Thursday’s confirmation hearing for fast-food maven Andrew Puzder, the Trump administration’snominee for Labor Secretary, is expected to bea bruising affair.

As of Monday, as many as four Republicans on the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pension committee were withholding support forPuzder, pending his performance during the hearing.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, wereexpected to be on the fence regarding Pudzer’s confirmation, givenweeks of negative press and delays in Puzder’s financial disclosurefilings with the Office of Government Ethics.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.