Senate confirms Obama labor nominee
July 18th, 2013
12:54 PM ET
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Senate confirms Obama labor nominee

Updated at 2:18 p.m. ET on 7/18

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted mostly along party lines to confirm Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary.

The 54-46 vote came after an agreement earlier this week that ended a GOP filibuster of his nomination.

"Tom has lived the American dream himself, and has dedicated his career to keeping it within reach for hardworking families across the country," President Barack Obama said in a statement after Perez's confirmation. "At the Department of Labor, Tom will help us continue to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, make sure workers have the skills those jobs require, and ensure safe workplaces and economic opportunity for all."

Perez had come under heavy fire from Republicans for his actions as head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

The controversy surrounding Perez's nomination originated from Perez's role in a decision by the Justice Department not to become involved in a whistleblower case in Minnesota. Republican leaders charged that the Justice Department decided not to get involved in order to persuade a St. Paul municipality to stop its challenge against housing discrimination guidelines being taken up by the Supreme Court.

Despite GOP criticism, Democratic support for Perez remained strong.

At 51, Perez is so far the only Latino nominated to Obama's second-term Cabinet.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "At 51, Perez is so far the only Latino nominated to Obama's second-term Cabinet. "
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    Nice parting shot, there. So far, Sotomayor is the only Latino nominated to the SCOTUS by Pres. Obama.

    July 18, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. it must be said

    Great... another far left zealot in the government.

    July 18, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    "At 51, Perez is so far the only Latino nominated to Obama's second-term Cabinet. "
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    Nice parting shot, there. So far, Sotomayor is the only Latino nominated to the SCOTUS by Pres. Obama.
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    some people simply cannot be pleased.

    July 18, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    With the overwhelming hatred the GOP shows Latinos, it's a wonder they confirmed Perez. Must have been a real hard pill to swallow for them. Good thing Perez wasn't a woman, or gay, or both.

    July 18, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. jinx9to88

    Yep thats how it should be. Any President should get a vote on who he wants to work with and not to be filibustered.

    July 18, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Of course the GOTP will vote in lockstep against labor. You think they actually care about workers and our rights? Ha!! The jokes on you.

    July 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Any time you want to stay on topic there, sport... Rudy says there's NO exceptions. I merely pointed out that there are exceptions. In the text of the bill, specifically Section 171.045 – EXCEPTIONS. That is, of course, should he choose to be honest.
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    Honest? Let's be honest. You cited a Reuters article that apparently doesn't exist. Probably ditto for HuffPost.
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    I'd gladly post the link. In fact, tried to several times. It's not going to get by the "moderators".

    July 18, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    I'd gladly post the link. In fact, tried to several times. It's not going to get by the "moderators".
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    They do not allow links. Period. Not anything resembling a web address. If you have not figured that out by now, then you really have not been paying attention. Post the date and title of the article, like I did. Make sure that it discusses the latest bill, not the one that was filibustered.

    July 18, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |