Business groups push for labor nominee Acosta

A coalition of 70 business groups sent a letter to the Senate on Monday urging that it quickly confirm President Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, R. Alexander Acosta, whose first nomination hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

“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,” read the letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Groups signing on to the letter include the Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Association of Manufacturers, among dozens of others. The groups cite Acosta’s background as a former assistant attorney general for civil rights, a member of the National Labor Relations Board and as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida as proving he has the necessary experience for the job.

Acosta is expected to have a relatively easy Senate confirmation. In addition to the backing of most major employers, he has the support of some notable labor groups, and no major liberal organization has lobbied hard against him.

Trump’s first nominee, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his bid after it became clear that not enough Senate Republicans would vote for him, after a major lobbying campaign against his nomination by labor unions and other liberal groups.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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