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Senate Committee Deadlocks on Kotagal as Next Member of EEOC

May 25, 2022, 3:59 PM

The nomination of Kalpana Kotagal, President Biden’s pick to be a commissioner on the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, stalled 11-11 in the Senate labor committee, forcing an extra procedural step before full Senate consideration.

The party-line tie vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday requires Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to hold an additonal procedural vote to to advance Kotagal’s nomination to the Senate floor.

Kotagal, currently a civil rights attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, was nominated last month to replace Republican Commissioner Janet Dhillon, whose term expires in July.

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