Representative Kiley Statement on Julie Su’s Failed Nomination, President Biden Forced to Renominate

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Kevin Kiley (R-CA), Chairman of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, released a statement after Acting Labor Secretary 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.

“Acting Secretary Julie Su’s nomination has 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. During her tenure as Acting Labor Secretary, Su refused to answer whether AB 5 was a good law, even though she championed and aggressively enforced the law during her tenure in California. President Biden knows Julie Su will never be confirmed, and if Ms. Su remains in power as an unconfirmed Acting Secretary, every action of the Labor Department is under a legal cloud. It is high past time for President Biden to withdraw this failed nomination and choose a qualified Secretary who will perform his or her duties competently and will be on the side of American workers,” said Rep. Kiley.

Because Ms. Su failed to receive a floor vote, President Biden will have to renominate her in 2024 or nominate a new candidate.

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