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New U.S. labor secretary, the highest post for a Dominican abroad ever

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Thomas E. Perez as U.S. labor secretary, making him the first person of Dominican origin to reach such a high post in the United States or any foreign government.

Perez, who is the latest of president Barack Obama’s nominees to earn confirmation after senators reached a deal to avert changing the Senate’s rules, faced a tough battle, with allegations of being “too liberal” in his previous public posts

The Washington Post reports that the Senate confirmed Perez on a party-line vote, 54-46. “Republicans objected to Perez’s nomination by citing his tenure as head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. They have accused Perez of improper involvement in a whistleblower case in St. Paul, Minn.”

Perez’s confirmation marks another milestone for Dominicans abroad, who’ve proven that despite shortcomings in their country of origin, or of their predecessors, will forge ahead toward achievements in all fields, not just baseball and music, or regrettable areas.

Source: DT

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