Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), could face a steep upward climb during the confirmation process, as four key Republicans may not support him. According to the Washington Post, the Republican senators who were noncommittal about Puzder’s nomination yesterday – Susan Collins (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Tim Scott (S.C.) – all sit on the committee that will hold his hearing on Thursday. If they oppose him, his nomination is all but certainly dead. Puzder has faced a range of scandals since his nomination was announced, including his hiring of an undocumented worker for his home, wage and labor violations at the Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. restaurants he operates, and his opposition to minimum wage and overtime rules.
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