President Biden’s nominee for a key Labor Department post was voted down by the Senate on Wednesday – with three Democrats joining 50 Republicans to vote against the pick.
The vote to advance the nomination of David Weil to head the Labor Department’s wage and hour division failed 53-47 as senses. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, both of Arizona, opposed the nomination.
The vote to end the nomination debate only needed a simple majority to pass.
Weil, who served in the Obama administration, faced stiff opposition from Senate Republicans, who said he would impose overly burdensome regulations affecting small businesses and independent contractors.
The nomination was Biden’s first to be defeated in the Senate. Notable names who withdrew from consideration for executive positions include Neera Tanden (Office of Management and Budget), David Chipman (Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ) and Sarah Bloom Raskin (Federal Reserve Board of Governors).
A Sinema spokesperson told CNN that lawmakers “are concerned” about Weil’s “ability to faithfully execute and enforce the law.” Neither Manchin nor Kelly gave any reasons why they rejected the nomination.
Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which held hearings on Weil’s nomination, said she was “incredibly disappointed” and called him a “Exceptionally qualified candidate with a long track record of fighting to ensure workers get the pay they’ve earned.
“Despite this result, I will never stop fighting for working families and for a DOL fully staffed with leaders committed to protecting workers,” Murray (D-Wash.) added.
Business groups had also voiced vehement opposition to Weil, dean of Brandeis University, for his belief that companies like McDonald’s should be responsible for actions taken by franchisees.
“Tonight’s vote sends a strong signal that Americans and small business owners are tired of over-regulation and policies that make it harder to support their employees and grow their business,” said the president of the International Franchise Association, Matthew Haller, in a statement Wednesday.
“The IFA is proud of our members who have raised their voices and will continue to work with the administration and Congress to protect the franchise business model and the countless opportunities it provides,” he added. .
New York Post