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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Thomas E. Perez
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said Tuesday that it is time to raise the minimum wage and said he does not buy the Republican argument that a federally mandated increase will cost jobs.
The House's chief investigator on Tuesday implicated another top Obama administration figure in the controversy over the administration's probe into criminal wrongdoing at the IRS, saying Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez must answer questions about why an Obama donor was named to lead the investigation into the tax agency's tea-party targeting.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continued the administration's push for Congress to restore emergency unemployment benefits for approximately 1.3 million people who were cut off last month, arguing that past Congresses did so without demanding offsets elsewhere in the budget.
With the media giving 24/7 coverage to the federal shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff, other important news is slipping under the radar.
With Thomas E. Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months — a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering.
The Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominees to head the Labor Department and the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, clearing the decks of the controversial nominees that had threatened to push the Senate into a parliamentary meltdown just two days ago.
Fresh off a bruising immigration bill fight that cost him support among some on the Republican right, Sen. Marco Rubio is refocusing on bread-and-butter issues that play better with the GOP base: defunding President Obama's health law, promoting pro-life policies and attacking the United Nations.
Declaring that the country faces a presidential nominations crisis, the Senate's top Democrat vowed Sunday to press ahead with showdown votes this week that could end up rewriting Senate rules to power through President Obama's team, but also threatens to end the comity that is essential to the chamber's operations.
For President Obama, this is the summer of his discontent. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, a reliable supporter of the president, has had enough. He recently said: "In Watergate, Sen. [Howard] Baker said it all; everybody uses this: 'What did he know, and when did he know it?'"
Two of President Obama's second-term personnel picks that have attracted conservative and business opposition moved a step closer to confirmation Thursday.
Questions have surfaced over a Justice Department plan to hire 44 more attorneys for its Civil Rights Division, which has been accused of bias by members of Congress and been described in a government report as having deep ideological differences that have fueled disputes harmful to its operation.
President Obama's nominee to run the Labor Department on Thursday acknowledged during his Senate confirmation hearing the administration has understated the nation's unemployment rate.
Republicans have ramped up attacks on President Obama's pick to head the Labor Department, releasing a scathing report that says Thomas E. Perez abused his power and negotiated a dubious deal while serving as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Republicans looking at the background of Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez say he "manipulated" federal law while in service as assistant attorney general and is guilty of cutting a "quid pro quo" deal.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez's nomination by President Obama as labor secretary has been met with criticism from Republicans and widespread concern among current and former Justice Department attorneys who question whether the Civil Rights Division chief is qualified for the post.
Mr. Perez said, during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," that people who work a full-time job shouldn't have to live in poverty — as the Obama administration pushes to crank up pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index the rate to inflation.
Mr. Perez said that after talking to small businesses across the country and investigating the issue, he is convinced it will not.