Labor Secretary Perez: ‘I love this job’

After just three months on the job, Labor Secretary Tom Perez is pleased with how his tenure is turning out.

“I love this job. And I am approaching it with a sense of both optimism and urgency,” he said in a blog post on Wednesday.

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On his 100th day at the department, he wrote that the 16-day federal government shutdown and controversy around his nomination should not prevent the department from continuing its mission.

“There are so many important challenges, so many people who need our help,” he wrote. “With enthusiasm and purpose, I’m looking forward to continuing our work for the next several hundred days and beyond.”

Since he was sworn in in early September, the department has issued several high profile regulations that have been in the works for years.

Those rules, he recently told The Hill, find the balance between protecting workers and letting businesses grow.

In the Wednesday post, he added that the department has “done great work to expand partnerships with employers – because if you want to create jobs, you have to work with the job creators.”

Among the new rules are standards for federal contractors to hire veterans and people with disabilities, a regulation extending minimum wage and overtime laws to home healthcare workers and a long-delayed proposal to protect workers from a type of industrial dust that has been linked to fatal lung disease.

“I am proud of the things we’ve been able to accomplish already,” Perez wrote.