On January 30th the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced that it would hold a hearing on February 6th for several of President Trump’s nominees, including Scott Mugno, the President’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.
Mugno was first nominated in 2017 and a confirmation hearing was held before the HELP Committee in December 2017. After failing to bring his nomination to a vote before the expiration of the Senate term, he was renominated in 2018 and then was renominated again earlier this year when the Senate failed to vote the second time.
This hearing is a markup so additional hearing testimony is not expected from the nominees listed on the hearing agenda. The expectation would be that the nominees would clear the committee, however, there remain concerns that Mugno’s confirmation is unlikely due to the current political environment.
The upcoming hearing will include other Department of Labor nominees as well, such as Cheryl Stanton, the President’s nominee for Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.