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The effort to derail Andrew Puzder’s labor secretary confirmation could get a boost from new Republican opposition to President Donald Trump’s education nominee, but it’s still too early to draw close parallels.
Two moderate Republican Senators—Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine)—both said Feb. 1 that they will vote against Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. That raises the question of whether they might also cross the aisle to disapprove of Puzder at either his committee vote or, more likely, on the Senate floor.
Until Puzder submits his paperwork and testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, it’s difficult to predict whether a few GOP Senators would defect and vote against the fast-food executive. Still, increased vulnerability for DeVos signals that lobbyists on both sides of the issue may redouble efforts to focus on Collins, Murkowski and other centrist Senators in both parties. If DeVos were to be officially blocked, this could give more ammunition to the anti-Puzder movement.