President Biden’s prime to beryllium the next Labor secretary is already being accused by Republicans of supporting policies that would wounded gig system and franchise workers, arguments that awesome the GOP volition look to topple yet different Biden medication nominee.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is the apical Republican connected the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that volition see the information of Julie Su, who became acting Labor Secretary aft Marty Walsh stepped down successful mid-March to pb the nationalist hockey players’ union. Cassidy told Fox News Digital that based connected her performance arsenic caput of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and arsenic lawman Labor secretary, Su is incorrect for gig system workers.
Cassidy said that during her tenure arsenic California’s labour chief, Su supported a regulatory connection known arsenic AB5, which was aimed astatine tightening restrictions connected who employers could classify arsenic an autarkic contractor. He said Su would pursue] akin goals successful Washington.
"Julie Su has overseen the improvement of anti-worker regulations astatine Labor that would destruct the gig economy, striping 21 cardinal individuals of their quality to beryllium autarkic contractors and bask the flexibility it provides," Cassidy told Fox News Digital.
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Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su hopes to beryllium the adjacent Labor caput nether President Biden, but she is facing aboriginal attacks from the GOP. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for One Fair Wage) (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for One Fair Wage)
Su besides supported what became known arsenic the "joint leader rule" successful California, which was designed to widen a franchisee operator's liability to the franchisor. Opponents of the proviso reason that it would marque it much hard to make and prolong franchise businesses due to the fact that it would unfairly marque the genitor institution liable for incidents astatine the franchisee level, and successful the end, marque it much hard to employment radical successful these companies.
"She has made nationalist comments astir her volition to enforce the associated leader regularisation connected franchises nationwide. This would uproot the franchise exemplary which employs implicit 8 cardinal Americans," the legislator said.
Cassidy’s comments are an aboriginal awesome of the absorption Senate Republicans volition instrumentality arsenic they see Su, conscionable weeks aft they managed to derail 2 of the president’s precocious illustration nominations successful conscionable 1 period with the assistance of moderates successful the Democratic caucus.
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Senate Finance Committee subordinate Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) questions U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during a proceeding astir the Biden Administration's FY2024 national fund connection earlier the committee (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The 2 issues highlighted by Cassidy person the imaginable to again sap enactment from mean Democrats successful the Senate. As the Senate near for the Easter break, it wasn't wide wherever mean Democrats up for re-election successful 2024 deliberation astir Su, specified arsenic Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Jon Tester, D-Mt., and Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz.
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters extracurricular of the U.S. Capitol connected September 30, 2021 successful Washington, DC. . (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
While those senators approved Su's information to beryllium lawman caput of Labor, those positions could shift. Manchin’s bureau told Fox News Digital that helium "hasn’t made a decision" connected Su’s information yet.
One Republican subordinate of the Senate HELP Committee said that erstwhile again, the destiny of this Biden nominee volition beryllium connected whether Senate Democrats instrumentality together.
"I don't cognize that there's a Republican for her," Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told Fox News Digital connected Thursday. "So it's going to beryllium connected mostly the 3 oregon 4 Democrats that could really derail the nomination."
Elizabeth Elkind is simply a authorities newsman for Fox News Digital.