The ink wasn't dry on Andrew Puzder's withdrawal as secretary of labor nominee, but union leaders were celebrating. The fact that Puzder's confirmation hearings were delayed multiple times, in part because he seemed reluctant to provide the Senate with his background materials, didn't help. Rubio moved from endorsing the nominee to joining the ranks of GOP senators who weren't committing to vote for Puzder before the scheduled hearing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fast food CEO Andrew Puzder's nomination to be President Donald Trump's secretary of labor appears to be in serious trouble.
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.
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Puzder is the first of Trump's cabinet picks to withdraw his nomination. The record clearly showed that Puzder was not the right person for this critically important job.
"This is a win for working families in MI and across the country", she said.
Republicans senators reportedly asked the White House not to go through with Puzder's confirmation hearing because they would not feel able to vote for him, United States media reported. In addition to serving as an economic adviser to his campaign, he and his wife, Deanna Puzder, contributed a total of $332,000 to Trump's bid, joint fundraising committees and to the Republican National Committee, according to the Federal Election Commission. HHS said it's following the Trump administration's order to freeze all regulatory actions. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), who are members of the labor committee and broke ranks with their party to oppose Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
"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. The week before his withdrawal, he admitted to employing an illegal immigrant household worker and not paying taxes for that worker.