The Senate voted 60 - 43 to cut off debate on the nomination of Thomas Edward Perez to be Secretary of Labor. Senators now have up to 30 hours for additional debate on the nomination under an agreement reached earlier this week. A final confirmation vote on Perez could be held on Thursday if debate time is yeilded back.
The next of President Obama's cabinet nominees waiting consideration is Regina McCarthy to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Before the Perez vote, Fred Hochberg was approved to serve another term as President of the Export-Import Bank by a vote of 82 - 17.
On Tuesday, the Senate approved by a vote of 66 - 34 Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The cloture vote over his nomination was seen as key to the Republican effort to avoid the so-called "nuclear option" on filibuster rules changes.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that a hearing on President Obama's new nominees for the National Labor Relations Board would be held on Tuesday, with a vote scheduled for next Thursday.
Senate Republicans objected to the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. and Sharon Block, who they contend were appointed to the NRLB by the President through an illegal recess appointment. Senate Democrats agreed to withdraw the two nominees as part of a deal to avoid changes to the Senate's filibuster rules.
The two NRLB nominees are Nancy Schiffer, associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, chief counsel to NLRB Chair Mark Gaston Pearce.