A Senate panel approved the nomination of Thomas Perez to be labor secretary, advancing President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed Hilda Solis as the nation’s top labor-law enforcer to the full U.S. Senate where Republican opposition is building.
Thomas Perez’s nomination for U.S. labor secretary is running into mounting opposition from Senate Republicans, with some saying confirmation might be at risk. A committee vote on the nomination was delayed for a week.
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee blocked a vote on confirming Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency by boycotting a meeting called to consider the nomination.
Thomas Perez, nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Labor secretary, clashed with Senate Republicans at his confirmation hearing over decisions he made as the Justice Department’s top civil rights lawyer.
Republicans on the Senate committee weighing the nomination of Thomas Perez to be U.S. Labor Secretary are seeking to postpone a panel vote this week that would advance his selection to the full Senate.
When Thomas Perez was nominated in 2009 to a top Justice Department post, Senate Republicans delayed a vote for months over his past work with a group that aids immigrants, regardless of their legal status.