Longtime business leader is perfect choice to weed out regulations that hold back economy
I am excited by the nomination of Andrew Puzder to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Puzder’s long experience as an executive, most recently as CEO of CKE Restaurants, has given him firsthand experience of the many ways federal regulations can hamstring business owners, creating restraints and complexities that restrain their ability to make choices that are most beneficial to their businesses, their employees, and their communities.
As head of the National Center for Policy Analysis, I lead an organization focused on solving America’s challenges by harnessing the free enterprise system. Puzder understands that a dynamic economy powered by entrepreneurship is the best way to improve the livelihoods of all Americans.
That’s why I am honored to join my friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in signing the following letter to U.S. Senators, encouraging them to confirm Puzder’s nomination:
On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our members, we write to express our strong support for the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of the United States Department of Labor. For the past eight years, the Labor Department has overwhelmed job creators with burdensome regulations, creating immense uncertainty for employers. This has led to a subpar economic recovery, including gross domestic product growth that has averaged less than 2 percent under President Obama. What is worse, nearly 95 million Americans remain out of work.
As a longtime successful businessman and employer, Puzder understands what it takes to get Americans working again. We believe a change of labor policy at the federal level is crucial to encourage job creation and spur economic growth. Andrew Puzder would bring a welcome, fresh perspective to the U.S. Labor Department that our country needs. Over the years, he has warned about the harmful impact of overly burdensome workplace regulation, and his firsthand experience dealing with those burdens should prove invaluable in identifying and targeting regulations that do more harm than good.
During the Obama administration, the Labor Department imposed $55.7 billion in total finalized regulatory costs and added nearly 70 million hours in paperwork burden for job creators. Under the Obama Labor Department, for the first time in 35 years, more American businesses closed than launched. This decline in entrepreneurship and opportunities has made it harder for people to find work and many Americans have simply given up looking for jobs altogether.
American workers need a Labor Secretary with real-world experience creating jobs and opportunities, and we believe Andrew Puzder will fulfill that role. As House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx noted in an oped last month: “Under his strong leadership, CKE Restaurants has thrived and grown to more than 3,700 restaurants worldwide. CKE restaurants and franchises in the United States employ more than 75,000 men and women.”
By making sure the Labor Department promotes deregulatory policies, Andrew Puzder can foster and encourage the business formation that makes job creation possible. Those are goals that our organizations support and all Americans can get behind.
President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
President, Americans for Tax Reform
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Executive Director, Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.
James Amos, Jr.
President and CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis