"After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor", he wrote in a statement.
Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive President Trump chose to lead the labor department, has withdrawn from consideration a day before he was scheduled to appear before the Senate.
Puzder, who now serves as CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, has also come under pressure amid revelations he once employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. Labor unions, which had planned to protest his nomination outside the Senate offices where the hearing was to be held, have argued Puzder would undermine efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, expand the eligibility for overtime pay and enforce wage and hour violations. Among the two most damning allegations: a class action lawsuit filed in California last week that accused Puzder of running a wage-fixing scheme, and old tapes of The Oprah Winfrey Show that were made public Tuesday and feature Puzder's ex-wife accusing him of domestic abuse. "My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the US", Puzder said in a statement at the time.
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The verdict even spurred tears from some pro-conviction jurors from the first trial, who had attended the second one. An earlier prosecution ended in mistrial after jurors could not agree after 18 days; all but one wanted to convict.
Many Republicans had said they were troubled by his acknowledgement he had not paid taxes on the housekeeper until after Mr Trump nominated him to the Cabinet post on December 9 - five years after he had fired the worker. As CEO of Hardees and Carl's Junior, Puzder repeatedly refused to pay his frontline managers and workers enough to make ends meet-in fact, he even refused to pay his workers what he promised. As Salon's Matthew Rozsa reported, it became apparent his nomination was in peril Wednesday when four Republican senators announced they would not vote to confirm Puzder.
President Donald Trump with Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, pictured here in November.
"This is a win for working families in MI and across the country", she said. The fast-food CEO contributed large sums of money to both the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. The Trump administration has yet to name a new nominee for either position. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), who are members of the labor committee and broke ranks with their party to oppose Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
On the other hand, conservative blogs and news outlets criticized Puzder's well-documented views on immigrant labor because, as he's quoted saying, "immigrants appreciate what America offers".