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Labor Nominee Withdraws

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Washington, DC - President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the labor department, Andrew F. Puzder, has withdrawn his nomination to serve as Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants which owns the fast-food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

Democrats immediately declared victory with former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated: "the simple truth is that given his relationship to employees at the companies he runs, he was not fit to lead a department responsible for defending workers' rights".

Democrats weren't the only ones concerned by his nomination. Several Republicans were wavering in their support of the nomination, focusing on his employment of an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper and failure to pay taxes for her service.

Puzder's nomination hearings had been delayed multiple times but were scheduled for Thursday (February 16).

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