WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement applauding President Biden’s decision to nominate Julie Su to serve as Secretary of Labor:

“Earlier this week, President Biden made an excellent choice in nominating a progressive champion for workers’ rights to serve as Secretary of Labor. Julie Su has spent her career as a dedicated public servant, fighting tirelessly for working people, especially the lowest-wage workers and domestic workers, immigrant workers, and workers of color.

“Julie is someone who deeply understands how the Department of Labor should work and the needs of our modern economy. As a civil rights attorney, California Secretary of Labor, Deputy Labor Secretary under Secretary Walsh, She has taken on wage theft, fought for the rights of gig workers, and defended the rights of garment workers who were victims of trafficking. In each role, she has built a proven track record of prioritizing the most invisible and forgotten workers, working closely with unions, and delivering for the people. 

“Progressives look forward to being in close partnership with the Department, and working with Secretary-Designate Su to continue the work to raise wages, lower costs, and fight for the working people of this country. We urge the Senate to move swiftly to confirm this extremely qualified nominee.”