WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor:

“During my 99 county tour across Iowa, I hear from businesses of all sizes that we must develop a well-trained workforce to meet the demand for qualified workers,” said Senator Ernst.  “I am encouraged that Mr. Acosta is committed to closing the skills gap so that we can better prepare our workforce for long-term success. I look forward to working with Mr. Acosta to encourage economic growth and increase opportunities for Iowans.”