Puzder withdrawing as Labor nominee is win for MI workers, Stabenow says

Posted February 16, 2017

Andrew Pudzer, President Donald Trump's nominee for the post of labor secretary, has withdrawn his nomination after allegations he employed a housekeeper who was not authorised to work in the US.

"While we welcome the news that Andrew Puzder will not be our next Secretary of Labor, it is incumbent upon the President to nominate someone who will fully respect the laws created to protect American workers".

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell informed the White House on Wednesday that he couldn't garner enough Republican votes to secure his confirmation.

Puzder had received criticism from the left for his opposition to raising the federal minimum wage and an Obama-era rule raising the overtime threshold. "I understand that no matter who President Trump picks to run the labor department I'm probably going to have a lot of issues with that person, but this is different-Andrew Puzder should not be the labor secretary".

Puzder, the first career businessman nominated for labor secretary since 1981, faced intense scrutiny over his past.

"Workers across the country made their voices heard, made it clear they want a true champion for them at Labor", said Sen.

President Donald Trump with Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, pictured here in November.

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However, he said it was unlikely that machines could ever replace kitchen jobs at his Carl's Jr. and Hardee's stores, Puzder said.

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

He also said in the statement he and his wife paid back taxes for it.

It only would have taken three Republican senators to scupper Puzder's nomination for good.

But what ultimately derailed his nomination was the lengthy list of controversies, including allegations of domestic abuse, hiring undocumented workers, and multiple unresolved controversies surrounding his own businesses. 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.

Puzder revealed to a Senate committee this month that he was unaware of the woman's immigration status when he hired her.

The announcement also comes just days after Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post amid a scandal that he misled colleagues over a potentially illegal phone conversation with the Russian ambassador.