Biden to tap Su as next Labor secretary

Biden to tap Su as next Labor secretary

President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Julie Su to be his next Labor secretary, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Su is currently the deputy Labor secretary and will be nominated to replace Marty Walsh, who is departing the administration to run the professional hockey players’ union. Su’s confirmation fight could be a tough one in the Senate; she was confirmed 50-47 to her slot in 2021.

Asian American members of Congress had pushed hard for Su to lead the Labor Department at the beginning of the Biden administration before the president picked Walsh, whose pending departure prompted the lawmakers to again lobby for Su. Biden plans to announce Su’s nomination later on Tuesday, according to one of the people familiar.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Author: By Burgess Everett, Nicholas Wu and Sarah Ferris