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NEA President: now is the time to nominate a candidate who respects American workers

bipartisan opposition to Andrew F. Pudzer sinks labor department nominee

WASHINGTON - February 15, 2017 -

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement upon learning about the withdrawal of Andrew F. Pudzer to head the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the first Trump nominee to withdraw. NEA and its three million members strongly urged the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to reject his nomination citing his hostility towards working families.

“Donald Trump promised to protect and fight for working families, bring back their jobs, and get the nation in stronger economic footing. With Andrew Pudzer withdrawing, Trump now has a unique opportunity to keep his campaign promise and go back to the drawing board to nominate someone who truly will champion the mission of the federal agency to which she or he is nominated to serve.

“We thank the senators — Republican and Democrats — who sounded the alarm about Pudzer’s track record and hostility towards working families. We urge the Trump administration to nominate someone who believes in the mission of the department of labor, who is qualified, and who will truly respect the American worker.”

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