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Letter to the Senate supporting the nomination of Thomas Daschle as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

January 08, 2009

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we are pleased to support the nomination of Representative Hilda Solis as U.S. Secretary of Labor. 

Representative Solis understands that there is a direct connection between public education and economic success.  From leading the battle to increase the minimum wage in California to sponsoring victorious legislation in Congress to provide training for green collar jobs, she has a solid record on labor and education issues in America.

As a California state senator, Solis won a substantial victory to increase California's minimum wage.  In May of 2007, after she cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act, the federal minimum wage increase to $7.25 per hour was signed into law.  Her efforts are a positive force for labor and show a strong commitment to our working families.

As a former member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Representative Solis showed her understanding of the issues important to educators.  She consistently earned an "A" on NEA's annual congressional report card.

This is a challenging time for our national leaders and working families all across America.  In addition to the challenges we face in education, the nearly five million working men and women in our public schools are impacted by the decisions of the Labor Department. 

We urge your support for the nomination of Representative Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor. 


Dennis Van Roekel