The Senate Wednesday turned back President Joe Biden’s nomination of David Weil as the U.S. Department of Labor’s top wage-hour regulator.
The 47-53 vote on a motion to proceed blocked a final vote on Weil to be the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division administrator.
It would have Weil’s second time leading the Wage and Hour Division. He’s a dean at Brandeis University. He previously served in the Obama administration from 2014 to 2017.
Weil came under criticism from business groups and Republicans over his scrutiny of gig-economy companies’ labor practices since that time. When Senate Majority Leader
“Dr. Weil’s track record previously serving in this role and his ideological agenda leaves no doubt that his policies would harm the hundreds of thousands of local franchise businesses around the country and the 8.2 million workers they employ,” the International Franchise Association said in a March 29 written statement.
Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez said in an interview that Weil as an administrator wanted to hear from “everyone” when developing rulemakings or contemplating new initiatives. Perez is now the co-chair of American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive group.
Perez said that when he worked with Weil, “he had the humility to know that he didn’t have all of the answers.”