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Is Puzder’s Secretary of Labor nomination in trouble?

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President Trump’s nomination of fast-food executive Andrew Puzder to become Labor Secretary all of a sudden seems to have tripped over some obstacles.

A preliminary confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has now been postponed for the fourth time.

Plus, Department of Labor staffers have mounted a campaign opposing Puzder’s nomination.

Puzder was originally scheduled to appear before the Senate HELP Committee on Jan. 17. Then it was pushed back to Feb. 2, and then again to Feb. 7.

At the time, committee staffers blamed the shuffle on a schedule backed up by controversy over the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos.

But now the committee has declined to even offer a tentative date when Puzder will testify and answer senators’ questions.

Reason: The Office of Government Ethics won’t give its OK to Puzder until he divests his personal stake in the parent company of several fast-food chains that have come under repeated scrutiny for wage-and-hour and other employment law violations.

A little way down Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill, another bump has appeared in the road toward Puzder’s confirmation.

Several dozen current and former Department of Labor civil servants have signed onto a letter urging the HELP Committee not to endorse Puzder. The letter raises “serious concerns as to whether Mr. Puzder would be able or willing to serve as a conscientious steward of the statutes that the Department is charged with enforcing.”

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