Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Trump's Nominee For Labor Secretary Withdraws His Nomination

Trump's Nominee For Labor Secretary Withdraws His Nomination

Following reports that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination as President Donald Trump's Secretary of Labor, U.S. Sen.

Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for Labor secretary, is apparently backing out of the confirmation process. I also thank my family and my many supporters-employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor. Puzder was unlikely to be confirmed as four Republican members of the Senate were reportedly hedging on his nomination.

Puzder was to go before the Senate for a confirmation hearing Thursday - after multiple delays that set it back more than a month.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of the first Republican lawmakers to say she would be withholding her support for Puzder until after the hearing, told BuzzFeed News Wednesday, "You know what my reservations are".

Abuse allegations from his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, recently received the most attention among Senators, after Oprah Winfrey gave the deciding Senate Committee a decades-old tape of Ms Fierstein on her show, detailing the alleged abuse.

Washington state Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the panel, said in an interview with McClatchy on Tuesday that Puzder should withdraw to avoid a bruising embarrassment Thursday. Puzder also had a history of sexism and an allegation that he assaulted his ex-wife. Congressional Democrats tend to take issue with Puzder's stance on overtime pay and the minimum wage standard, but Republican opposition to the nominee is nearly unprecedented, as even Betsy DeVos had only two Republicans opposing her.

Democrats had come out strongly against Puzder, as they had with other contentious Trump nominees Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos.

"Throughout his career, Puzder was only interested the corporate bottom line", Party Chairman Gus Bickford said in a statement. "We don't need a labor secretary who makes millions while his workers are paid starvation wages".

It's unclear which controversy sunk Puzder, or if it was the combined impact of both that ultimately did him in. "Shameful treatment of workers disqualifies him to lead agency", he tweeted.

Puzder's nomination was announced in early December of past year, and it was nearly instantly controversial.

The magazine railed against Puzder's support for "comprehensive immigration reform" and argued that in light of the series of unflattering revelations "his case for his confirmation has diminished to the point of disappearing".

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