Report: Walsh confirmation vote set for March 22

Ending weeks of speculation about timing, WCVB reported on Friday that the U.S. Senate will vote on Mayor Martin Walsh’s nomination as Secretary of Labor on March 22.

Walsh, 53, a Dorchester resident and past union leader, is expected to be confirmed by the Democrat-controlled body.

Walsh breezed through his committee hearing on Feb 4 and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted 18-4 to "report favorable" on Walsh's nomination a week later.

During his confirmation hearing last month, Walsh thanked President Biden and Vice President Harris, saying, “I share their commitment to the health and safety of the working people in carrying them through this pandemic.” Of worker protections, fair wages and treatment, access to mental health substance abuse treatment services, he said: “These are not just policies to me, I live them.”

City Council President Kim Janey will be the next mayor of Boston and will take control of the Mayor’s Office after Mayor Walsh submits his letter of resignation to City Clerk Maureen Feeney.

Janey will make history when she becomes the first Black and first female Boston mayor.