Democrats to argue Republicans rushing top Labor nominee

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, even as Democrats argue they haven't had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests.

Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his, the committee didn't officially receive the nomination until Sept. 11. The Republican-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week.

Democrats say that won't allow them to properly investigate Scalia's work history. But Republicans counter that his required paperwork has been available since late August.

Scalia was the Labor Department's top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. As an attorney, he's run up a string of legal victories on behalf of business interests.

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