Confirmation hearings for President Trump’s second Secretary of Labor nominee, Alexander Acosta, were delayed until March 22 at 9 a.m. The delay is due to scheduling conflict of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions’ (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), and not because of any concerns about Acosta’s nomination.
Acosta, currently Dean of the Florida International University College of Law, has a history of public service, having held three previous Senate confirmed positions during the George W. Bush Administration. Acosta served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, as the head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Acosta is the first Hispanic nominee to President Trump’s cabinet.
Acosta’s confirmation is likely to be a smooth one, and the Senate HELP Committee is expected to vote to confirm him before the end of March. If appointed, Acosta will then have the duty of filling key roles within the DOL, including the Director of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
To stay updated on news and trends regarding the Department of Labor, be sure to subscribe to this blog today.