WASHINGTON Breaking News: Senate Approves Perez as New Labor Secretary

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The U.S. Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as the Obama administration's new labor secretary, despite deep opposition from Republicans who accused him of bending the laws to advance his liberal agenda. Chairman Ben Bernanke said that Congress could do more to help the U.S. economy this year but instead has focused on reducing the federal deficit. Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums.

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