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Trump Announces Acosta As New Labor Secretary Pick

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump will announced Alexander Acosta as his pick to be the next Secretary of Labor, after his first pick, Andy Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration.

Acosta, a Harvard Law School grad and the dean of Florida International University's law school, is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, according to CBS News. Acosta is also a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals and a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Acosta "has been through Senate confirmation three times, confirmed, did very, very well," Trump said at a White House news conference, according to CNBC. "And so Alex, I've wished him the best. We just spoke. And he's going to be - I think he'll be a tremendous secretary of Labor."

Acosta, the first Hispanic person to be appointed to Trump's cabinet, was praised by Hispanic business leaders.

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"R. Alexander Acosta is an outstanding choice for this cabinet position," said Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in a statement, according to NBC News. "His record reflects a skill set and expertise both in the private and public sector which will serve the administration and the nation greatly. We are thrilled to work with Acosta on a host of economic and labor issues which directly affect our members and the Hispanic community as a whole."

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the leader of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said the Senate will "promptly" confirm Acosta.

"Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times. He has an impressive work and academic background," Lamar said. "We will schedule a hearing promptly after his nomination papers arrive in the Senate, and I look forward to exploring his views on how American workers can best adjust to the rapidly changing workplace."

Sources: NBC News, CBS News, CNBC / Photo credit: Breitbart

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