- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 23, 2002

From combined dispatches

President Bush kept the Labor Department's top lawyer, Eugene Scalia, in his job yesterday for a few more weeks by naming him acting solicitor.

Mr. Bush appointed Mr. Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to the position in January when Congress was in recess, bypassing the Senate confirmation process.

Senate Democrats had been blocking a vote on Mr. Scalia's nomination because of his writings criticizing workplace-safety regulations during the Clinton administration. In particular, organized labor and many Democrats have been angered by Mr. Scalia's take on ergonomics, which he once called "quackery."

As a recess appointment, Mr. Scalia would have been forced to step down yesterday when Congress adjourned.

Now Mr. Scalia can continue in the position as the White House looks to renominate him next year for the new Republican-controlled Senate to confirm his appointment.

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