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Capitol Correspondence - 03.04.19

Senate Floor Vote for Department of Labor Nominees Facing Obstacles

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ANCOR is sharing this article by Politico Morning Shift because of our general interest in nominations to the Department of Labor, which oversees many issues which affect providers of disability supports in their function as employers.

As written by Politico Morning Shift:

ABOUT THOSE REPUBLICAN LABOR NOMINEES: The Senate HELP Committee voted Wednesday to advance a raft of labor nominations that expired at the end of last year amid a political tug of war between Democrats and Republicans. But a full Senate vote remains difficult, POLITICO Pro’s Ian Kullgren writes, ‘since ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has pledged to deny HELP nominees expedited confirmation unless they’re packed with Democratic picks for the EEOC and the National Labor Relations Board.’

‘The Democrat minority is determined to make it nearly impossible for President Trump to form a government, to fill the 1,200 federal government positions that require confirmation by the United States Senate,’ Senate HELP committee Chairman Lamar Alexander said in a written statement following the vote. The nominees approved by the HELP Committee were William Beach, for Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner; Scott Mugno, for OSHA chief; Cheryl Stanton, for Wage and Hour administrator; Janet Dhillon, to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; John Pallasch, for assistant secretary for employment and training; and John Lowry, for Veterans’ Employment and Training chief. The committee also approved three members of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission: Marco Rajkovich, William Althen and Arthur Traynor.”