WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement after Julie Su’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) was returned to the White House without a vote for confirmation during the first session of the 118th Congress. Since Ms. Su failed to receive a floor vote, President Biden will have to renominate her in 2024 or nominate a new candidate.
Ms. Su’s nomination lasted 281 days, the longest a cabinet-level nominee has waited without a floor vote when the same party controls the White House and the Senate.
“We need a qualified Secretary of Labor who can impartially enforce the law, properly manage a department, and refrain from partisan activism. Ms. Su failed to show her ability to do any of those three things,” said Dr. Cassidy. “It is clear Ms. Su lacks the necessary votes for confirmation. I urge President Biden to put forward a nominee who is committed to fair enforcement of our nation’s labor laws and is capable of being confirmed in the Senate.”