FILE – In this March 14, 2017, file photo Dilawar Syed, president of the software company Freshdesk, speaks during a Tech Stands Up rally outside City Hall in Palo Alto, Calif. If Syed is confirmed as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, he will be the highest-ranking Muslim in U.S. government. But his nomination is in peril as Senate Republicans block a committee vote, citing the agency’s payouts to abortion providers — the latest in a series of objections to the Pakistani-born businessman’s confirmation .(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)