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May 1, 2017

U.S. Senate Confirms Acosta As U.S. Labor Secretary

The U.S. Senate has confirmed another of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. On a 60-38 vote last Thursday, the chamber approved the nomination of Alex Acosta to be the 27th  Department of Labor Secretary. (Click here to see how your senators voted.) The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) was a strong supporter of Acosta’s nomination. In a letter signed by MSCI and more than 60 other organizations sent last week, MSCI urged senators to support Acosta for Labor Secretary. The letter, which is available here, said:

“Acosta is an exceptional choice to lead the Department of Labor. As a dedicated public servant, Mr. Acosta brings a unique experience and first-hand knowledge of the complex labor issues facing employers and employees. Mr. Acosta has a proven track record of protecting American workers and job creators and we are confident he will work with manufacturers to eliminate the $81.6 million in labor regulatory costs imposed under President Obama’s Administration.”

Before President Trump nominated him to head the Labor Department, Acosta was dean of the law school at Florida International University. He has been a member of the National Labor Relations Board and has served as an assistant attorney general and as U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Florida. Acosta clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when Alito sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District, practiced law at the firm of Kirkland and Ellis, and taught law at the George Mason School of Law.