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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after…

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GOP pushes 2 top Cabinet picks through to full Senate

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Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump‘s top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy. With a near-toxic vapor of divisiveness between the two parties across Capitol Hill, nasty showdowns broke out elsewhere as well. One Senate…

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Patrick Murphy introduces bill to provide resources to local governments to fight the spread of Zika

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Jupiter Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy has introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act that would provide resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of the Zika virus. The bill reauthorizes a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts. It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infections diseases like Zika. The bill…

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Marco Rubio proposes tax credit to businesses that offer paid family leave

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Speaking at the Values Summit in Washington, D.C.. on Friday, Marco Rubio unveiled a proposal to encourage paid family leave in the United States that he said won’t grow the size of government. The Florida senator said, if elected, he would offer a “limited” 25 percent non-refundable tax credit to any business that offers between four and 12 weeks of paid leave. “This won’t solve every scheduling conflict between work and family life. No policy can,” Rubio was scheduled to tell the audience…

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‘Engage Cuba’ officially launches with TV ad

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While advocates for the U.S. liberalizing relations with Cuba have hailed President Obama‘s overture to the Castro-led government, they say there is still much more to be done, such as liberalizing travel restrictions that still exist. Today Engage Cuba, a group created to push for the end of the 53-year trade embargo, has a new ad that will begin airing on Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. “Since December, we’ve heard from Americans around the country who can’t believe the U.S. government is denying us the right…

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