Senate panel approves Labor, mine safety nominees

By Hannah Northey | 02/28/2024 06:35 AM EST

Both of President Joe Biden’s picks advanced along party lines.

Julie Su speaks during a Senate confirmation hearing.

Julie Su, nominee for Labor secretary, appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last year. Alex Brandon/AP

A Senate committee on Tuesday voted along party lines for President Joe Biden’s nomination of Moshe Marvit to the agency that oversees mining disputes and workers’ rights.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 11-10 for Marvit to join the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

If confirmed, the nominee would give Democrats a majority on the five-member independent agency, which adjudicates appeals from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.


The committee — led by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with Democrats — also voted 11-10 along party lines to approve Julie Su for Labor secretary.