By Paul Mulholland
Source: Plan Sponsor

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions advanced Julie Su’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor to the full Senate late Tuesday by an 11 to 10, party-line vote. Su has served as acting secretary since March 2023, having been confirmed as deputy secretary in July 2021.

The hearing was initially scheduled as a public hearing for Wednesday. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont and the chair of the HELP Committee, did not explain during a separate open committee on Wednesday why the vote was changed to a closed session. In the closed session, the committee also approved Moshe Marvit to be a member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and Stephen Ravas to be inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Su was previously approved by the HELP Committee in April 2023, also by an 11 to 10 vote. Her nomination stalled and never received a full Senate vote. She has continued to serve in an acting capacity since previous Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh resigned in March 2023.

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