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Top Senate Republicans urge White House to withdraw Puzder nomination

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Howard Terry | 17 February, 2017, 00:08

US President Donald Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination for the cabinet seat.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of SC and Johnny Isakson of George have told GOP leaders they won't back Puzder, CNN said.

President Donald Trump Thursday confirmed in a news conference that Alexander Acosta was his new nominee for labor secretary following the withdrawal of his initial choice Andrew Puzder.

Puzder's nomination was initially cheered by those on the right - as recently as Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was a strong supporter of the fast-food executive - and those in the food industry.

One senator, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that six Republican senators asked the White House to call off the hearing because they couldn't see themselves voting for him.

Democrats and labor groups have been critical of Puzder's opposition to the Obama administration's proposal to expand overtime pay as well as his views on raising the minimum wage. Since then, he's faced allegations that he abused his first wife, along with complaints about how workers were treated at CKE's Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants.

On Monday, news emerged via Politico that the Oprah Winfrey Network had provided Democratic and Republican senators with a 1990 episode of "Oprah" that featured Puzder's former wife, Lisa Fierstein. 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's hearing, delayed several times, is now scheduled for Thursday. Regardless of who Trump chooses to replace Puzder, it's unlikely the Justice Department will challenge the judge's ruling. He said he didn't know she was undocumented, and once he found out he terminated her immediately.

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