Senate OKs latest Obama nominee, despite grumbling

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President Barack Obama, left, speaks as Richard Cordray, right, the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, listens during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The Senate voted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, to end a two-year Republican blockade that was preventing Cordray from winning confirmation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has easily confirmed Fred Hochberg for a second term heading the Export-Import Bank as a bipartisan pact seems to be holding over seven of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations.

Senators prepared to cast a second, more controversial vote on whether to end a filibuster against Thomas Perez. He's Obama's pick for Labor Secretary.

Perez is a top Justice Department official. Republicans have been criticizing him for not obeying a congressional subpoena that sought his personal emails in a whistle-blower case against the city of St. Paul, Minn.

It takes 60 votes to end filibusters, delaying tactics aimed at killing bills or nominations. In a deal announced Tuesday, top Republicans agreed to end delays against the nominations and Democrats promised to drop efforts to change Senate rules limiting filibusters.

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