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Labor nominee Perez faces sharp questions from GOP senators
Labor nominee Perez faces sharp questions from GOP senators

Thomas E. Perez, the former Maryland labor secretary nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, faced pointed questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday about whether politics influenced his decisions as the top civil rights attorney in the U.S. Justice Department. But the 51-year-old Takoma Park man, nominated last month by President Barack Obama, focused his testimony largely on the economy, faced questions on only a fraction of concerns Republicans have raised in recent weeks, and made no obvious missteps during the two-hour hearing. "We can all agree on the need to create jobs and strengthen the middle class," said Perez, the only Hispanic named by Obama to...

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