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April 18, 2019

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Reid hopes for swift approval of cabinet nominees

WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama begins the parade-route ride to the White House, Congress is getting back to work.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes the chamber can approve several of Obama's nominees for cabinet positions this afternoon.

Reid said Monday he hoped to swiftly move Hillary Rodham Clinton's nomination as secretary of state. But an objection by a Republican senator may push a vote to Wednesday.

Reid similarly said Monday he believed Rep. Hilda Solis's nomination for labor secretary would be approved, despite protests from some Republicans.

Some Republicans had complained last week that Solis was not adequately forthcoming about her views on the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act. The bill is a priority of labor, including unions on The Strip, and would make it easier to organize.

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