Last week, the full U. S. Senate voted along party lines to confirm California Secretary of Labor as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor. The controversial nomination of Julie Su by President Biden to serve as the #2 executive in the Department of Labor was advanced by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) back in April, but was held back in light of unanimous republican opposition to her appointment. Su headed up the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, which was riddled in scandal and leadership failure as recently as early this year. In fact, a California Business and Industrial Alliance report detailed her failures in the oversight of the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD), failures that led to some $11 billion in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims during the shutdowns driven by the coronavirus pandemic.  Past failures notwithstanding, Su was confirmed by a vote of 50 – 47 and now serves as Deputy to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.