May 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said in a statement he hoped Acosta he would promote “labor policies that are free of unnecessarily burdensome federal regulations,” such as getting rid of the Obama administration’s rule expanding the number of workers who must get paid extra for working overtime, while Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the new secretary would exercise “good judgment to re-evaluate labor policies that make it much harder to create jobs and find jobs.” Democrats who opposed Acosta said he had not showed signs he would advocate for American workers, as he’d ducked specific questions at his confirmation hearing in March. He “failed this basic test,” tweeted Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). However, Acosta did not draw as much opposition from labor unions at Trump’s original nominee, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder. Read more