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Biden labor nominee clears Senate committee in narrow vote

She came to the post, albeit in an acting capacity, following the departure of Marty Walsh last year.

Published: February 27, 2024 7:55pm

President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as secretary of labor, Julie Su, cleared a key Senate committee on Tuesday and is headed for a floor vote to assume the post.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced Su's nomination in an 11-10 vote, Reuters reported. She has held the role in an acting capacity since March 2023. Her nomination stalled in the face of Republican opposition, however, though Biden renewed her selection in January.

Early last year, Su came under fire over her tenure with California Labor Commission during which she reportedly authored a memo directing staff not to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

She came to the post, albeit in an acting capacity, following the departure of Marty Walsh last year.

Last month, HELP Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., expressed support for her nomination, saying her "tireless and consistent work for working families across the country should continue as Secretary of Labor and I urge my colleagues to support her nomination," per The Hill.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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