More than 100 groups back Puzder for Labor secretary

More than 100 groups back Puzder for Labor secretary
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More than 100 groups have signed a letter supporting Andrew Puzder to serve as President Trump’s secretary of Labor, Politico Playbook reported.

“We believe that Mr. Puzder stands ready to promote and enact pro-growth policies that will benefit working Americans across the board,” a letter organized by the International Franchise Association reads. “His confirmation as Secretary of Labor will help reinvigorate the direction of the department, as well as the spirit of America’s business owners and workforce.”

The association includes the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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Restaurant associations in Maine and Alaska have also sent letters to their senators, urging them to back Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.,  for the role. The Maine Restaurant Association sent a letter to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE (R-Maine), while the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association addressed a letter to Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse PBS premieres first nationally distributed kids' show with Native American lead MORE (R-Alaska).

Puzder’s confirmation hearing before the Senate, which has been rescheduled four times, is now set for Thursday.

The fast-food executive has also devised a plan to avoid any potential conflicts of interest should he be confirmed to the post, which includes stepping down as CEO of CKE Restaurants.