Senate Republicans pushed back against reports Monday that Secretary of Labor nominee Andy Puzder’s nomination could be in jeopardy amid reports that four Republicans are holding out their support ahead of his hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Ala., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., remain non-committal and are withholding their support until after Thursday’s hearing.

All four sit on the committee as well, meaning that one vote against Puzder could doom his nomination before it even gets to a floor vote, according to the Washington Post.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee tried to downplay potential opposition to Puzder, telling reporters Monday at the Capitol that those reports are simply “speculation.”

“I think that’s just speculation. We have our hearing Thursday. We are looking forward to it. Mr. Puzder is looking forward to it. I think he’s an excellent nominee,” Alexander said.

He added that due to requests from his colleagues on the committee, there will be two rounds of questions.

Meanwhile, Scott told reporters on Monday evening that any report intimating that he has made up his mind are incorrect, saying that he is waiting until after Thursday’s hearing to make a decision.

“I don’t have an opinion … CNN is incorrect. I never said I was opposed to him at all,” Scott said, referring to a CNN report about the status of Puzder’s nomination.

“I want to hear what he says on Thursday to put me in a position to let you know what I think about him, but at this point I’m reserving the right to hold my opinion until I hear something.”

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Among the issues facing Puzder’s nomination are allegations of abuse his ex-wife leveled against him in an appearance on “Oprah” in the 1980s and reports that it took him several years to pay back taxes on an undocumented immigrant he hired as a housekeeper.

Collins told reporters Monday that she has watched the allegations from the episode of “Oprah,” but noted that that Lisa Fierstein, his ex-wife, has recanted all of those allegations.

“It’s my understanding his former wife has recanted her allegations and did so decades ago, and I have secured those letters and am reading those as well. We’ll see what happens at the hearing,” said Collins, who could potentially break with Republicans a second time after voting, along with Murkowski, against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ nomination.

Alexander also predicted that the allegations will not be an issue that could doom his confirmation.

“His former wife has said it was all not true,” Alexander said. “She has reiterated that in a heartfelt letter to members of the committee and has been willing to talk to members of the committee, so I don’t think that’s an issue.”

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The Thursday hearing is slated for 10 a.m at the Dirksen Senate Office building.

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