White House Reportedly Pulls Nomination Of Labor Pick Andy Puzder
- Author: Jack Replman Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:23
President Donald Trump will announce his new labor secretary pick at 12:30 p.m. before reporters in the East Room, according to the White House. "I am relieved that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration to be Secretary of Labor". President Donald Trump himself has said that "rolling back the overtime regulation is just one example of the many regulations that need to be addressed".
A senior Republican source on Capitol Hill told NBC News, of the Puzder nomination, "It's dead".
Now the dean of Florida International University (FIU) College of Law, Acosta is a graduate of Harvard Law School who went on to serve as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, now a justice on the Supreme Court.
Labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder has become the latest Trump administration casualty.
"Dean Acosta has served in three presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed positions". While majority Republicans until this week had succeeded in confirming every nominee who came for a final vote, Puzder fell to a relentless series of attacks from Democrats, labor and other groups who opposed him on ideological and personal grounds.
The fast-food billionaire lost the support of several Republican senators after admitting employing an illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper. Puzder was not able to submit the required ethics and financial paperwork, which had caused his Senate hearing to be delayed five times.
Acosta is an attorney who has worked in government in the past. She mentioned watching Puzder's ex-wife's appearance in disguise on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in the 1980s, during which she spoke about her experiences as a victim of domestic violence. There is ample evidence that Mr. Puzder does not meet those standards, including his mistreatment of his own workers and his company's record of labor abuses. Puzder has denied the charges and Fierstein retracted her accounts in the months after the episode aired.