Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of Eugene Scalia as the Next Labor Secretary

By at 22 August, 2019, 5:32 pm

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Majority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, D.C.  20510


The Honorable Chuck Schumer

Minority Leader

Unites States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer:

The U.S. Labor Department is critically important to America’s small businesses. Business owners and entrepreneurs desire a fair, responsive, and qualified individual to lead this federal entity. President Donald Trump has indicated that he will nominate Eugene Scalia as the next Secretary of Labor, and when the nomination is made official the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) intends to fully support his selection.

Mr. Scalia is among the best-known labor and employment lawyers in the country and would be one of the most qualified nominees ever put forward for Secretary of Labor. He would lead the Labor Department with an experienced hand, having served as Solicitor during the George W. Bush administration. During his service, Mr. Scalia fairly applied workplace safety laws, minimum wage and overtime requirements, and other statutes administered by the Labor Department. At the same time, he listened to the small business community regarding outdated or potentially excessive rules that make it more difficult for small firms to compete, or for new businesses to launch successfully. In the aftermath of the Enron scandal, Mr. Scalia was highly engaged in addressing the losses of the company’s pension plans so that employees and retirees would not be financially harmed.

Given the broad nature and complexity of Labor Department rules and regulations and the many critical issues facing the U.S. labor force, SBE Council believes it is important that a seasoned individual take the helm of this important department. A comprehensive and fair review of Mr. Scalia’s career, especially the period spent in public service, will show that he appropriately administered the laws and did the right thing for workers and small businesses alike.

Thank you for considering our views during the very early stages of the nomination process, and please do not hesitate to contact SBE Council if you have questions.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO


cc:  The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

The Honorable Patty Murray, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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