Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, was approved March 30 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The full Senate will now vote on his nomination, though a date has not yet been set.
Acosta was approved by the HELP Committee 12-11 party-line vote. The nominee drew praise from committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). “He’s been confirmed by the Senate three times—and I expect that we’ll confirm him a fourth,” said Alexander.
Currently Acosta serves as dean of Florida International University’s law school. He is a former NLRB member, federal prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department.