Senate confirms Alex Acosta as labor secretary

The Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta to serve as President Donald Trump's Secretary of Labor in a 60-38 vote Thursday evening. Scott said he wants Acosta to permanently revoke rules governing financial advisers and adding Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Secretary Acosta takes over at the Department of Labor at a challenging time with shifts in the economy and the world of work.

Tim Devaney writes Acosta is expected to deal with the fiduciary rule, policy to raise the overtime threshold and other labor regulations proposed during the Obama administration.

After his confirmation, Trump's pick for US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, is now the final Cabinet-level nominee awaiting Senate confirmation, reports The Hill magazine.

Acosta wasn't Trump's first pick for labor secretary.

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Business groups are also hoping Acosta will clarify how the department will treat situations in which a worker may have more than one employer, including people who work for a franchisee that is overseen by a parent franchise company. Puzder also received backlash over his ex-wife's resurfaced accusation that he abused her, which she later recanted.

Puzder was about to go before the initial Senate committee when a number of Republicans indicated he no longer had their support - prompting Puzder's withdrawal in February.

The 48-year-old son of Cuban exiles is dean of the Florida International University College of Law and a former USA district attorney.

In particular, some Democrats questioned why as a US attorney, Acosta cut a plea deal with a billionaire accused of sexually abusing a minor.

This is not the first time Acosta has been confirmed by the Senate.

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Acosta defended the decision, arguing that the case against the billionaire may not have been strong enough to convict him.

Acosta's appointment was more or less a non-event from the perspective of the wider media and the general political conversation, which seems more focused on tax reform proposals and geopolitical tensions, particularly those involving China, North Korea and Iran.

In light of these revelations, Sen.

"American workers are fortunate to now have a Secretary of Labor who understands the importance of a good-paying job and that harmful regulations from Washington have only made it harder to create, find, or keep good jobs", Sen.

"We urge Secretary Acosta to make addressing the fiduciary issue a top priority", FSI CEO Dale Brown said in a statement.

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