Gomez nomination fails, for now

The Senate rejected President Joe Biden’s nominee for an assistant secretary post for the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, with Vice President Kamala Harris unable to cast a tie-breaking vote.

The Senate voted 51-49 to defeat Lisa Gomez’s nomination to become the head of the employee Benefits Security Administration.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) changed his vote to “no” with Harris’s absence and filed a motion to allow him to bring up the nomination for another vote in the future. Republicans had voted against Gomez for the post after GOP members expressed concerns about the agency’s retirement investing proposals.

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