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On Senate Floor, Rubio Urges Colleagues to Support Alex Acosta for Labor Secretary

Apr 26, 2017 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor this morning, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged his Senate colleagues to support Alex Acosta’s nomination for secretary of labor.

Video of Rubio’s remarks can be watched here, and a downloadable broadcast quality version is available for TV stations here. A transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below.

Following Rubio’s remarks, the Senate voted for cloture on Acosta’s nomination by a vote of 61-39, paving the way for a vote on confirmation no later than tomorrow.

Rubio previously introduced Acosta at his committee confirming hearing last month.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. Senate Floor
Washington, D.C.
April 26, 2017
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RUBIO: I am honored to speak here today in support of Alex Acosta, and I wholeheartedly encourage my colleagues to support his nomination to be our next secretary of labor.

I know this nominee well. As a fellow Floridian and as a native of Miami, I’ve been familiar with his work for many years.

As I said when the president nominated him, I think he is an outstanding choice to lead the Department of Labor.  

Alex has an impressive academic record. He has two degrees from Harvard. First from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School. He has also a sterling record of public service to the state of Florida and to the United States of America. 

He was a member of the National Labor Relations Board. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and he served there from 2002 to 2003. From there he was selected by President Bush to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he also served as principal deputy assistant attorney general in that office. He’s also served our nation as U.S attorney in one of the most challenging districts in our country, Florida’s Southern District. 

Most recently, Alex has served the state of Florida as the dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, where he has been instrumental in advancing the still-young school’s profile, raising its profile, and graduating young men and women who are now well prepared to excel in their legal careers. 

With every challenge he has confronted throughout his distinguished career, he has demonstrated his ability to effectively tackle the problems at hand with ease. He is a brilliant legal mind, someone with deep knowledge of labor issues and a proven leader and a proven manager. 

It’s for these reasons and many more that I am confident that Alex Acosta will serve this nation admirably.

He has, listen to this, been previously confirmed unanimously by the Senate for three different positions in the United States government and this man is not even 50 years old. And he has now already been confirmed unanimously by the Senate for three separate positions. And I believe … he will be confirmed to his fourth.

He is well qualified for this role. And I look forward to working with him to ensure Americans are equipped with the skills that they need to be successful in the 21st century economy.