Senate confirms Marty Walsh as Biden's Labor secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed Boston Mayor Marty WalshMarty Walsh minimum wage for federal contractors will take effect on Jan. 30 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pelosi takes victory lap after breaking months-long standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE to lead President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE’s Labor Department — the final Cabinet official who can be confirmed, for now.

Senators voted 68-29 on Walsh’s nomination, after he easily cleared a procedural hurdle late last week. 

Walsh is likely the final Cabinet pick Biden will get confirmed before the Senate takes a two-week break.


Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father MORE (D-N.Y.) touted that the chamber is setting a faster pace for confirming Biden’s Cabinet than the Obama or Trump administrations.

“With everything else going on, this Senate has confirmed President Biden’s Cabinet faster than during both of the prior two administrations, one a Democrat, one a Republican,” Schumer said.

“And every single member of President Biden’s Cabinet has received a bipartisan vote in favor of their confirmation,” Schumer added.

Walsh’s confirmation makes him the 21st member of Biden’s Cabinet, some of whom do not require Senate confirmation. 

There are still two vacancies: Eric LanderEric LanderOvernight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office New White House office to develop climate change policies The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings MORE has been nominated to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, but still needs to get through the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.


The Senate is also waiting for Biden to name his second pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget after withdrawing Neera TandenNeera TandenGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed Biden taps Shalanda Young to lead White House budget office MORE’s nomination. Tanden was struggling to get the 50 votes needed to be confirmed after Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint MORE (D-W.Va.) announced his opposition.

The vote on Walsh, a former labor union leader, comes after he testified and was advanced out of committee last month. 

Walsh’s confirmation comes amid a health pandemic that has put the safety of front-line workers under a spotlight, a topic he touched on during his hearing.

“We are depending on working men and women all across this country to keep us going — as they always have done. They are depending on us. I believe we must act with urgency to meet this moment to strengthen and empower our workforce as we rebuild,” he said.

Walsh has been mayor of Boston since 2014 and before that was a member of the Massachusetts State House since 1997.