Small Business Group Calls for the Quick Confirmation of Julie Su as Labor Secretary

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Statement by John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on today’s nomination hearing and the need to confirm Julie Su as the next Secretary of Labor

“After today’s nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, we are confident in Acting Secretary Su’s ability to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. 

As highlighted during today’s hearing, Julie Su has a proven track record of working with the business community and organized labor. It’s important to note that her nomination should not be an argument that pits businesses against workers. Small businesses and employees often need the same access to benefits and policy solutions in order to thrive. We know through our previous work with Su that she understands this, and we believe that as Secretary of Labor, she will promote and support resources to attract and retain quality employees and help the business community grow.

As the daughter of immigrant entrepreneurs, Julie Su knows firsthand that small business owners are the engines of our economy. Through her commitment to a quality business workforce, Su supported California’s Paid Family Leave Task Force, to which we were also appointed. We worked diligently alongside Secretary Su to raise awareness about the program with businesses and business organizations. 

Additionally, at California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Su co-led the California Future of Work Commission where she supported a modernized benefits infrastructure that would bolster the small business ecosystem. Her work in California enabled her to successfully jump quickly into the role of Deputy Secretary and serve as a critical partner to Secretary Walsh, leading essential programs to build long-term success for small businesses and their employees. 

We believe Su will reinforce and advance the Department’s critical work by genuinely engaging with the small business community. We urge HELP to confirm her swiftly and advance her nomination to the full U.S. Senate for a vote.”


About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy. We engage our network of more than 85,000 small businesses and 1,500 business and community organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. Our deep connections with the small business community along with our scientific research enable us to educate the public about key issues impacting America’s entrepreneurs, with a special focus on advancing the smallest businesses and those facing systemic inequalities. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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