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Trump Taps Fast Food Exec Andy Puzder to Head the Labor Department

Puzder—the guy who oversees the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's franchises—has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare and has argued against raising the minimum wage.
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Fast food fan Donald Trump is expected to pick Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, to serve as the secretary of labor, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In addition to overseeing the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. franchises, the 66-year-old was Mitt Romney's economic advisor in 2012 and went on to do the same job for Trump in 2016. Puzder has also been an outspoken critic of President Obama's federal business regulations, has argued against raising the minimum wage, and blamed the Affordable Care Act for driving down consumer spending and keeping people out of restaurants.

Should the Senate approve Puzder for the job, he could roll back some of the regulations the Obama administration put in place to provide more paid leave, increase the minimum wage, and end workplace discrimination.

"Puzder will be there for his low-wage-industry CEO buddies, who are now salivating over the prospect of rolling back the Obama administration's efforts to raise pay for low-wage workers, improve workplace safety, and increase corporate accountability," National Employment Law Project executive director Christine Owens told the Journal.

Neither Trump nor his transition spokesman Jason Miller have commented on the rumored pick, but Miller applauded Puzder on Wednesday, saying, "He's someone who is both a job creator and understands what we need to do to help get our economy moving for everybody."