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Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate
Perez confirmation vote hangs on Senate's 'nuclear option' debate

Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the filibuster. Four months after his nomination, the 51-year-old Takoma Park man is one of seven presidential appointees whom Democratic leaders plan to bring to the Senate floor as early as Tuesday. It is unclear whether Perez, whom Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called a "crusading ideologue," can get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and win confirmation. Democrats hold a 52-46 majority in the Senate, and the...

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