Julie Su, Biden’s nominee for labor secretary, remains in political limbo

FILE - Julie Su, of Calif., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her to be Deputy Secretary of Labor, on Capitol Hill, March 16, 2021, in Washington. President Joe Biden is nominating Julie Su, the current deputy and former California official, as his next Labor Secretary, replacing the departing incumbent, former Boston mayor Marty Walsh. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) ORG XMIT: WX105

WASHINGTON — With the debt crisis averted and summer recess approaching, the debate over whether to confirm President Joe Biden’s pick for labor secretary, Julie Su, is intensifying on Capitol Hill.

Biden nominated Su, the deputy labor secretary, a little over three months ago. And she has been leading the department since former Labor Secretary Marty Walsh left the role in March. Yet, her nomination has not come to the Senate floor for a vote, leaving the position that oversees jobs and employment in limbo.

Moderate Democrats and independent senators are still weighing whether to support Su, who was labor secretary of California when Biden tapped her to work with Walsh. She would be the first Asian American to hold a Cabinet secretary position in the Biden administration if she is confirmed.

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