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Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Eugene Scalia.
Eugene Scalia. Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

The Senate voted 53-44 on Thursday to confirm Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary.

The big picture: The position was previously filled by acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned in July amid renewed pushback over his role in Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 plea deal.

Trump to formally nominate Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Eugene Scalia.
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President Trump on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary.

Why it matters: The Cabinet position has been filled by acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella since Alex Acosta resigned in July amid backlash for his involvement in negotiating the sweetheart plea deal Jeffrey Epstein received in 2008. Acosta had already been on shaky ground with Trump for moving slowly on deregulation, one of the administration's top priorities.