Obama Labor Chief Pick Perez Wins Senate Confirmation

By Ben James (July 18, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT) -- Thomas Perez got a green light from the Senate Thursday to take the helm at the U.S. Department of Labor, despite Republican gripes about his handling of a False Claims Act case against St. Paul, Minn., and claims that he hadn't been responsive to a congressional subpoena.

Perez, who has been serving as the head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division since 2009, won confirmation to serve as Secretary of Labor by a vote of 54-46, a day after the Senate voted to cut off debate on his nomination.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, speaking before Thursday's confirmation vote...

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