Thomas Perez Confirmation To Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division Held Up For Six Months

11/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For months, the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder have been promising to restore the Justice Department's role in protecting minority rights. Key to that effort is having a leader for the Civil Rights Division, which is dedicated to preserving voting rights, fighting discriminatory lending practices, and protecting Americans from discrimination in housing and employment. But confirmation of the administration's nominee, Thomas Perez, has been held up in the Senate for six months.

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