Perez will get vote in Senate committee

The Senate GOP argues that they have serious and legitimate concerns about Perez's ability to take the helm at Labor because of what they say was the "inappropriate" handling of a discrimination case and communications he made outside of Justice. 

"I think the fact that the personal emails haven't been responded to in the House, in terms of the subpoena, are enough for me to have serious concerns," Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Signs of progress, challenges in fighting Alzheimer's MORE (R-Ga.) told The Hill.

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Energy: Chemical safety regulator's nomination at risk | Watchdog scolds Zinke on travel records | Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog Collins ‘leaning against’ Trump EPA chemical nominee MORE (R-N.C.), who said he plans to show up for the vote, said Perez's inability to provide the requested information disqualifies him from getting the Labor job. 

"I actually have major concerns about his release of government nonpublic documents and nonpublic information, and there's no indication on his part that he thought there was anything improper with that," he told The Hill. 

"And right now, that's a disqualifier unless he clears that up between now and then."

A Senate aide said Republican attendance "may be sparse" because Democrats only need half of the committee to hold the vote.

"There seems to be little Republican support for Perez. Some Republicans have been waiting a long time on information they deem necessary to doing their job of advice and consent, and others have decided on the merits," the aide told The Hill. 

Meanwhile, Democratic support for Perez has been unwavering. 

Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE (D-Md.) said she certainly hopes the panel can approve his nomination on Thursday. 

"I'm a great admirer of Tom Perez," she said. 

"He's done a great job in Maryland and at the Justice Department." 

She said support from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce should provide an indication of the strength of his credentials.

"They had some of the reluctance that others had, was he too left, too liberal, too labor," she said. 

"That's a starchy group, and they're supporting him. I hope we have a Senate vote."

House and Senate Republicans contend that Perez acted unethically in a deal with city officials in St. Paul, Minn. 

They argue he convinced the city to drop a Supreme Court appeal that would have had a potentially adverse effect on discrimination cases in exchange for the Justice Department's agreement to step away from two whistle-blower cases. 

Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderSessions defends Lynch's use of an email pseudonym: 'I have a pseudonym' Holder: Sessions is ‘racially insensitive’ and ‘racially unaware’ Let's start giving media manipulation the attention it deserves MORE argued on Wednesday that Perez acted properly in the St. Paul case, took the proper steps to ensure the course of action was "ethically sound," and "it seems to me that what was done was in the best interest of the people of the United States," he said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. 

Holder and House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) faced off over whether Perez acted appropriately. 

In trying to respond to Issa, Holder said, “I am not going to stop talking now."

"It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress," Holder said. "It is unacceptable. It is shameful."

The hold up on Perez's nomination could lead to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (D-Nev.) and his Democratic colleagues to more seriously consider launching the "nuclear option" that would disable the 60-vote threshold requirement on certain nominations and allow for a majority vote on the Senate floor. 

If the Senate rules are changed, that would probably smooth the process for Perez's contentious nomination and several others that have gotten stuck amid the upper chamber's procedural rules, including Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyThe media’s tactics to silence science at Trump’s EPA Overnight Energy: EPA releases ozone findings | Lawmakers come out against Perry grid plan | Kids sue Trump on climate change Congress must come to terms on climate change regulation MORE for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Richard Cordray at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Obama’s picks to sit on the National Labor Relations Board.