Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote
May 16th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote

(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.


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  1. Malory Archer

    Same day, different BS. And when combined with every so-called "scandal" that has fallen apart on the rethugs over the last few days, just makes it more likely that the rethugs will lose more congressional seats in 2014, and the Dems will finally get that 60+ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate! Hooray! Keep up the good work thugs!

    May 16, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Jinx9to88

    Who would have thought the GOP would vote for something Obama wanted. This is hilarious. O well next year GOP will be the minority AGAIN!

    May 16, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Sniffit

    And now comes the GOP/Teatroll filibuster because, well, its the Labor Dept....duh...they want it broken and dismembered if they can't have a pro-corporation/anti-employee ideologue as the Secretary, abusing his powers to help destroy unions and overlook labor abuses.

    May 16, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Babyboomer

    And we wonder why President Obama can't know every detail of every governmental department at least a month before something happens. If no one can get confirmed to run these organizations, how will he be kept abreast of it all. It's clear to me that this is the Republican's backup plan to trying to make him a "One Term President". What we see here is "Plan B"...

    May 16, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The hop garbage of America party has done nothing to improve America in the last five years except hold 37 expensive votes to try and kill Obama care witch helps provide healthcare for all Americans while they themselves freeload off the American taxpayers with their free healthcare that we have to pay for . The gop is going to lose the house and senate in 2014 mid terms . The gop is to stupid to govern !!!!!

    May 16, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Sniffit

    " If no one can get confirmed to run these organizations, how will he be kept abreast of it all."

    "Government is broken...see...we broke it!"

    May 16, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    Here we go again........ Same ish, different day.

    May 16, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Well,
    If nobody has a job we won't need a labor Secetary, will we? Not much to worry about. Look to the State of Michigan becoming a Right to Work State as a Pre Curser of things to come. I want to get rich too. I am applying at Solundra as we speak.

    May 16, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. rs

    Republicans and their stall tactics are really getting old. They have no philosophical or policy problem with the nominee (except the nonsense they make up for themselves, naturally)- they are simply used to doing NOTHING. They are addicted to chaos and obstruction- and that is all.

    The Republciansare proving they couldn't run a 7-11 much less the best and most powerful nation on Earth.

    May 16, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. lottie

    The GOP up to it's usual crap. Boy am I tired of them. Hope we can vote some of them out in 2014 so this country can move forward. Tired of being held hostage by these clowns.

    May 16, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The GOP is trying to block every nominee. Still there is no Director of the ATF thanks to the GOP. I'm just waiting for the next mass shooting to see who they're going to blame.

    May 16, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I cannot help but wonder what qualifications conservatives would consider to be good for a Labor Secretary. The whole point of the post is job domestic creation and labor laws. Neither of which the right wing seems to favor.

    May 16, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    @Ray.

    I thought you GOP'rs were for Right to Work. After all our GOP governor got the law passed when many in Michigan didn't want it. We, the employees, still don't want it, but the greedy employers do. Jobs that used to pay $15 per hour are now barely paying $10. Thanks GOP, for your eager assistance in putting people in poverty.

    Michigan, where the rich get richer and the middle class become impoverished. Go Michigan!!

    May 16, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Carl Lucas

    As it becomes CLEARER, that Barack Obama is NOT his OWN man, his is in Puppetry land is laid BARE, as the STRINGS attached, revels what dictate 'His' policies!

    May 16, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Good. organized labor has already done enough damage to America, with their huge excesses, and it is time to get control of those excesses.

    May 16, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |