Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Labor Secretary Nominee

Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Labor Secretary Nominee

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a confirmation hearing last week on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Labor. The Committee questioned Walsh on how he would lead the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and his policy positions on topics such as the federal minimum wage, state right-to-work statutes, paid leave, unemployment insurance, and workplace safety.

Despite Walsh’s strong union credentials, he also has a record of working across the aisle in public office and with the Boston business community. At the hearing, the Committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), indicated that he would be inclined to support Walsh’s nomination and would encourage his fellow Republicans to do the same.

The Committee will hold a vote on whether to advance Walsh’s nomination to the full Senate on February 11.

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