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Senate Panel Finally Receives Ethics Filings For Labor Nominee Puzder

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Senate Panel Finally Receives Ethics Filings For Labor Nominee Puzder

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate panel tasked with vetting labor secretary nominee and fast-food executive Andrew Puzder will hold his confirmation hearing on Feb.16, now that his ethics paperwork has been submitted to Congress, a committee spokesman said Wednesday.

Puzder’s certification from the Office of Government Ethics arrived at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions exactly two months after Puzder was nominated to the job by President Donald Trump.

A spokesman for Puzder, George Thompson, said he expects that Puzder will turn in a separate questionnaire to the committee by Thursday morning.

Puzder is the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which owns primarily franchised restaurants including Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Tentative plans for Puzder’s hearing have been repeatedly postponed amid delays with a review by the Office of Government Ethics.

Those stem from the complexities surrounding how Puzder will divest himself from CKE Restaurants, which is owned by private equity firm Roark Capital Group.

Other companies in Roark Capital’s portfolio include Corner Bakery, Cinnabon, Arby’s, Carvel, and Auntie Anne’s.

Senate Democrats have been highly critical of Puzder, a staunch critic of an overtime rule championed by the former Obama administration.

His nomination has sparked protests around the country by some CKE fast-food workers and the union-backed “Fight for $15” movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Workers from a number of CKE’s franchised locations have also complained of wage and hour concerns and other labor conditions in recent weeks.

In a letter to Puzder sent on Wednesday before the ethics paperwork was sent to the Senate, the committee’s ranking Democrat, Patty Murray, said she wanted to receive a “detailed account” of his plans for recusals, divestments, and resignations in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest stemming from his business relationship with Roark Capital Group.

“The franchise model’s pervasive presence in the fast food industry, the frequency of serious labor violations connected with franchising and your past or present financial interest in Roark raise questions regarding your ability to faithfully carry out the Department of Labor’s mandate,” Murray wrote.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Chris Reese, Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)

IMAGE: Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, takes part in a panel discussion titled “Understanding the Post-Recession Consumer” at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California  April 30, 2012.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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4 Comments

  1. FireBaron February 9, 2017

    OK, so we are going to have the most ethically challenged cabinet since Warren Harding!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 9, 2017

      All white supremacists males and not just racially biased either. Supremacy only the Big Daddies Good Ole Boys network are so accustomed to as their “culture.”

      They actually believe there is an undercover action to take all of these hick politicians out.

      So now what? Floods of Trump lawsuits? Melania is suing because her “once in a lifetime chance to push her fashions” became a lawsuit. Now Trump is bitching his darling daughter, Ivanka, was treated “unfairly” by Nordstrom’s …another lawsuit in the making? This shows just how mentally ill this man is. He swaggers and struts and opens that cow ass sized mouth to anyone who DARES tell him how to run is business. But, in the next breath he is telling Nordstrom they BETTER not boycott Ivanka’s stupid cheap labor clothes and shoes.

      Then, there is the lawsuit for the blogger whom Trump now says lied about Melania’s lawsuit..BS..her own lawyer tweeted a denial. It’s okay for Trump to lie as much as he pleases but he will run to the very judges he has decided are not nearly as smart as he is?

      “Goin’ out on the rails on a crazy train” (Ozzy Osbourne) should be Trump’s theme song.

  2. yabbed February 9, 2017

    Trump’s inability to understand the concept of ethics is legendary and his history is pockmarked with moral and ethical failings. We can’t be expected to think anyone associated with Trump would be familiar with the realm of ethics. His entire cabinet is made up of morally deficient racists and con men and flimflam artists.

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