Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as labor secretary
WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate on Thursday confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump’s new labor secretary, replacing Alexander Acosta.
The Senate voted along party lines, 53-44, to approve Scalia’s nomination. Republicans said his background in labor and employment law made him qualified for the post.
Democrats said Scalia fought for corporations and against workers and was the wrong candidate for the Cabinet post.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he received more than 30 letters of support for Scalia from small-business owners, workers and former career lawyers at the Labor Department where Scalia once worked.