A Senate committee hearing on Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, has been pushed back for a fourth time because his paperwork can be missing.
Puzder was scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Feb. 7.
His hearing won’t be rescheduled until the committee receives his paperwork via the Office of Government Ethics, according to an aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander, the committee’s chair.
Puzder can be the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs Hardee’s in addition to also Carl’s Jr. fast food chains.
The indefinite postponement caps a contentious day of confirmation fights.
The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general Tuesday morning. in addition to also Senate Democrats announced they would certainly boycott the Senate Finance Committee’s vote on Rep. Tom cost to lead the Department of Health in addition to also Human Services in addition to also Steven Mnuchin to head the U.S. Treasury.
Puzder’s appointment has been challenged by labor rights activists in addition to also Democrats via the start. The fast food exec features a long record of fighting against government regulation, a $15 minimum wage in addition to also the Affordable Care Act.
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at This particular point, opponents say his missing paperwork raises additional questions.
“I’ve been very concerned to see Republicans trying to jam nominees with extensive financial entanglements through the committee process, so to be clear: If in addition to also when Mr. Puzder does produce paperwork in addition to also his hearing can be rescheduled, I will expect a date to be set that will allows plenty of time to thoroughly review his documents,” Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, said in a statement.
What’s missing via Puzder’s file can be a plan to avoid any financial conflicts of interest, as well as his committee questionnaire, which asks for financial information in addition to also personal history.
Before starting their brand new jobs, nominees for Senate-confirmed positions have to make a plan with the Office of Government Ethics to resolve any potential conflicts. The ethics agency then sends the relevant Senate committee a package with the nominee’s ethics agreement, his or her financial disclosure report in addition to also a cover letter certifying the report.
The information can be typically released to the public a day later.
— sy88pgw’s Laura Jarrett contributed reporting.
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published January 31, 2017: 5:59 PM ET