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On March 13, President Obama nominated Maryland civil rights lawyer Thomas J. Perez for the post of Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of Department of Justice. Six months later, Perez — currently Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation — is being held up by Republican holds. Adam Serwer has the backstory, and has passed on one of the reasons the Republican minority is holding up Perez.
In his questionnaire for the nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, accused Perez of being unduly critical