Andrew Puzder Withdraws Himself As Labor Secretary Nominee After Failing To Gain Support
Andrew Puzder withdrawn himself from the Labor Secretary nomination in the President Trump cabinet after he failed to get supoport from the Congress. He also took to social media to announce his decision on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
His nomination as Labor Secretary has drawn criticism from Democrats due to his unwillingness to increase minimum wage of his employees and supporting the automation in his fast food chain restaurant. However, according to CNBC, it was the Republicans that overturn his nomination.
The Republican senators are reluctant to support him because of many factors. His business practice, his stance to undocumented migrants and his domestic abuse issue. One of the senators, Pat Roberts, R-Kansas understood that as Puzder is someone who knows the labor issue and qualified for the position. However, he had some doubts.
"I'd like to support him,” Sen. Roberts said ahead of the nomination hearing in the Senate’s Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “But I want to go through the hearing."
Republicans are hesitated to support him as Puzder has involved in the wide range of liabilities, according to CNN. His scheduled hearing with the committee has been delayed several times due to his failure to submit required paperwork. As a result, the Republicans decided to withdraw their support of his nomination.
Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent organization of two fast food restaurants Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. His restaurants are known to have some employment issues which has become the concern for Democrats. His household is also recorded to employ undocumented immigrants as housekeeper.
The 66-year-old executive has admitted his hiring of undocumented immigrants. Nevertheless, there is another thing that becomes his next obstacle. That is the allegation of his spousal abuse to his ex-wife which occurred during their divorce trial in 1990.
Watch the report from the FOX 10 Phoenix regarding Puzder withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary below: