President Trump's Secretary Of Labor Nominee Withdraws Nomination

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Top Senate Republicans are urging the White House to withdraw Andrew Puzder's nomination as Labor secretary, saying the embattled fast-food magnate doesn't have the votes to win confirmation, according to news reports.

Now that Andy Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for Labor U.S. Secretary of Labor, has withdrawn himself from the nomination process, America may have delayed the creep of automation, but make no mistake: it is definitely still coming.

Andrew Puzder's bid to become the next Secretary of Labor appeared on the verge of collapse Wednesday, with up to a dozen Republican senators now uncertain whether they'll back the fast-food executive.

After five separate delays, his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was scheduled for Thursday. A senior GOP source told CNN that at least four Republicans planned to vote against Puzder, and that up to 12 senators could vote against his confirmation. In an email to Puzder in November, she said he was "not abusive".

At least seven Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of his confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for 10 am EST (1400 GMT) on Thursday.

Warren added that while she was prepared to question Puzder on these issues at Thursday's hearing she hoped it was true that he would withdraw his nomination before then. Eight months after appearing on "Oprah", she retracted her allegations of domestic abuse as part of a child custody agreement. "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. "He fixed it and I think is eminently qualified for the job".

Democrats had come out strongly against Puzder, as they had with other contentious Trump nominees Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos.

"These are rumours and we've heard this tune before", said George Thompson, a spokesman for Puzder.

With Republicans holding a narrow majority in the Senate, they could afford to lose only two GOP senators in order to confirm Puzder.

Representatives for Puzder vehemently deny the allegations against him.

Puzder opposes efforts to raise the minimum wage. The 1988 court filing said that Puzder "assaulted and battered [the] Plaintiff by striking her violently about the face, chest, back, shoulder and neck, without provocation or cause".

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