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Trump Announces His New Labor Secretary Pick

It's Alexander Acosta, former NLRB member

(Newser) - A day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration as Labor secretary, President Trump has announced his replacement pick, Reuters reports. Trump will nominate Alexander Acosta, who served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under former President George W. Bush and has also served as a... More »

Housekeeper Issue Doomed Puzder Nomination

GOP made it clear there weren't enough votes

(Newser) - The White House is working frantically to find a new secretary of labor candidate after President Trump's original pick, Andrew Puzder, abruptly withdrew from consideration , the AP reports. Republicans grumbled about the stream of "distractions," including the torrent of criticism about Puzder's personal life and his... More »

Puzder Withdraws His Nomination as Labor Secretary

His confirmation hearing had been scheduled for Thursday

(Newser) - Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary. The fast food executive says in a statement provided to the AP that he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's... More »

Old Oprah Tape May Scuttle Labor Nominee's Chances

Senators view decades-old domestic abuse allegations against Andrew Puzder

(Newser) - Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder's chances of becoming the next labor secretary appear to be in real jeopardy, and one reason is a tape of an Oprah Winfrey show from the 1990s. Senators have viewed the episode, called "High-Class Battered Women," in which Puzder's ex-wife appears in... More »

Trump's Labor Pick Says He Broke Labor Laws

Admits unknowingly hiring undocumented worker

(Newser) - President Trump's nominee for labor secretary says a housekeeper he previously employed at his home was an undocumented worker, potentially complicating his efforts to get confirmed, reports the AP . Andrew Puzder said in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife employed a housekeeper for a few years and... More »

Trump to Name Hardee's Exec as Labor Secretary

Andy Puzder opposes higher minimum wage, overtime protections, wants to repeal ObamaCare

(Newser) - Donald Trump's latest Cabinet pick is Andy Puzder, the CEO of fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr. , who is widely expected to be named labor secretary, reports the Wall Street Journal . The AP frames the pick as adding "another wealthy business person and elite donor... More »

Obama Gets His EPA Chief

Senate approves Gina McCarthy, and labor chief Thomas Perez, too

(Newser) - Two of President Obama's long-stalled nominees cleared the Senate today, thanks to this week's filibuster deal : Gina McCarthy is the new EPA chief, and Thomas Perez is the new labor secretary, reports the Hill and Wall Street Journal . The big question on Perez is how aggressive he will... More »

Obama to Tap Justice Official for Labor Chief

Thomas Perez leads Justice's Civil Rights Division

(Newser) - Seeking to fill yet another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Obama is set today to nominate Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor, the White House says. If confirmed by the Senate, Perez, who has been head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division... More »

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Resigns

But Eric Holder is staying on as attorney general

(Newser) - President Obama's second-term reshuffling increased again this afternoon with the resignation of labor secretary Hilda Solis, reports Politico . Obama, who sang her praises in a statement here , already is replacing his treasury secretary , secretary of state , defense chief, and CIA director . So who's staying put for sure? The... More »

Time for Big Business to Squash Tea Party

Corporate America must battle extremism

(Newser) - Big business may see the Tea Party as harmless, or perhaps even helpful, but it's time to “take a closer look:" the movement’s aspirations aren’t in its interests, writes Robert Reich in the Christian Science Monitor . Some 60% of Tea Partiers want, for example, to dump... More »

Senate Confirms Solis for Labor

(Newser) - The Senate today confirmed California congresswoman Hilda Solis as labor secretary. Solis' confirmation gives the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after eight years of business-friendly leadership under the Bush administration. The 80-17 vote comes after more than a month of delays. GOP lawmakers were concerned over her work for a... More »

Husband's Tax Trouble Snags Labor Nominee

(Newser) - Is another Obama nominee in trouble? A Senate panel today postponed a vote on his nominee to be labor secretary, Hilda Solis, after USA Today laid out her husband’s tax problems. The newspaper reported today that Sam Solis paid $6,400 to settle liens dating back 16 years against... More »

Obama Picks Solis for Labor

Calif. Congresswoman has pushed for creation of 'green jobs'

(Newser) - Barack Obama will nominate Hilda Solis, a daughter of Latin American immigrants who’s currently a California Congresswoman, for secretary of labor, the Washington Post reports. Elected in 2000, Solis currently sits on the House Energy and Commerce committee and the Natural Resources committee, among others. She, like Obama, has... More »

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