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HELP Committee approves Perez for DOL post; nomination moves to full Senate

May 16, 2013

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Washington – The Democratic-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 16 approved Thomas Perez’s nomination to become secretary of labor with a 12-10 vote along partisan lines.

The committee debated Perez’s qualifications for about 30 minutes before coming to a vote. The nomination now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

President Barack Obama nominated Perez for the Department of Labor’s top position on March 18. Perez is a former secretary of labor for Maryland and most recently served in the Department of Justice as its top civil rights attorney.

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