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Fred Hochberg Confirmation: Senate Approves Latest Obama Nominee, Despite Grumbling

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House July 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke about the recent confirmation as Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was sworn in earlier today. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has easily confirmed Fred Hochberg for a second term heading the Export-Import Bank as a bipartisan pact seems to be holding over seven of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations.

Senators prepared to cast a second, more controversial vote on whether to end a filibuster against Thomas Perez. He's Obama's pick for Labor Secretary.

Perez is a top Justice Department official. Republicans have been criticizing him for not obeying a congressional subpoena that sought his personal emails in a whistle-blower case against the city of St. Paul, Minn.

It takes 60 votes to end filibusters, delaying tactics aimed at killing bills or nominations. In a deal announced Tuesday, top Republicans agreed to end delays against the nominations and Democrats promised to drop efforts to change Senate rules limiting filibusters.

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