Se­nate con­firms Eu­gene Scalia as la­bor sec­re­tary

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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.

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