Andrew Puzder Withdraws Labor Secretary Nomination

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According to his FIU biography, Acosta is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board and "went on to be the first Hispanic to hold the rank of assistant attorney general".

Still recovering from the abrupt resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the White House is now tasked with replacing the controversial Labour Department candidate.

Prior to becoming the dean at FIU, Acosta served as the first Hispanic assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department under the George W. Bush administration and was US attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Acosta now is dean of Florida International University College of Law.

On Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called on Trump and Puzder to withdraw the nomination, saying the pair's business records and Puzder's housekeeper issue fly in the face of the president's vow to advocate for workers.

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On Thursday, fast food workers with the "Fight for $15" campaign in St. Louis gathered outside a south St. Louis Hardee's restaurant to celebrate the withdrawal of Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder. "It's time for President Trump to stop looking out for his billionaire buddies, and name a Secretary of Labor who will stand up for workers".

Acosta's family - who came to the U.S from Havana- embedded in him the importance of education from an early age. He had also clerked for Samuel Alito, now Supreme Court Justice.

US President Donald Trump's choice for labour secretary has withdrawn from consideration on the eve of a long-delayed confirmation hearing.

Accosta was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Florida by President George W. Bush in the 1970s. According to top GOP sources, Republican Florida Sen. "I think he'll be a tremendous secretary of labor". Allegations of spousal abuse, hiring an undocumented immigrant and questionable tax practices bogged it down even further, and his Senate confirmation hearing was postponed on several occasions.

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