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Under Eugene Scalia, Labor Department Moves Right

Newly installed Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia
Newly installed Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

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Friday, 04 October 2019 07:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

With Eugene Scalia sworn in as secretary of labor on Monday, the department he heads — long considered a bastion for holdovers from Democratic administrations — has now begun to move to the right.

Criticism of his resigned predecessor Alex Acosta centered around what the White House considered his failure to undo regulations administered by his department that were considered anti-business.

"Team Scalia" is widely expected to take a different approach.

The new secretary's decision to hire Deputy Labor Solicitor Rachel Mondel as his chief of staff was widely applauded by conservatives.

Before moving to Labor in 2017, the Vanderbilt University graduate Mondel served as counsel to the House Education and the Workforce Committee under Chairwoman and stalwart conservative Virginia Foxx, R.-N.C.

In that capacity, Mondel worked on key conservative issues dealing with labor and employment such as pension reform, wage and hour matters, and workplace safety.

Scalia is also expected to keep two other strong conservative favorites, Patrick Pizzella and Kate O'Scannlain, as deputy secretary and solicitor of labor, respectively.

Pizzella, who began his career working on Ronald Reagan's 1976 campaign, served in government under five different presidents and most recently was acting secretary of labor following the resignation of embattled Secretary Acosta.

The Notre Dame graduate O'Scannlain, daughter of retired U.S. Appeals Court Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, practiced law dealing with management and labor issues for more than 12 years — a far longer period of that practice than most previous labor solicitors.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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