The US Senate confirmation hearing on Secretary of Labor nominee Mayor Marty Walsh was held yesterday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. There did not appear to be any significant issues with Mayor Walsh’s nomination and in the wake of that hearing, one can anticipate that Mayor Walsh will be confirmed by the full Senate as the 29th United States Secretary of Labor. Many of the committee members focused on the current democrat effort for a federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour and the impact that increase would have on the economy generally and job losses specifically. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. Additionally, several members questioned the nominee on possible ramifications to passing the “Raise the Wage Act”. As to a specific timeline for confirmation, chairwoman Senator Patty Murray announced the hearing would remain open for an 10 more days to allow Senators to ask additional questions of the nominee, and that she would subsequently move for quick confirmation of Mayor Walsh as the Biden administration Labor Secretary.