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.
Senate Republicans say Thomas Perez, a Justice Department official who’s been nominated to lead the U.S. Labor Department, faces tough questions about the role he played negotiating a deal that caused the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, to agree to drop a Supreme Court case.
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.
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.
Frederick Newell, a part-time minister and small-business owner, says he thought he was helping the government when he blew the whistle on the alleged misuse of job-assistance funds in St. Paul, Minnesota.
President Barack Obama is close to choosing assistant U.S. attorney general Thomas Perez as labor secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter, drawing objections from a senior Republican senator.