Merkley Statement on Puzder Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement regarding reports that Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, is withdrawing his name from consideration: 

“After campaigning as a champion of workers, Donald Trump had a chance to name someone to lead the Labor Department who would use the position to advocate for higher wages and increased prosperity for workers across America. Instead, he chose someone who has spent his career perfecting the art of grinding workers into the ground. Puzder’s decision to withdraw is a fitting end to that misguided decision, and long overdue.

“I hope Trump takes advantage of this opportunity to nominate someone who will work for workers, rather than against them.”