Collective Action of Working People Reject Andrew Puzder
17 February, 2017, 00:08 | Author: Ora Austin
Though he faced bipartisan opposition, it seems that questions about his personal life pushed the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes fast-food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr., to withdraw.
At least seven Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of the confirmation hearing.
Trump has announced that he is nominatingFlorida International University law dean R. Alexander Acosta to become secretary of labor. We need a Labor Secretary who is committed to partnering with the states to uphold and enforce federal labor laws, not one with a track record of flagrantly violating them.
Puzder, an attorney by trade, said he fully supports the president and his "highly qualified team".
"He has had a tremendous career", Trump said Thursday during a White House briefing.
The news of Puzder's withdrawal comes amid reports that a number of Republicans meant to vote against him.
Andrew's nomination was killed after he admitted to hiring an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, according to Slate, as the GOP viewed him weak on immigration.
Ever since his nomination for the position of labor secretary was announced previous year, Puzder has been a lightning rod for controversy, as he's faced past allegations of both spousal abuse and mistreatment of his workers.
Decades ago, Puzder's ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, brought abuse charges against him, which she later dropped.
At an industry event in 2013, Puzder explained why his restaurants benefit from migrant labor who work jobs that other Americans don't want to do.
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