Senate OKs latest Obama nominee, despite grumbling

ALAN FRAM
July 17, 2013
Senate OKs latest Obama nominee, despite grumbling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has easily confirmed Fred Hochberg for a second term heading the Export-Import Bank as a bipartisan pact seems to be holding over seven of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations.

Senators prepared to cast a second, more controversial vote on whether to end a filibuster against Thomas Perez. He's Obama's pick for Labor Secretary.

Perez is a top Justice Department official. Republicans have been criticizing him for not obeying a congressional subpoena that sought his personal emails in a whistle-blower case against the city of St. Paul, Minn.

It takes 60 votes to end filibusters, delaying tactics aimed at killing bills or nominations. In a deal announced Tuesday, top Republicans agreed to end delays against the nominations and Democrats promised to drop efforts to change Senate rules limiting filibusters.