Heidi Heitkamp

Alex Acosta sworn in as US labor secretary

Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

The oath-taking came after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote Thursday, in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes.

"It is about finding and helping and supporting jobs and job growth," Acosta said as his family looked on.

Acosta, the son of Cuban immigrants, is the nation's 27th labor secretary, leading a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.

Sen. Tim Scott,...

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