President Joe Biden is not a competent president to begin with. However, he’s even worse at picking the people who work in his administration.
Three Democrats have joined with Republicans to block the nomination of David Weil, Biden’s pick for Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division head, the Daily Caller reported. That made the final Senate vote was 47-53 against Weil’s acceptance.
The rogue Democrats included Sens. Joe Manchin, Mark Kelly, and Kyrsten Sinema, CNN reported. They successfully blocked Weil’s ability to advance in a vote that only required a simple majority.
“As she promised Arizonans, Kyrsten evaluates all nominees based on three criteria: whether or not they are professionally qualified, believe in the missions of their agencies, and can be trusted to faithfully execute and uphold the law,” a spokesperson for the Arizona Democrat said. “Upon reviewing Mr. Weil’s nomination, she has concerns with his ability to faithfully execute and uphold the law.”
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was predictably disheartened by the news. “I’m incredibly disappointed to see Dr. Weil, an exceptionally qualified nominee with a long track record fighting to ensure workers get the wages they have earned, did not get the votes tonight to be confirmed as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor,” the chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee said in a statement.
“Despite this outcome, I will never stop fighting for working families and for a fully staffed DOL with leaders committed to protecting workers,” Murray added. This isn’t the only problem Biden is facing with a nominee.
The president has tapped Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be Ambassador to India. However, the California Democrat has a checkered past, including allegedly turning a blind eye to a former aide’s alleged bullying and sexual harassment though he’s denied it.
In the past, Democrats would have rubber-stamped anyone their president put forward. This time, Biden is receiving pushback from his own party — and the country is better for it.