DeLauro Statement on Senate Republicans Calling for White House to Withdraw Puzder’s Nomination for Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC (February 15, 2017) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding news that Senate Republicans have advised the White House to withdraw Andrew Puzder’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Labor. DeLauro is the Senior Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
“Senate Republicans are right in calling on the White House to withdraw Mr. Puzder’s nomination for Secretary of Labor. Mr. Puzder has a history of anti-worker policies, which include fighting against paying workers their hard earned overtime, opposing expansion of the Affordable Care Act, and engaging in marketing tactics that degrade women. Further, Mr. Puzder has a number of conflicts of interest that create a cloud of ethical concerns.
“President Trump repeatedly assured the American people that he would fight for the working men and women in this country. He now has the opportunity to choose a Secretary of Labor who will side with the American worker, not corporate interests. The Department of Labor has a long history of ensuring that every American who works hard and plays by the rules can enjoy dignified work and economic opportunity. President Trump would be wise to build on that legacy, not destroy it.”