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Another GOP senator won't commit to labor pick, more cabinet members sworn in


February 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — A fifth Republican senator is refusing to say he’ll support Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary.

Fast food CEO Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing is Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Four senators on that panel have said they want to hear why Puzder didn’t pay taxes on a housekeeper not authorized to work in the U.S. until five years after he fired her.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a member of the leadership, added himself to that group Tuesday. Thune told reporters he will “wait and see what his explanation is” at the hearing.

The other four are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — more than enough to sink Puzder’s nomination.

In other news on the Trump Administration:

—Former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon has been sworn in to lead the Small Business Administration.

The SBA is best known for making small business loans and providing disaster aid to companies and entrepreneurs.

—David Shulkin has been sworn in as President Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath to Shulkin after all 100 senators voted late Monday to confirm the 57-year-old physician to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vote was a rare show of bipartisanship amid partisan rancor over Trump’s other Cabinet nominees.


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