Initially, Senate Republicans reported they do not have the votes to confirm President Trumps pick for Labor secretary. At some point this week the Senate was scheduled to vote on Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. As it stands seven Republican senators are not willing to support him and it seems that Puzder is going to withdraw.
The Huffington Post is reporting that most of the seven are holding out to hear Puzder testify on Thursday. According to a tweet from CNN, Manu Raju top Republicans are asking the White House to withdraw.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of Republican leadership, said he was one of those taking a wait-and-see approach. Later that day, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told The Huffington Post that he, too, was withholding support for the moment. On Wednesday, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) cited Puzder’s employment of an undocumented immigrant as household help, which was first reported by HuffPost, as a decisive factor in his own indecision.
Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate and can only lose two votes.
Not helping Puzder is a video of the 1994 Oprah Winfrey Show when Puzder’s former wife reported he was physically abusive. Since the video has aired Puszder’s ex-wife has retracted her statement. Another issue is that Puzder’s company CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr) has a history of labor law violations.
Before you start blaming Rhino Republicans stalling Trump’s nominee’s you may want to read the very conservative National Review piece against Puzder. The National Review article gives an example of the activity people are worried about if he is labor secretary. I won’t comment on what I think but, I would strongly encourage reading the National Review piece.
Source: Huffington Post