Manchin, Sinema, Kelly sink Biden nominee

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The details: Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and sen. Joe Manchin, three of the caucus moderates voted against the procedural vote. The final number of votes was 47-53 against invoking cloture.

Weil’s defeat on the Senate floor is a major defeat for the Biden administration, which is proud of its labor agenda, and for the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumeras leaders typically don’t move items if they don’t have the votes to pass.

Shortly after the vote ended, Senate HELP chairman Patty Murray released a statement deploring the failure of “an exceptionally qualified candidate with a long track record who fights to ensure employees get the pay they deserve.”

backstory: Weil’s critics have accused him of taking Obama-era policies on things like the classification of independent contractors, the designation of joint employment and overtime, making him one of President Joe Biden’s most polarizing employment-related nominees. Several groups have put pressure on moderate Democrats like Sinema in hopes of undermining Weil’s nomination.

The Senate HELP committee held 11-11 last year in a vote to approve Weil. Lawmakers finally voted in January to advance his nomination along party lines — aided by the absence of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at the time.

What’s next: The Biden administration will have to regroup and will likely consider putting forward another candidate for the position.

Marianne Levine contributed to this report.

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