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Enable America Supports Perez Secretary of Labor Nomination

Tampa, FL, April 10, 2013 --( With the U.S. Senate reconvening today following a spring recess, Enable America is urging senators to proceed promptly and confirm the nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Enable America strongly supports the nomination of Thomas Perez to U.S. Secretary of Labor,” said Enable America Chairman Richard Salem. “Mr. Perez has a long and proactive history working to promote the rights of people with disabilities. We are confident that under his leadership the rights of all Americans, including those with disabilities, will be well served.”

The 51-year-old Perez is currently Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. If confirmed, he will replace the outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis.

Perez has a long career in public service. Prior to heading the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President Clinton’s administration, he was a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice. Later he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno. He was also Special Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy, acting as the senator’s chief adviser on civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues.

Most recently, in his role at the Justice Department, Perez has focused on regulations that expand the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Enable America was founded in 2002 as an organization to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Programs that include Career Mentoring Days, Job Seeker Workshops, VetConnect for Disabled Veterans and Wounded Warriors, Community Connections, and Business to Business Meetings all work to unite members of the disability and business communities, raising awareness and opening doors to employment for the more than 56 million Americans with life altering disabilities.

Companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals who want to participate in Enable America programs can learn more at the organization’s website,
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