- Spearheaded by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), 33 senators signed an open letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking him to revoke Julie Su’s DOL secretary nomination.
- The Republican senators cited their notion of Su as “[unwilling] to offer readability on previous insurance policies” — together with employee classification — as the rationale for his or her concern.
- The letter is the newest installment in a partisan tug-of-war over Su’s affirmation. Biden introduced his nomination of Deputy Secretary Su to the labor secretary seat — following the departure of former Secretary Marty Walsh — on the prime of the yr.
In saying her nomination, the White Home mentioned Su’s crackdown on wage theft and human trafficking, talent at union negotiation and look after office security requirements have been explanation why she ought to safe the nomination. Su was additionally a civil rights legal professional for almost 20 years.
Regardless of her expertise as labor head for the state of California and two years of DOL time, Senate GOP leaders proceed to border Su as unqualified.
Throughout a U.S. Senate Committee on Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions assembly in April, Rating Member Sen. Invoice Cassidy, R-La., in contrast Su to Walsh saying that the latter had “unquestionable” expertise.
Walsh “labored to develop belief between labor unions and the enterprise group. However the nominee we’re contemplating right this moment just isn’t in that mildew,” Cassidy added.
Moreover, at a special April 2023 HELP Committee assembly, Republican senators took time in April to criticize Su for her pro-union stance. Notably, Walsh parted methods to go the Nationwide Hockey League participant’s union.
The vote to substantiate Su has languished in committee. Efforts for or towards Deputy Secretary Su have been break up down get together traces. In the meantime, the stances of three voters stay a thriller: Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz.; and Jon Tester, D-Mont.
With a loud opposition from the proper, a slim get together majority on the left, and some key senators on the fence, the way forward for the DOL hangs within the stability.