Puzder Withdraws Nomination As Labor Secretary

Is Andrew Puzder cooked? Republicans flip on Trump's labor secretary pick

He tweeted: "I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labour". That would have put the nomination in jeopardy, since Senate Republicans have only a 52-48 majority and Democrats are solidly opposed. The hearing, which was originally scheduled for January 17, had been pushed to Thursday.

On the eve of Puzder's long-delayed confirmation hearing, some Republicans said Wednesday they're concerned over his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the U.S.

When Puzder was announced as the nominee for Labor Secretary, Democrats questioned the choice as his business resume seemed to indicate he may not be right for the position.

Puzder also found himself under intense scrutiny after being branded a "sworn foe" of minimum wage.

Allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife from 30 years ago also surfaced when a videotape of her appearance on Oprah Winfrey's talk show surfaced. "This fight wasn't just about Andy Puzder and his record of mistreating workers and shocking personal history - it was a repudiation of the anti-worker policies championed by the Trump Administration", said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.

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Earlier this week, Winfrey submitted the footage from that episode to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

The withdrawal adds to the chaos surrounding Trump's first three weeks in office.

"Mr. Puzder is a awful choice to head the agency charged with ensuring that women and men are treated fairly in the work place", she said. While DeVos scraped through her senate confirmation with the aid of Vice President Mike Pence casting a deciding vote; Puzder may not have had that lifeline if so many Republican senators had turned against him.

Popular Video Here is what happened when a pastor walked by President Trump after a prayer service. Rob Portman, Ohio, Thom Tillis, N.C., Susan Collins, Maine, Johnny Isakson, Ga., Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Tim Scott, S.C., said this week that they were on the fence regarding Puzder. The fast-food CEO contributed large sums of money to both the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. It also came to light that Puzder had hired an undocumented immigrant as a maid, which didn't endear him to Republicans.

"Outside groups spent upwards of $10 million to support other controversial nominees, but there was no paid or well-coordinated outside effort to defend Puzder's record or push back on attacks by the labor unions against Puzder's record", he said.

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