|Andy Puzder (center) photo via Gage Skidmore|
According to reports, there are four firm Republican "no" votes against nominee Andy Puzder, and possibly as many as twelve. With a Republican majority in the Senate of only 52, Puzder is clearly doomed.
From The Hill:
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder, is expected to withdraw his nomination, according to a number of reports Wednesday.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was scheduled to consider his nomination in a hearing that had previously been delayed five times.
Puzder, the CEO of the fast-food conglomerate that owns the burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has been under attack by Democrats and outside groups for weeks for admitting he hired an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper and allegations that he abused his ex-wife and treated employees poorly.
News: Source very close to Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder tells me he expects Puzder to withdraw. "He's very tired of the abuse."— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) February 15, 2017
Fox News has learned that President Trump's pick for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, is expected to withdraw his nomination.— David Goodman (@davidgoodmanFBN) February 15, 2017
NBC News: Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder is expected to withdraw, sources tell @PeterAlexander— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 15, 2017