Puzder Withdraws Nomination As Labor Secretary

Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary, is expected to withdraw his nomination following to a lack of GOP support in the U.S. Senate, various new outlets reported Wednesday.

Acosta is a former USA attorney in Miami who served on the National Labor Relations Board in the Bush administration and headed the civil rights section in the Department of Justice. In the Bush administration, he served on the National Labor Relations Board and then rose through the Justice Department to become head of the civil rights section.

Andrew Puzder, the deeply unqualified nominee to be Secretary of Labor was forced to withdraw, prompting triumphal tweets by progressives.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, a chain that runs the fast food chains Hardee's and Carl Jr.'s. Puzder dropped out Wednesday after more than half a dozen Republican senators said they could not support him, citing concerns over revelations that he employed an undocumented worker without paying taxes on her wages and allegations he physically abused his ex-wife.

Puzder's hearing, delayed several times, is now scheduled for Thursday.

The choice of Acosta, a traditional Republican conservative, is seen by some as a sign that Trump was forced to give up a more aggressive policy on worker issues. Flynn had reportedly misled White House officials about conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Miami native and law school dean R. Alexander Acosta has been chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Labor.

This is the first scalp for Senate Democrats, who pushed education secretary Betsy DeVos to the tightest vote ever on a cabinet confirmation; vice president Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 deadlock.

Considering he's already been through three Senate confirmations for his various roles and the Senate has a Republican majority, his will likely be a smooth hearing.

Unlike Puzder, who has a long background in business and a history of opposing government regulations, Acosta would come to the role with some public service experience.



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