Reid: GOP will use 'every trick in the book' to stop Perez nomination

Reid said that Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinTom HarkinDo candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? The Hill's 12:30 Report Mark Mellman: Parsing the primary processes MORE (D-Iowa) gave GOP members of his committee an additional two weeks to review Perez’s answers to written questions. The committee was scheduled to vote on the Perez nomination on Wednesday, but an anonymous Republican decided to block the nomination that same day.

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“Sen. Harkin already delayed the nomination by two weeks,” Reid said. “After granting additional time out of consideration it was disappointing that an anonymous Republican blocked his nomination.”

Republicans have argued that Perez is an extreme “ideologue.” 

Reid also criticized Republicans for threatening to block the nomination of Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyHow Congress got to yes on toxic chemical reform Overnight Energy: Labor rift opens over green mega-donor GOP: EPA is violating court hold on climate rule MORE to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Republicans have decided to play political games with dozens — scores — of President Obama’s nominees,” Reid said. “This has now become a pattern of the Republican Party.”

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