Julie Su, the nominee of President Joe Biden for Secretary of Labor, has been on shaky footing since her brutal confirmation hearing more than a month ago. The nominee has not yet been confirmed by the full Senate, and it appears that she will receive no votes from Republican senators, with the possible exception of Alaska's Senator Lisa Murkowski. Senator Jon Tester of Montana has raised the question of whether the White House will withdraw her nomination, suggesting that even some Democrats may vote against her.
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Senator Joe Manchin has stated that he is "nowhere" on Su's nomination and has not committed to supporting her. Other Democrats, including Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, have yet to state their position. If the White House were to rescind Su's nomination, she would not be the first candidate to do so, as several others have withdrawn before her. President Biden remains committed to Su, and the White House is confident that she will prevail.
Said he has not decided whether he will back her nomination. “I want to keep my options open until we have a vote in case new information comes in. That's all,” said Tester.
“Can go either way, just depending on what’s going on.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 7, 2023
Joe Manchin told me tonight he’s “nowhere” on Biden’s Labor pick of Julie Su, whose nomination continues to languish in the Senate and has been at risk of collapsing for weeks. GOP expected to vote against her and several Dems uncertain to back her
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 6, 2023
.@RepKiley asks Julie Su if she had any involvement in drafting AB5 and she dodges, of course.
She claims “I may have expressed support.” Huh? She’s ON THE RECORD expressing support for AB5 since it “fights” misclassification.
I have the receipt pic.twitter.com/EwMwRiRrXT
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) June 7, 2023
Julie Su championed and aggressively enforced #AB5 in CA, destroying countless livelihoods.
Su actively supports a national version of #AB5, putting millions of jobs at risk.
— Rep. Kevin Kiley (@RepKiley) June 7, 2023
Today Julie Su absurdly claimed not to remember how she voted on Prop. 22. The initiative, which spared Uber and Lyft from AB 5, passed in 2020 while Su was California Labor Secretary.
Giving false testimony to Congress should disqualify a nominee.pic.twitter.com/kYgchKFr91
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) June 7, 2023
The Secretary of Labor for the United States of America MUST support religious freedom, but when I asked Julie Su if she believed that, she hesitated… pic.twitter.com/bBVRB1jbwG
— Congressman Bob Good (@RepBobGood) June 7, 2023
Julie Su has known & agreed to today's hearing for months. Last Friday, Su told us she couldn't make it.
The only reason she's sitting here today is b/c @virginiafoxx threatened to issue a subpoena.
Not a good look. pic.twitter.com/Do9hWaxEAv
— House Committee on Education & the Workforce (@EdWorkforceCmte) June 7, 2023
However, members of the House, including Republican Representative Kevin Kiley from Su's native state of California, have expressed concern about Su's lack of qualifications. Su has also been criticized for her racist remarks, COVID vaccine mandates, and poor administration of forcibly recruited migrant children. In addition, Su has lied on her record and failed to respond to fundamental questions during her hearing.
Julie Su is manifestly unqualified to serve as Secretary of Labor, and her nomination must be withdrawn immediately. The Biden administration should prioritize candidates with the experience and skills necessary to perform the job duties. Both Republicans and Democrats must unite in opposition to this unqualified nominee, and the White House must acknowledge Su's lack of support and move on to a more qualified candidate. It is time for the Biden administration to prioritize the needs of the American people over partisan politics.