Labor nominee Puzder's hearing scheduled for next week

"Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the benefits they deserve, and he will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages", Trump said in a December 8 statement nominating Puzder.

"When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status", Puzder said in a statement.

Trump's nominee Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants which runs the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast food chains, would be detrimental to the Department of Labor, Schumer said at a press conference Thursday, CNN reports.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee now has received the paperwork, in which Puzder pledged to divest his multimillion-dollar stake in CKE Restaurants and sell a wide array of other investments.

"Mr. Puzder is an experienced attorney and a CEO of a major fast-food chain, so he can not plausibly claim ignorance of his legal obligations as an employer", the letter noted.

Maine Senator Susan Collins, one of two Republicans who on Tuesday voted against Betsy DeVos, Trump's education nominee, said she was withholding judgment until she hears his explanation during hearings.

Puzder's nomination has drawn intense backlash from unions and other labor groups that object to his company's treatment of workers.

Trump has called Puzder the "ideal candidate" to lead the department, citing his record boosting "the careers of thousands of Americans".

"Since Mr. Puzder reported his mistake and voluntarily corrected it, I do not believe that this should disqualify him from being a cabinet secretary", said Sen.

Democrats and their allies have piled on with unflattering stories from workers at Puzder's restaurants, and they question how well he can advocate for American workers given that he opposes a big hike in the minimum wage and other labor priorities. Democrats and a few Republicans on the Senate committee, including Sens. "If Mr. Puzder ever does come before our committee, he's going to have a lot of explaining to do".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called it "disgraceful to put Secretary of Labor and Puzder in the same sentence given his views". He's repaid the government, and those developments do not seem to be impeding his prospects for confirmation. The housekeeper reportedly declined the help over fears she'd be deported.

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