(CNN) - Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama's nominee to be Labor Secretary, was approved by the Senate labor committee on a straight party line vote.
Perez has come under heavy fire from Republicans for his actions when he headed the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice earlier in the Obama administration. Last week, Republicans blocked the committee vote by invoking a rarely used procedural tactic, which angered Senate Democrats.
Now that he is voted out of committee, the full Senate must consider his nomination, which may be scheduled next week. A GOP filibuster – which would require 60 votes to break - appears likely.