Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder Expected to Withdraw

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He previously served as US attorney for the Southern District of Florida and assistant attorney general under George W. Bush. He has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida.

President Donald Trump Thursday confirmed in a news conference that Alexander Acosta was his new nominee for labor secretary following the withdrawal of his initial choice Andrew Puzder.

Puzder, a fast food executive, withdrew his nomination after four key Senate Republicans told the White House they would vote against him.

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Puzder, 66, who was scheduled for a confirmation hearing Thursday, has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans over personal concerns and his leadership at CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

This is the first scalp for Senate Democrats, who pushed education secretary Betsy DeVos to the tightest vote ever on a cabinet confirmation; vice president Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 deadlock. They included five members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, which was scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Puzder on February 16.

In the Business Insider interview, Puzder said he was open to automation in his restaurants, especially with the rising cost of employees due to increases in minimum wage. His family also employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, though Puzder said he was unaware she was in the country illegally.

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Acosta is an attorney who has worked in government in the past.

He also is dean of Florida International University's School of Law, a position he has held since 2009, according to his biography on the school's website. In the 1990 episode, wearing an elaborate disguise, Fierstein detailed physical abuse she said Puzder inflicted on her during their marriage.

Following their 1987 divorce, Lisa Fierstein retracted her domestic abuse claims.

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