Trump formally sends Labor secretary nomination to Senate

Trump formally sends Labor secretary nomination to Senate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE on Wednesday officially sent his pick of Eugene Scalia as Labor secretary to the Senate.

The formal measure moves forward the process for Scalia, a longtime labor attorney and son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider Eugene Scalia's nomination before he moves on to a vote before the full chamber.

Scalia served as the top legal officer at the Department of Labor during the George W. Bush administration and previously was a special assistant to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report MORE during his first stint as the top law enforcement officer under the George H.W. Bush administration.

He is currently a partner at law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and he has a career history of representing businesses and fighting to roll back labor regulations. One of his more prominent cases involved representing Walmart as the retail giant fought a Maryland law on employee health care.

Several Democrats are likely to oppose Scalia's nomination based on his past work for businesses in labor fights, and labor unions have already voiced their concerns about the pick.

Scalia requires a simple majority to get confirmed. With Republicans holding 53 seats in the Senate, he is likely to get the job barring multiple GOP defections.

If confirmed, Scalia will replace Alex AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena Sanders calls Eugene Scalia's Labor Dept. confirmation 'obscene' MORE, who resigned earlier this year amid scrutiny of his handling of a case involving Jeffrey Epstein while he was a U.S. attorney.