Senate Democrats plan to grill Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta of Miami next week over his handling of a plea agreement given to a billionaire sex offender while Acosta served as south Florida’s top U.S. prosecutor. He’s shown here in a 2008 file photo.
Senate Democrats plan to grill Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta of Miami next week over his handling of a plea agreement given to a billionaire sex offender while Acosta served as south Florida’s top U.S. prosecutor. He’s shown here in a 2008 file photo. Alan Diaz AP
Senate Democrats plan to grill Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta of Miami next week over his handling of a plea agreement given to a billionaire sex offender while Acosta served as south Florida’s top U.S. prosecutor. He’s shown here in a 2008 file photo. Alan Diaz AP

Senate Democrats gear up to grill Acosta over plea deal for billionaire sex offender

March 17, 2017 06:55 PM

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  • Senate votes to end government shutdown

    On Monday, The Senate advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation. The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16. Democrats wanted to pressure the GOP to cut a deal protecting young immigrants from deportation and boosting federal spending.