February 24, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Votes to Confirm Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today on the confirmation of Hilda L. Solis to be Secretary of Labor.

"Today, I was proud to vote with my colleagues in the Senate to confirm Hilda Solis as our next Secretary of Labor.  At a time when many New Yorkers are losing their jobs, we need a strong leader at the Department of Labor who is committed to American workers.

"As the first Latina to serve as Labor Secretary, she will also bring a unique and valuable perspective to the President's cabinet.

"Secretary Solis comes from a hard-working background and has fought for working families her entire career.  She understands the needs and concerns of millions of Americans who are looking to us for solutions. 

"I look forward to working with the new secretary, particularly as the Department of Labor moves to invest nearly $4 billion in additional funds for job training and youth programs.  Together we can make a big difference for people in New York."