Alexander: Eugene Scalia Will Help Continue Growing our Economy and Help Workers Gain the Skills They Need

Posted on September 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 — Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Labor Secretary nominee Eugene Scalia has the skills to help continue to grow our economy and help workers gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace.

“Wages are growing at an annual rate of 3.2 percent. African American unemployment fell to 5.5 percent in August – and to a record low of 4.4 percent for African American women. And overall unemployment is at a 50 year low of 3.7 percent,” Alexander said during Mr. Scalia’s confirmation hearing before the Senate labor committee. “Businesses and workers need a Secretary of Labor who will steer the Department with a steady hand. I believe Mr. Scalia has the skills to help continue to grow our economy and help workers gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace.”

Alexander continued: “This Committee considered President Obama’s cabinet nominees promptly and with respect, and I trust that the Committee will continue that with President Trump’s nominees. It was embarrassing then and it is now to ask well-qualified Americans to be nominated by the President of the United States for an important position and then say, ‘You are innocent until you are nominated’ or drag things out for a long period of time.”

Alexander concluded: “Mr. Scalia is supported by a number of trade organizations and the Committee has received letters of support from women he has mentored, from former DOL career attorneys whom he worked with while he was Solicitor at DOL, from a Hispanic immigrant whom he represented on a pro-bono basis, from Cass Sunstein, who worked at the White House for President Obama, and from one of Senator Ted Kennedy’s former Senior Counsels on the Judiciary Committee.”

The Senate labor committee has scheduled a vote on Scalia’s nomination for Tuesday, September 24.

View Chairman Alexander’s prepared opening statement here.

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