The Senate will hold a confirmation hearing on Sept. 19 for the president’s labor secretary nominee
Scalia, a veteran business attorney specializing in workplace and administrative law, will testify at 9 a.m. EST in a hearing that’s shaping up as a partisan affair. Democrats will focus on the nominee’s history of corporate representation, while Republicans likely will call attention to his expertise in labor law.
But Democrats face dim chances of blocking Scalia’s confirmation in the Republican-majority Senate. The hearing will set the stage for a vote from the 23 members on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on whether to approve Scalia and send his nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote.
Scalia, who previously served as the Labor Department’s top lawyer in the George W. Bush Administration, already has been preparing for a likely confirmation battle. In the waning weeks of summer, he met with Labor Department officials and even committed during his first year as secretary to sit out cases involving companies that are clients of his current law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
If confirmed, Scalia would fill the role vacated by former Labor Secretary