, and settled the three largest fair-lending cases in the history of the Fair Housing Act, recovering more money for victims in 2012 than in the previous 23 years combined. Mr. Perez achieved the Department's largest-ever disability-based housing discrimination settlement, worth $10.5 million.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Perez served as Maryland's Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at a critical time during the economic crisis, mitigating many of its worst impacts. With the input of business and labor leaders, Mr. Perez led efforts to reform Maryland's enforcement of state and federal wage protection laws. His collaborative approach has earned him praise from both business and labor leaders. Indeed, both the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and labor unions such as the AFL-CIO have endorsed Mr. Perez's nomination as Secretary of Labor.

Mr. Perez is a celebrated and valued member of the nation's Latino community and a trailblazer on the path to fighting for the civil and constitutional rights of workers, voters, students, the disabled, and other underrepresented groups. He shares the Hispanic Task Force's commitment to helping all Americans achieve the American dream and would undoubtedly protect every American worker's rights as the next Secretary of Labor, regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, familial status, or national origin.

We believe that Mr. Perez's record of achievement, especially his proven ability to successfully lead a state's labor department, make him a strong candidate for Secretary of Labor. We support his nomination and your efforts to advance his confirmation by the full Senate without delay.

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