Oft-delayed confirmation hearings for Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder have now been scheduled for Feb. 2. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee originally scheduled Puzder’s sit-down for mid-January, but twice pushed it back.
Reason: Intense, extended grilling of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos and anticipated sharp questioning of Rep. Tom Price, the Trump administration’s choice to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Another reason: As of press time, Puzder’s ethical and financial disclosure forms had yet to be posted by the Office of Government Ethics.
Organized labor and some women’s groups oppose Puzder’s nomination—labor in part because Puzder has been an outspoken critic of minimum wage and overtime pay hikes, and women’s groups in part because of racy ads for Puzder’s fast-food chain Carl’s Jr., which have featured bikini-clad models writhing on sportscars with hamburgers.
Just days before President Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, rumors swirled that Puzder was getting cold feet about taking the Secretary of Labor job. However, on Jan. 17, he tweeted that he was “looking forward” to his confirmation hearing.