US Senate panel receives ethics filings for Labor nominee Puzder: spokesman
Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, takes part in a panel discussion titled "Understanding the Post-Recession Consumer" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD) - RTR31FMC

The U.S. Senate panel tasked with vetting Labor Secretary nominee and fast food executive Andrew Puzder has received the ethics paperwork that is needed to proceed with the confirmation process, a spokesman for Puzder said on Wednesday.

The spokesman, George Thompson, said the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is expected to announce a confirmation hearing date on Thursday.

He added the committee now has Puzder's certification from the Office of Government Ethics, and expects the panel will receive other relevant paperwork on Thursday morning.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chris Reese)