Biden Ignores Disapproval of Julie Su, Plans to Keep Her in “Acting” Role

( – Julie Su, a liberal with roots in California doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed as Secretary of Labor. Su has been the acting Secretary since Marty Walsh left the position in March, but due to her lack of popularity in the Senate, there’s been no vote scheduled for a confirmation. That doesn’t matter to the Biden administration, they’re planning to simply leave her as the acting Secretary of Labor indefinitely.

Su has been severely criticized for her incompetence and leftist policy stances that contributed to the current economic crisis in California. Every Republican Senator is against her nomination with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) being a vocal Democrat who agrees with them. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) hasn’t announced her position on the issue and stated she would not do so before a vote. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) also hasn’t announced a position on her confirmation.

Manchin and Sinema similarly aligned to tank the Democrats’ Build Back Better package in 2021. The pattern of the administration pushing through their agenda regardless of the law or the will of the people expressed through their representatives is a repeat of the past.

Article II of the Constitution gives the Senate approval authority on the President’s selection for his cabinet. The Senate is suggesting a new nomination. The White House is comfortable leaving Su in the role due to a special rule that allows the person acting in the role to remain until a successor is chosen.

Su’s been acting Secretary for 133 days. A second statute sets a limit of 210 days: the Vacancies Act. These two bits of law are obviously in conflict.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) suggested Su’s been doing a “great job” in the position and they don’t need to change anything anytime soon. She’s not in a rush to get her confirmed either, according to her statements.

On July 20th, Su set a record for having the longest-running confirmation process while both the White House and Senate are under the control of the same party.

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