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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Reacts to Andrew Puzder’s Withdrawal from Consideration to be Labor Secretary

February 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan responded to the news that Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s choice for Secretary of Labor, withdrew his nomination. Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., has been sharply criticized for labor abuses that clearly disqualify him from the position of Secretary of Labor.

“The Secretary of Labor should be someone who is always willing to go to bat for hard working men and women across the United States. Making sure workers are safe and fairly compensated should be the top priorities of any Labor Secretary, but from what we know of Mr. Pudzer’s record, he would not have lived up to those most basic standards,” said Congressman Ryan. “Pudzer’s hostility towards increasing the minimum wage and fair compensation for overtime work underscored that while Puzder made millions, his own workers were forced to struggle to get by.”

“It is unacceptable that President Trump tried to appoint yet another nominee who stood to benefit by working against the very mission of their new agency. I’m proud that the American people and the United States Senate resoundingly rejected the nomination of Andrew Puzder. We need a Secretary of Labor who understands that American workers and their families are the backbone of our nation. And if President Trump is serious about bringing back good paying jobs, he should immediately nominate someone who is truly serious about protecting the welfare of workers,” continued Congressman Ryan.