07.13.21

Burr Votes Against Confirmation of Julie Su as Deputy Secretary of Labor

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted 50-47 to confirm Julie Su as Deputy Secretary of Labor:

“Under Ms. Su’s leadership, California suffered one of the largest cases of unemployment insurance fraud in our nation’s history. After failing to implement recommended reforms upon taking office, Ms. Su instead eliminated important safeguards at the height of the pandemic, contributing to up to $30 billion lost through fraudulent payments. This directive, among many others, led to operational failures of extreme proportions and should not be rewarded with a promotion. I remain concerned that Ms. Su’s record leaves her unqualified for the role of Deputy Secretary of Labor and for these reasons I have voted against her confirmation.”

The Senate HELP Committee voted 13-9 to advance Ms. Su’s nomination to be considered by the full Senate on April 21, 2021.

On March 16, 2021, before her nomination hearing, Senator Burr questioned Ms. Su on California’s massive unemployment crisis and fraud.