WASHINGTON — An expected confirmation vote today for Labor Secretary-designate Alexis Herman has been delayed because of objections by Senate Republicans to an administration proposal that would reform, under executive order, federal procurement and contracting procedures.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R., Miss.) said the proposals appeared to “circumvent the legislative process.
“We see that as a very serious infringement upon our Constitutional prerogative.” He noted he had intended to bring Herman’s nomination up today but that now he could not get “clearance from 99 senators….That’s not happening.”
Herman’s nomination has been plagued with problems since President Clinton named her to succeed Robert Reich soon after the start of his second term. Initially it ran into concerns over possible fund-raising activities of her office when she was public liaison director at the White House.

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