Reid said that Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinDem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law 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 McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyPruitt granted extension to file financial disclosure form Pruitt's 24/7 security requested over fears of Trump policy backlash EPA documents detail threats against Pruitt 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.”