Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump's labor secretary nominee

  • Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump's labor secretary nominee

Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump's labor secretary nominee

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.

Top Senate Republicans have urged the White House to withdraw the Andrew Puzder nomination for labor secretary, a senior GOP source said, adding there are four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12.

The efforts to block Puzder have reach new lows, with his ex-wife coming out to defend the him over reports of abuse.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said USA workers "can breathe a sigh of relief" after Puzder's announcement. "The nominee had a lot of idiosyncratic issues and a lot of opposition from Republicans". It was up in the air if Puzder could secure enough votes to pass through the confirmation process.

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Bret Baier compared Puzder's withdrawal to the unexpected withdrawal of former Sen.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on Thursday offered praise for Alexander Acosta shortly after Trump announced his nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta's nomination deserves serious consideration. It had been scheduled for Thursday (16 February), with Puzder tweeting that he was "looking forward to my hearing".

Puzder's withdrawal had been widely expected to occur sometime within the next 24 hours, and has now been confirmed by both Fox Business Network and NBC News. How likely is it that Acosta will be confirmed as Labor secretary?

Puzder, a fast food chain CEO, has been at the centre of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. During the episode, the tape of which was made public by Politico, Fierstein said Puzder told her, "I will see you in the gutter". They also pointed to the fact that "Puzder employed an undocumented housekeeper for several years and failed to pay related taxes", a variable that is also believed to be behind the reluctance from many Republican senators.