Joe Biden’s nomination of Julie Su, a far-left activist, for labor secretary has hit a roadblock in the Senate, with Democrats failing to secure her confirmation. As a result, Biden has decided to keep Su in the position as ‘acting’ labor secretary. However, Republicans are not letting this slide and have introduced a bill to thwart Biden’s efforts to bypass Senate confirmation for cabinet appointments.
The bill, known as the Department of Labor Succession Act, aims to address the constitutional issues surrounding the appointment of cabinet members without Senate confirmation. Republican Representative Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Education and Labor Committee, expressed concerns about the violation of the Constitution and the need for elected officials to fulfill their proper role. She dropped the bill in Congress alongside Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Kiley.
Biden has been trying to confirm Julie Su as labor secretary since March, but with opposition from Republicans and some centrist Democrats, he is resorting to a legal loophole to keep her in the position indefinitely. This has sparked criticism from those who argue that an unconfirmed individual should not have the authority to make official statements and decisions.
Despite lacking official confirmation, Su released a statement on the Labor Department website regarding a tentative collective bargaining agreement reached by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UPS. In her statement, Su praised the agreement as historic and beneficial for workers, businesses, and the American economy. However, her actions have drawn criticism, with lawmakers pointing out that she has no right to make such statements without being confirmed to the position.
One of the main concerns raised against Su is her alleged mishandling of funds, resulting in the loss of $32.6 billion to fraud. Lawmakers have also criticized her for championing policies that have adversely affected the livelihoods of countless freelancers. Representative Kevin Kiley took to Twitter to express his opposition to Su, stating that his bill aims to prevent her from serving indefinitely in defiance of Congress and spreading her record of failure nationwide.
The controversy surrounding Su’s appointment has also raised the possibility of legal action against the Biden administration. With the president attempting to keep Su on as acting labor secretary without Senate confirmation, there is speculation that the White House could be sued over the matter.
This situation highlights a growing concern over the abuse of executive power and the erosion of checks and balances in government. Critics argue that Biden’s attempt to install Su as labor secretary without Senate approval undermines the role of elected officials and raises questions about the legitimacy of her authority.
Regardless of Biden’s intentions, the pushback from Republicans and the mounting criticism surrounding Su’s appointment suggest that the president cannot simply do as he pleases. The fate of Julie Su’s confirmation ultimately rests in the hands of Congress, and until then, the controversy surrounding her appointment will continue to fuel debates and legal challenges.