Republicans suspect labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez reached a deal at the Justice Department to keep St. Paul, Minn. from challenging housing-discrimination guidelines at the Supreme Court.
The Senate voted 87-11 to confirm REI CEO Sally Jewell as head of the Department of the Interior, which oversees conservation, recreation, oil-and-gas drilling and federal lands.
Only four Senate Republicans voted in favor of confirming the former GOP maverick.
The Senate voted 71 to 27 to bring the Cabinet pick's confirmation to a final vote, which is likely to happen Tuesday afternoon
The president made the official announcement Thursday afternoon during a press conference at the White House.