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Confirmation Hearing for Labor Nominee Andy Puzder Back on the Schedule

The Senate labor committee postponed four previous scheduled hearings because Andy Puzder hadn't submitted required ethics and financial paperwork.
Andrew Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants In
Andy Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty Images

After weeks of delays, a confirmation hearing for Andy Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary, has been scheduled for next week, a spokesman for the committee's chairman told NBC News on Wednesday.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee had been postponed four scheduled hearings on Puzder's nomination because he hadn't yet submitted ethics and financial paperwork required from Cabinet nominees.

Image: Food workers protest Andy Puzder's labor secretary nomination
Demonstrators protest the nomination of Andy Puzder to be labor secretary Jan. 26 in Chicago.Scott Olson / Getty Images

But Wednesday, a spokesman for Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, the committee's chairman, said that the paperwork had finally been turned in and that a hearing was scheduled for Feb. 16.

Democrats have criticized Puzder — chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which runs Hardee's, Carl's Jr. and other fast food chains — for his statements opposing the minimum wage, as well as for labor complaints filed against his company.

NBC News reported Monday that Puzder also once employed an undocumented immigrant to be a housekeeper — a misstep that has derailed previous Cabinet nominees.

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Puzder said that he wasn't aware that the woman was undocumented and that he immediately terminated her when he found out, making sure to pay back taxes.