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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, shake hands as Puzder leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump has tapped Puzder as his pick to head the Labor Department. Trump’s election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017. Many owners are more confident because their revenue looks to increase in 2017 due to the overall improving economy. They’re also optimistic because they expect Trump to deliver on promises to lower taxes and roll back regulations including parts of the health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration for labor secretary


UPDATE 3:44 p.m. EST:

Andrew Puzder has officially withdrawn his name from consideration for labor secretary, the Associated Press reported. He is the first of Trump's Cabinet nominees to do so.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Puzder's withdrawal was "a victory for the American worker." 

Schumer and other Senate Democrats fiercely fought Puzder's nomination, citing concerns over his business record and his position on labor issues. 

"If President Trump is remotely serious about standing up for workers, he will nominate someone for Labor Secretary that champions workers’ rights rather than suppresses them," Schumer said.

Original Story

President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, is expected to withdraw his name from consideration, several news outlets reported. A source close to the former restaurant executive told CBS News' Major Garrett that he's "very tired of the abuse."

The source reportedly said that he doesn't believe Puzder will appear for his confirmation hearing on Thursday before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee.

News of a possible withdrawal comes in the midst of a bipartisan front created by Capitol Hill lawmakers who said they're questioning Puzder's ability to be the next head of the Labor Department. 

At least five Senate Republicans said they don't intend to reveal how they'll vote on Puzder. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Mike Enzi of Wyoming have all told GOP leadership that they have serious concerns about the fast food CEO's nomination. 

Puzder faced backlash earlier this month after reports that he and his wife had employed an undocumented immigrant as a houseworker, CBS News reported. And, earlier this week, an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1990 surfaced in which Puzder's ex-wife alleged that he abused her, and that he had "vowed revenge" after she went public with the information.

“He said ‘I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over,’” Lisa Fierstein said while in disguise under the pseudonym "Ann."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) voiced her staunch opposition to Puzder's nomination. 

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration for labor secretary

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