Unions had lobbied intensely to defeat Scalia, a Washington labor lawyer and son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, because of his opposition to Clinton-era ergonomics regulations (see Bush Nominates Scalia as Solicitor of Labor ). Republicans have defended those views, noting that a majority of Congress agreed with Scalia’s position — demonstrated by the repeal of the rules last March.
Senator Jim Jeffords (I-Vermont) tipped the balance in the party-line vote.
As labor solicitor, Scalia would be charged with enforcing nearly 200 labor laws. He would provide legal advice and guidance on virtually every initiative of the department in areas such as safety and health, minimum wage and pension security.
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