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Capitol Correspondence - 07.15.19

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta Resigns – No Replacement Named at This Time

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ANCOR is sharing this article by Axios because the Department of Labor oversees issues affecting the entire United States workforce, including the Direct Support Professionals who assist people with disabilities with living in the community, and the provider agencies which employ them.

As written by Axios:

“Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announced Friday that he will resign next week during an appearance with President Trump at the White House.

The big picture: Acosta has faced scrutiny over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case during his tenure as a federal prosecutor in Florida. Trump said that Acosta had done a “very good job” at the Labor Department.

As Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported, Trump had been mulling Acosta’s departure after his press conference defending his decisions during the Epstein case earlier this week.

  • Many conservatives inside the administration didn’t view Acosta as one of them. Senior officials, including Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, had been frustrated with Acosta for moving too slowly and softly on deregulation.”

ANCOR will keep members informed as the nomination process unfolds for Secretary Acosta’s replacement.