GOP calls for Biden to give up on Labor secretary nomination

 June 22, 2023

Dozens of Republican senators are calling for President Joe Biden to withdraw his acting Labor secretary nomination for Julie Su to lead the department.

Included in that list of senators is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"GOP senators accused Su of stonewalling their requests for information on her support for more regulations on gig work in California and a memo sent during her tenure as the state's top labor official that instructed state employees not to cooperate with ICE officials looking for undocumented migrants," reported Fox News.

"She has avoided answering questions whenever possible and she has refrained from providing distinct specificity to her answers when she has responded to inquiries," read a letter issued by the senators, led by Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana.

"Given this present state of affairs, we respectfully urge you to withdraw the nomination," Braun added.

The group of 33 GOP senators put the pressure on Biden to withdraw Su's nomination to Labor secretary.

GOP opposition alone will not be enough to derail the nomination, but she might also fail to receive enough votes from Democrats.

"Su was narrowly approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in April, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not yet brought up her nomination for a vote on the floor, which could reflect uncertainty over whether she has the votes," reported Fox.

If Su isn't supported by a majority, she would be the highest-profile nominee yet in a series of progressive Biden nominees who have been pushed out of contention without a vote on the Senate floor.

The White House defended Su in a statement:

"Julie Su is highly-qualified to be Labor Secretary, recently helped secure a labor agreement at the west coast ports, was unanimously confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Labor by all Senate Democrats and has support from business and labor groups across the spectrum," Emilie Simons, a White House spokesperson said.