Capitol Correspondence - 07.22.19

U.S. Secretary of Labor Nominee Announced – Eugene Scalia

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ANCOR is sharing this article by The Hill because the U.S. Department of Labor oversees labor policy and regulations for the entire United States workforce, including frontline staff who support people with disabilities through Medicaid-funded services.

As written by The Hill:

“President Trump announced Thursday evening that he would nominate, Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to lead the Labor Department.


Eugene Scalia, 55, is a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member and former co-chairman of its Labor and Employment Practice Group. He also co-chairs the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group.

The younger Scalia served as Solicitor of the Labor Department from 2002 to 2003 after his appointment by former President George W. Bush.

He represented Bush in 2000 in the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore case over the Florida election recount. He also represented Wal-Mart in 2006 against a law in Maryland that would have required large companies — those with more than 10,000 employees — to spend more of their health care money on employees.”

Additionally, we are including this article by Politico so our members are aware of the Acting Secretary pending the nomination process for Eugene Scalia unfolding:

“Patrick Pizzella, tapped by President Donald Trump on Friday to step in as acting Labor secretary, is a polarizing figure beloved by conservatives for his pro-business views and disliked by unions and Democrats for a history of opposing worker protections.

Pizzella, who has served as deputy secretary of Labor since April 2018, will take over following Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s resignation amid controversy over a plea deal that he brokered for wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as a prosecutor in Florida. Pizzella comes ‘highly recommended by Alex,’ Trump told reporters Friday.


Pizzella is well-known in Washington labor circles, having served as a senior adviser in the Labor Department during the George W. Bush administration. He was a Republican member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the body that governs relations between federal unions and agencies, during the Obama administration and became chairman in 2017 when Trump took office.”