Senate votes to advance allegedly untruthful Labor Dept. nominee 

The Senate voted for cloture today to advance the nomination of Patricia Smith to be Solicitor of Labor by a vote of 60-32. The vote was along party lines. This is despite the fact that Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., produced a detailed 40-page report with convincing evidence she lied in testimony to the Senate about her role in a controversial program when she worked for the Department of Labor in New York state.

The Democratic Senate is rushing through a few last minute items before they lose their supermajority. Despite repeated attempts today to get a statement from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader did not provide a comment about where he stood on her nomination.

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