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Senate Confirms Trump’s Controversial Pick to Lead Mine Safety

The Senate approved David Zatezalo, President Donald Trump's pick, to lead the Mine Health and Safety Administration

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    President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with members of his cabinet Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the White House.

    Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to confirm the former leader of a coal company with a record of serious safety violations to become the country's top regulator of miner health and safety.

    On a 52-46 party-line vote, the Senate approved David Zatezalo, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA), NBC News reported.

    Under Trump, MSHA has already moved to roll back and delay Obama-era regulations intended to protect workers in one of the country's most dangerous industries, and Zatezalo’s leadership of a Kentucky coal-mining firm has raised further concerns among worker-safety advocates.