By Elias Hubbard,
He has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida. It was pointed out that CKE was often in violation of many Labor Department rules that Puzder would now be entrusted to enforce.
Then-President-elect Donald Trump walks Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., on November 19, 2016.
Puzder needed support from at least 50 of the 52 Republicans in the Senate, as no Democrats or independents pledged to vote for him.
President Trump named R. Alexander Acosta as his new Labor Secretary nominee in a press conference Thursday.
“I want to hear what he has to say about that”, said Sen. In 2009, Acosta donated $500 to the U.S. -Cuba Democracy Pac.
Acosta also took on a number of health-care fraud cases, one of which resulted in a reprimand from a Miami judge.
Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, condemned the “egregious conduct” that played out during Acosta’s time at the Justice Department. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee’s ranking member, said in a written statement February 16.
The Hill reports that Allied Progress Executive Director Karl Frisch released a statement saying, “We understand that the President is still reeling from his last failed Labor nomination, but that doesn’t mean he should nominate someone who is wholly unqualified for the job”.
Senators privately reviewed the tape before Puzder’s scheduled hearing.
Below is what happened on Trump’s nineteenth day in office.
“We’re thrilled to work with Mr. Acosta”, Javier Palomarez, head of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told the Daily News, adding that he looks forward to working with the former attorney on labor issues concerning the minimum wage and businesses. “It would simply be suicide for a party that’s banking more and more on racial identity politics to be aggressive or even appear to be aggressively opposing someone like Acosta”.
Trump made the announcement at the beginning of a lengthy press conference during which he repeatedly blasted the media and defended his administration’s agenda. President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board.
CNN and NBC were reporting the that Acosta will be Trump’s pick. What a coup for Miami-Dade, if Acosta is confirmed by the Senate – which should be a breeze for someone who has been federally vetted three times.