Letter to Senate HELP Committee Members in Support of Eugene Scalia as Next U.S. Labor Secretary

By at 23 September, 2019, 5:36 pm

The Honorable Lamar Alexander


Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510


The Honorable Patty Murray

Ranking Member

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)

United States Senate

Washington, D.C.  20510


Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

The U.S. Labor Department is critically important to America’s small businesses. Business owners, entrepreneurs and their employees desire a fair, responsive, and qualified individual to lead this federal entity. Eugene Scalia is eminently qualified to serve as the next Secretary of Labor and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) strongly supports his nomination and confirmation. We urge all members of the HELP Committee to vote favorably on his nomination.

Unprejudiced minds who still believe that qualifications and experience matter for these key federal leadership positions, will find Mr. Scalia’s background quite impressive. He is among the most respected labor and employment lawyers in the country and would be one of the most qualified nominees ever put forward for Secretary of Labor.

Mr. Scalia served as Solicitor during the George W. Bush administration, and during his service fairly applied workplace safety laws, minimum wage and overtime requirements, and other statutes administered by the department. 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. In his confirmation hearing, he noted other areas where he vigorously applied the law regarding key actions, which demonstrates his respect for both the rule of law and the mission of the U.S. Labor Department.

Mr. Scalia is an engaged leader who will listen to the small business community. This is vitally important, as outdated or potentially excessive regulation can make it more difficult for small firms to compete and hire employees, or for new businesses to launch. The U.S. economy is highly dependent on robust entrepreneurship and small business growth, therefore a Labor Secretary who takes into account small business impact, as he or she deliberates proposed actions or new initiatives, is critical to the future of startup activity and quality job creation.

A comprehensive and fair review of Mr. Scalia’s career, especially the period he spent in public service, will show that he appropriately administered the laws and did the right thing for workers and small businesses alike.

A Labor Secretary who understands the evolving economic and competitive landscape, and who can take a balanced approach toward protecting workers and the health of the job-creating sector is vital to America’s economic future. An objective review of Mr. Scalia’s career, devotion to the rule of law, pro bono work on behalf of employees, and actions taken during public service at the U.S. Labor Department demonstrate that he is eminently qualified to be its next leader.

Mr. Scalia’s qualifications and engaging leadership are the right fit for this dynamic period, and SBE Council urges a “yes” vote on his confirmation as U.S. Labor Secretary.

Thank you for considering our views, and do not hesitate to contact SBE Council if you have questions.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO


cc:  Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions






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