Reid said that Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? 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 McCarthyObama EPA chief: Pruitt must uphold ‘law and science’ Overnight Energy: Congress does away with Obama coal mining rule GOP suspends rules to push through EPA pick despite Dem boycott 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.”