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Senate committee approves Thomas Perez for labor secretary on party-line vote

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In a crisp 30 minutes, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the nomination of Thomas Perez Thursday morning to be the new labor secretary. The vote was 12-10, along party lines. Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said there was “no question” that Perez would be an outstanding pick for the role and scolded Republicans for holding up the vote, which had been...

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