- President Joe Biden renominated Julie Su as secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday, after her nomination last year stalled in the Senate.
- Su assumed the role of acting labor secretary last March, after former Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh stepped down to become executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
- Under Su’s leadership as acting head, the department has worked on rules regarding independent contractors, overtime and apprenticeships.
Biden first nominated Su to become the head of the department in late February of 2023, saying Su “has spent her life fighting to make sure that everyone has a fair shot, that no community is overlooked and that no worker is left behind.”
Su’s nomination has failed to make it through the U.S. Senate for 10 months, met largely by opposition from Republican lawmakers and business interest groups. Last June, 33 Republican senators sent an open letter to the president asking him to revoke Su’s nomination.
Rep. Kevin Kiley, R-Ca., chairman of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, said in a statement Monday that it’s “beyond belief” Biden renominated “his failed nominee.”
“The Senate rejected Julie Su as Labor Secretary on a bipartisan basis last year because of her gross mismanagement and anti-worker agenda,” Kiley said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released a statement Monday in support of Su’s renomination and urged colleagues to support her nomination.
“Her strong pro-worker track record as Acting Secretary shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is the right person for the job,” Sanders said.
Prior to joining the Biden administration, Su served as secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.