Today the Senate in a 60-40 cloture vote ended debate on President Obama's Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez. This means the nomination will move to a full Senate vote, which is expected tomorrow.
Six Republican senators joined 52 Democrats and two independents in voting for cloture: Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. All other Republicans voted no.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement earlier this year on Perez's nomination:
Working men and women will be well served by President Obama’s choice of Tom Perez to lead the Department of Labor.
Throughout his career, Perez has fought to level the playing field and create opportunities for working people, whether in the workplace, the marketplace or the voting booth. He has worked to eliminate discrimination in housing, provide access to education and health care, end hate crimes, crack down on employers who cheat workers out of wages and expand our democracy by protecting the fundamental right of every American to vote. In the 1990’s, he worked on the front lines of the effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform under the leadership of the great Senator Ted Kennedy—a job that will serve him well in today’s drive for commonsense immigration reform.