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The vote was 68-29.
- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has just been confirmed to become the next US labor Secretary. The Senate voted 68 to 29 to confirm Walsh. So he will now step down as mayor. City Council President Kim Jany will take over until the election in November. Let's listen in to the floor, the Senate floor, and Senator Chuck Schumer.
CHUCK SCHUMER: That upon the conclusion of morning business, the Senate proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Shalonda Young to be the deputy director of OMB. Further, that the cloture motions filed during Thursday's session of the Senate ripen at 11:45 AM, and if cloture is invoked on the Young nomination, we'll oppose cloture time expiring--
- We've been listening to Chuck Schumer there. They get past this pretty quickly once they vote. Again, the vote 68-29. That vote makes Boston Mayor Marty Walsh the next Secretary of Labor. And we know that Mayor Walsh is going to speak any moment, we believe from Fanueil Hall, to talk about his time as the mayor of Boston, and what this means going forward as the labor secretary.
Walsh is a long time friend of President Biden's. He's also certainly a friend to labor, and so his nomination was embraced by the AFL-CIO and other unions across the country. So as soon as Mayor Walsh, speaks we're going to take that live as well from Boston.