Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Herman Confirmed after Gop Withdraws Hold on Nomination

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Herman Confirmed after Gop Withdraws Hold on Nomination

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After four months of political roadblocks and questions about her professional conduct, Alexis Herman won Senate confirmation Wednesday to be labor secretary.

Republicans removed a hold on the nomination after President Bill Clinton agreed to drop plans to issue an executive order telling federal agencies to consider awarding construction contracts to unionized companies.

The GOP and business groups claimed victory in the dispute over use of unionized workers for federal construction projects, but the White House said Clinton would send agencies a memo similar to the proposed executive order. "I didn't have a problem with Alexis Herman being secretary of labor," said Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., who had placed the hold on Herman's nomination. "My purpose was to make sure that the administration does not try to legislate by executive order." Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said, "We've known now for some time that the delay in confirming Ms. …

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