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April 3, 2017

U.S. Senate Committee Approves MSCI-Supported Acosta Nomination For Labor Department

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta to be U.S. Labor Department secretary. During his confirmation hearing, Acosta said he would oppose a regulation proposed by the previous administration that would double the income threshold for overtime. The Metals Service Center Institute also opposes that rule, which was halted last December by a federal court

In March, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and dozens of other trade associations sent a letter to members of the HELP Committee calling on them to vote for Acosta. The letter said, “Mr. Acosta is a dedicated public servant who has spent years wrestling with complex legal issues, and he has proven management and federal agency experience. He is well qualified to lead this important agency as it protects American workers, implements the president's executive orders and strives to meet the president's goals of eliminating job-crushing regulations, keeping government agencies accountable, and getting Americans back to work.” 

The committee vote for Acosta fell along partisan lines. It is not clear yet when the full Senate will vote on the nomination.