Marylander pledges to repair, unite national Democratic party
ATLANTA — Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez, of Maryland, pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from “school board to the Senate” and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step […]
Md. task force looks to move the ball on retirement savings
ANNAPOLIS — A legislative task force is looking at potential legislation that would create a system of retirement plans for employees of small businesses. The idea is not new, but legislators now hope that expected changes in federal regulations will open the door to creating a plan, possibly a multiple-employer 401(k) style plan or state-managed […]
Senate OKs Perez to head Labor Department
WASHINGTON — A divided Senate confirmed Thomas Perez on Thursday to become secretary of labor, elevating the son of Dominican immigrants who as a top Justice Department official won praise from Democrats for aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and criticism from Republicans for being a liberal ideologue. Thursday’s party-line, 54-46 vote marked the third major […]
Senate panel considers labor board nominees
Senate Republicans said Thursday they would not support five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, raising the possibility the troubled agency could be rendered mostly inoperable later this year. The board has already been working under a cloud since January, when a federal appeals court said the president violated the Constitution by filling vacancies […]
Senate panel backs Perez to head Labor Dept.
WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has endorsed the nomination of Justice Department official Thomas Perez to head the Labor Department despite opposition from Republicans. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12 -10 to confirm Perez, currently the nation’s top civil rights enforcer. All Republicans on the committee voted no. The party-line vote […]
Holder defends Perez’s tenure at Justice Dept.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is defending Thomas Perez’s tenure as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and says he would make a great secretary of Labor. Holder told leaders of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Perez deserves praise for bringing a record number of cases alleging voting rights violations […]
Senate Democrats delay vote on Perez nomination
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have delayed a confirmation vote on Labor Secretary-nominee Thomas Perez after Republicans threatened to use a separate hearing to criticize his handling of a whistleblower case. A vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that had been set for Thursday has been pushed back to May 8. Committee […]
At confirmation hearing, Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind
WASHINGTON — Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez sought to assure senators Thursday that he would approach the job with an open mind and a willingness to work with business and labor groups alike to create new jobs. “You will always have a person who has an open and balanced approach,” Perez told the Senate Health, […]
GOP lawmakers subpoena nominee Perez’s emails
WASHINGTON — GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week. The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered […]
Former DLLR secretary Perez to be nominated to top Labor slot
WASHINGTON — Seeking to fill yet another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Barack Obama is set to nominate Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor, the White House says. If confirmed by the Senate, Perez, who has been head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for 3½ years, would […]
AP source: Obama poised to pick Perez for Labor
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is close to naming Thomas Perez, a civil rights official in the Justice Department, as his choice to head the Department of Labor, two people familiar with the process say. His nomination could come as early as Monday, the people familiar with the process said Saturday. They spoke on condition […]
U.S., Baltimore County settle discrimination lawsuit
Baltimore County will pay a total of $475,000 to 10 current, former and prospective employees to settle federal claims it has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discriminating against police officers, fire fighters and paramedics with disabilities by requiring medical tests that were not job-related.