President Barack Obama praised the Senate's confirmation of Tom Perez to lead the Department of Labor and thanked lawmakers for advancing his previously stalled nominees in a statement released by the White House Thursday.
"I welcome today’s confirmation of Tom Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor," the statement read. "Tom has lived the American dream himself, and has dedicated his career to keeping it within reach for hardworking families across the country. At the Department of Labor, Tom will help us continue to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, make sure workers have the skills those jobs require, and ensure safe workplaces and economic opportunity for all.
"I want to thank the Senate once again for agreeing to move forward on Tom and the other nominees who have waited far too long for the yes-or-no votes they deserve," Obama added.