WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to confirm Marty Walsh as Secretary of the Department of Labor:
“Marty Walsh understands the challenges that this pandemic has placed on our workforce, and he has the experience and expertise to help get more Americans back to work and support our economic recovery. During his confirmation hearing, I heard from Mayor Walsh about his plans to strengthen workforce development, which will be key to helping Americans gain the skills that they need to secure good-paying jobs. Furthermore, I know that Mayor Walsh will continue to stand up for workers’ rights. I look forward to working with Mayor Walsh to support workers and help ensure that everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay ahead.”
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hassan is working across the aisle to strengthen job training, expand career pathway programs, and protect workers. Senator Hassan recently led a group of her colleagues in reintroducing the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help support career pathways strategies, which combine work, education, and support services to help individuals earn recognized postsecondary credentials. Senator Hassan also recently joined in introducing legislation to invest $15 billion in America’s workforce training infrastructure as well as career and technical education. Additionally, Senator Hassan joined her colleagues in introducing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will strengthen federal laws that protect workers’ right to join a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits.