Senate HELP Committee Advances Labor Secretary Nominee Walsh

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh was before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on February 3, as President Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which is responsible for a wide range of workforce development initiatives helping to maintain a skilled workforce.

Mayor Walsh received a mostly positive reception from the committee across both parties, with Ranking Member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) supporting the nomination and urging his Republican colleagues to do so as well. Mayor Walsh responded to questions on a variety of issues, including on the importance of workforce training, creating alternate career pathways, and preparing for the changing future of work. Mayor Walsh emphasized his experience in working with employers in Boston to establish job training programs and committed to working to strengthen these programs.

On February 11, the committee voted to advance Mayor Walsh’s nomination with bipartisan support in an 18-4 vote. Timing for a full floor vote is not yet known, but a quick confirmation appears likely.

For any questions, please contact Government Affairs Associate Michael Altman at maltman@apwa.net. A recording of the hearing may be viewed at help.senate.gov.