Perez, currently the nation’s top civil rights lawyer, was confirmed by a vote of 54-46 in the Senate, the narrowest result for any of President
Perez will become the sole Latino in the Cabinet, leading the Labor Department as
Obama announced Perez as his choice for the post in March to replace former California congresswoman
His confirmation stemmed from an accord between senators on Tuesday that ended a Democratic threat to change Senate filibuster rules to eliminate a minority's ability to block executive branch nominations. The deal was put to the test Wednesday in a procedural vote, when Republicans fell just one vote shy of sustaining a filibuster.
The deal also resulted in the confirmation of