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

Bush appointed 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 Scalia's nomination over objections to his writings critical of workplace safety regulations during the Clinton administration.

As a recess appointment, Scalia would have been forced to have stepped down Friday when Congress adjourned.

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