GOP Denounces Biden Labor Nominee

( – President Joe Biden’s nominees to head federal agencies are facing serious pushback from the right, and from some Democrats, and Labor Secretary nominee Julie Su is the latest.

Several House Republicans signed a letter to Biden urging him to withdraw Su from consideration. She is currently the acting Labor Secretary.

The letter stated the signatories are “deeply concerned” at the idea of Su heading the Department of Labor (DOL) because of her track record. The letter, signed by nine House Republicans, said Su’s actions to increase burdensome employment regulations on California businesses when she headed the state’s labor department, among other issues, made her unsuitable for the job of Secretary of Labor.

In a statement to Fox News, Rep. Michelle Steel (D-CA) said Su had a record of “continual failure” and that she harmed California’s workforce, allowed billions of dollars in “fraudulent benefit payments” and made supply chain problems worse.

The letter from House Republicans to Biden accused Su of allowing fraud in California’s unemployment system, and of promoting “radical policies” that forced state businesses to classify workers in irrational ways that also harmed freelancers.

They say the country can’t afford to have Su in the top job at the DOL, and they’re not pleased with her continuing to act as the de facto Labor Secretary.

The letter also brought up a 2021 California State Auditor report that detailed how mismanagement resulted in “billions of dollars in improper [unemployment insurance] benefit payments.” Those payments totaled $10.4 billion.

Su is not able to adequately oversee taxpayer funds, the letter continued, citing her comments made after the California auditor’s report. At the time, Su said, “There is no sugarcoating the reality; California did not have enough security measures in place.”

Julie Su’s nomination is not going over well in the Senate either. Mike Braun (R-IN), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, said he is expecting a “pretty significant fight” over the nominee. 

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