Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted the Senate confirmation of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son Eugene Scalia to the position of Labor Secretary Thursday.
Sanders accused Scalia in a tweet of “helping” large corporations “undermine health and safety regulations” and labeled his confirmation as Labor Secretary “obscene.”
Scalia’s was confirmed by a 53-44 vote to replace former Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in July after backlash surrounding a plea deal he helped secure in 2008 for deceased sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the nomination a “slap in the face” and said his position is the exact opposite of his track record. “He has sided repeatedly with the large corporate interest against the working people,” Schumer said.
Scalia furnished a list of past clients to the Senate and said he would not be involved in decisions regarding them for one year unless a written waiver was given.
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