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VETERANS: Murray Questions Secretary of Labor Nominee on Protecting Servicemembers

Apr 18 2013

Sen. Murray questions nominee on how the Department of Labor can better serve and protect veterans and servicemembers

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) attended a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor.  At the hearing, the Senator asked Perez to elaborate on how he would address the needs of servicemembers and veterans in his new position. In his current position as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice, Perez has played a critical role in ensuring protections for veterans, from voting rights, to employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), to housing and mortgage protections.

“As a member of, and the past-Chair of, the Veterans Committee, I’ve fought long and hard to ensure that our country steps up to meet the needs of our servicemembers and veterans who sacrifice so much in defense of our nation,” Senator Murray said at the hearing. “Can you share with the committee how you’ll continue to address the needs of servicemembers and veterans as the Secretary of Labor?”

Watch the exchange (Senator Murray begins speaking at 02:15:15)