Biden Nominee Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

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( – Julie Su, the person President Joe Biden nominated to lead the Labor Department, is facing a tough fight in trying to secure the confirmation as many lawmakers are preparing for a battle once recess comes to an end for the Senate, The Hill reports.

Congress is going to be taking a break for two weeks before the vote. As there are several centrist Democrats who have questioned Su’s suitability for the role, she might find herself struggling to secure the 50 votes required for her confirmation.

According to The Hill, Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) said that he believed it would “take some work” to help her get confirmed. Hickenlooper is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Biden nominated Su in February to take over Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who is the first Cabinet secretary to leave his post since Biden was elected to office. Su’s last confirmation as a deputy secretary of Labor in a vote along party lines in July 2021, where she received no support from the GOP had been a tough race, but not as tough as the one up ahead.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), a HELP Committee member, noted that this is a “pretty significant” battle over the confirmation, The Hill reported.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the ranking member on the HELP Committee, also spoke up against Su. He claimed that her views on independent contractors and gig work, along with her previous support for California’s controversial Assembly Bill 5 law, show why she is not suitable for the role. The law involves an evaluation designed to determine whether someone is a contractor or employee.

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