On Wednesday of this week, the Senate effectively ended the nomination of Dr. David Weil for another stretch as the administrator of the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. On a procedural motion to advance consideration of the Weil nomination, the Senate voted 53-47 against consideration, with three democrats – Senators Manchin (WV), Sinema (AZ) and Kelly (AZ) joining all 50 Republican Senators to defeat the nomination. Weil, who previously served in the same position during the Obama administration from 2014 through 2017, is a vocal critic of the franchise business model. His first nomination by Biden back in 2021 expired at the end of the year. He was re-nominated by Biden in January and advanced out of the HELP Committee by a vote of 11-10 only because of the absence of Senator Rand Paul when the final vote was taken. The business lobby in Washington DC was largely united in opposition to Weil again leading the Wage and Hour Division. He is the first Biden nominee to be defeated on the Senate floor.