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Solis Confirmed as Labor Secretary

Newly-minted Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Updated 5:50 p.m.
By Michael A. Fletcher
The Senate this afternoon confirmed Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as labor secretary, more than two months after she was nominated for the post by President Obama.

The Senate voted 80 to 17 to confirm Solis, after Senate Republicans today assured Democrats that they would not filibuster the nomination. Solis had come under fire from Senate Republicans, who thought she was unresponsive to many of their questions during her confirmation hearing, a situation that was compounded by her work as treasurer for American Rights at Work, a pro-labor group.

There were also concerns among some Republicans about her support for a measure that would make it easier for workers to organize unions.

Consideration of Solis's nomination was further delayed when it was revealed that her husband had recently paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his California auto repair business.

While Solis's nomination generated skepticism among many Republicans and their backers in the business community, the new labor secretary enjoys solid support among members of organized labor. The daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Nicaragua, both of Solis's parents were union members. Also, as a member of Congress, Solis has shared union skepticism toward free trade agreements, and been a strong proponent of developing jobs in renewal energy and other "green collar" areas.

"America's working men and women will be fortunate to have someone of Hilda's tremendous talents leading the Department of Labor. She knows the huge challenges facing workers and their families, and she has the experience and dedication needed for this vital position," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. " It's been a privilege to work with her in Congress, and I look forward very much to working with her as secretary."

Labor leaders applauded Solis's confirmation.

"The confirmation of Rep. Hilda Solis is a huge victory. Finally, Americans will have a Secretary of Labor who represents working people, not wealthy CEOs," said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

"This is a proud moment," added Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union. "That a child of immigrants who went to a public university could now be a member of the president's Cabinet speaks incredibly highly of our country."

Posted at 5:27 PM ET on Feb 24, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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Workin for a union tends to SUCK!!!No chance for promos with their loopholes for loyal snitches! Dropping grievances at the highest level by trading them off to get their loyal, snitching convention goers off the hook! Super bloated payrolls for the personnel in the district office! Give ups by the dozen! Ridiculous classification rates! Start a national health care program and you will rid yourself of union politics...

Posted by: gm467 | February 25, 2009 6:15 PM

Arizona is a right to work state.
Has been since its creation.
We have more trouble down here in "pattern of behaviors" in the workplace than anywhere else in the country.

I have worked on this right to work legislation----to change it for 20 years. We are finally making some progress but it is hard. Specially with a Governor leaving us, like Napilotano. Arizona has to back track so much. We have had crooked governors resign left & right, or govs that leave to Wash DC. We get a foot-hold on changing the Arizona workforce, and something political always happens.

I'm tellin' ya folks. You do NOT want to work in a "place" or a state that has the "pattern of behavior" of a right to work state like AZ. You have no "out", no one to go to for help on unfair practices, no avenue to take when you are treated unfairly (sexual, everyday rudeness, blatant screaming at you). This idea that your JOB is your LIFE, is bull. You go to work, you go home folks. Don't let these jobs KILL YOU in your personal lives. And Arizona is on top of the list with "patterns of workplace behavior" that would shock you. They way they treat us down here in this right to work state --i wouldn't wish on my dog.
I cannot stress this truth enough.
There is no grievance procedure in Arizona. There is no help for the common working man. And the ones in power, make darn sure you know it.

Don't brush off unions so fast. Come see me down here in bum frick egypt and I will bring forth all the court cases I have on file!!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 3:08 PM

RightWinger9 wrote: Go card check!"
Don't you mean "Go end to secret ballot elections, which are only good enough for all federal, state, county and local elections, but not the workplace!"?

In the America I live in you go to your Wal-Mart manager, ask for a secret ballot and find yourself on the unemployment line fighting against a bad firing for benefits. The private sector does not behave like the public on secret ballots, a point not taken. Not signing the card and seeing frowns from union organizers is just too much pressure for anti-unionists.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 25, 2009 2:55 PM

I agree. E-Verify is working.
And therefore, everyone hates it, no?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 2:53 PM

of course they were all repulsives that voted NAY.
just like the House vote on HR1, whereby Cantor sits back and calls it a victory.

Now tell me again, a Victory for WHAT? How can repulsives sit back or sit in your living room and say this is a good thing. To entirely vote no on bills hitting the floor and then BRAG about it.
The logic of republicans is getting "way off base". Are they so mad that their precious little keyword "conservatism" no longer exists in a country of diversity in culture and massive population explosions. Conservatism doesn't work in our massively populated, poor, cultural USA anymore.
Are you going to tell me, a WASP-- how to live my life as opposed to a brother or sister? Are you going to tell my friend, a Hispanic, how to live their live opposite of my WASPish culture?
Come on now Republicans. Get a grip on logic. Because your greed and ignorance is showing BIG TIME !!

Repulsives are so greedy and want to tell you "exactly how to live your life", that anything that comes close to "invading that ideology" is WRONG! Everything is WRONG in the repulsive world--or they will darn well find what is WRONG and shove it down our throats.

Now, go play Steven Tyler "Back in the Saddle" and keep dreaming you are getting anywhere in Congress. Or in the hearts & minds of the American people.

Gag Me Republicans. Wise Up !!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 25, 2009 2:40 PM

Motto of the loony-left liberal d-crats: "You pay taxes so we don't have to."

It's bad enough that the d-crats waste trillions of taxpayer money on a harmful pork-filled social-welfare "stimulus", endless bailouts and other garbage. It adds insult to injury to have them hand over responsible finance positions to TAX CRIMINALS.

Hilda Solis - hussein's candidate to be labor secretary -her TAX CHEAT husband didn't pay about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business -- liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years - until the day before her confirmation hearing!

D-crats love to tax you to death, then tax your death, all while wasting your tax dollars on pork and social-welfare cr*p. But, they hate to pay taxes, and they'll cheat the government out of every penny they can.

The pelos-hussein regime has become the most TAX CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN HISTORY.


Posted by: LoonyLeft | February 25, 2009 12:49 PM

Bond (R-MO), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Nay

Some real high-powered intellects in that group.

Even McCain, McConnell, Brownback (?!), and a few other "conservatives said "Yea"

Who are you cretins posting here that spread your slime all over these posts?
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Nay

Posted by: phoenixresearch | February 24, 2009 8:51 PM

How apropos that this story appeared underneath another one entitled "cheat sheet".

Posted by: krankyman | February 24, 2009 8:32 PM

Solis has done some very good things recently to stem the flood of H-1B visa holders.

This is the real reason the Republicans oppose her.

And to see the real Republican attitude on foreign labor, look at what the Republicans actually do, and not what the Republicans tell the rubes to rile them up.

And here is what the Republicans do: the Reagan Amnesty Program, the Bush Amnesty Program and the massive increases in H-1B visas every year the Republicans controlled Congress.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | February 24, 2009 8:18 PM

For dotellen, who wanted a link to the vote in the Senate:

The 17 NAY votes were, indeed, all Republicans. 2 did not vote, both Democrats.

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold | February 24, 2009 8:09 PM

AWESOME! The GOP and WalMart ain't gonna like this! Bwaahahaha!

Workers' rights and a strong middle class... it's just not the Republican way!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 24, 2009 7:59 PM

OK, so where is the link to the vote? My guess is that the 17 senators who voted against her were all Republicans.

Posted by: dotellen | February 24, 2009 7:12 PM

Secretary Solis will represent worker and not corporation as the Korean woman who we neve heard from did.

Posted by: truth1 | February 24, 2009 7:02 PM

Yeah, after eight years of the RICH man sticking it to the WORKING man, after all the years of ELIMINATING laws and rules that help keep the workplace safe, and after the FAT CAT THIEVES on Wall Street have their RECKLESS BETS paid off by the taxpayers AND get their BILLIONS OF BONUSES,
THE LAST THING WE NEED IS A "UNION STOOGE", who might, JUST MIGHT throw a sop to the working class.
Talk on FOX of a "civil war"?

Posted by: TOMHERE | February 24, 2009 6:41 PM

You folks know that the secretary of labor has NOTHING to do with card check right? If Congress passes the bill, the NLRB would run that, not the Dept of Labor. Stay informed folks.

Posted by: dcstranger | February 24, 2009 6:20 PM

Great, just at a time we need to start cutting back unions we get a union stooge in place. I hope all government construction projects are open bidding to non-union and union contractors. Let the low qualified bidder win and not just hand these projects to union shops to support their bloated overheards.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 24, 2009 6:20 PM

The only way the American taxpayer will see a turnaround in some of the economy is to halt immigration violations. It has become a combat zone in the workplace. This simply means we need State governors, mayors, judges and anti-illegal immigrant, pro-sovereignty politicians. Starting with Walter Moore, as a new Mayor elect of Los Angeles, who would rescind the 'Sanctuary city' policy in the county.

Only THE PEOPLE, have the power to recall or reject incumbents like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker Pelosi (D-CAL) Senator Gutierrez who undermined e-verify in the Stimulus package.

A powerful tool to halt foreign nationals taking jobs of American workers. 40 million illegal aliens have occupied our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. Not 13 million pushed by the liberal media Different administrations have allowed this, in favor of the business community and it's likely to get worse as foreign country economies suffer. The stimulus bill promotes upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Whistle-blowers should report contractors to ICE, who violate immigration laws.

Do not stop calling the Washington switchboard demanding reinstating (202) 224-3121 This is also your contact with President Obama to stop hundreds of billions of dollars that support illegal immigration.


Posted by: infinity555 | February 24, 2009 6:06 PM

I haven't seen an Obama appointment yet who wasn't more competent and more independent than the corresponding Bush appointee for the same position.

Mr. Flight Suit stocked the D.C. pond with "loyal Bushies" and in eight years brought us to our fiscal knees. Bush and his GOP vermin made decisions (or failed to act) and it's cost millions their jobs, destroyed pensions, got us into two unwinnable wars, and compromised the integrity of the justice department . . . and that's just a short list.

So when I, and others, read the hand-wringing screeds and listen to the inane sophistry that passes for today's GOP thought and debate, how can we take the critics of ANY of Obama's appointments seriously?

Posted by: reporter1 | February 24, 2009 6:05 PM

Rosemary Jenks, the lawyer who heads up NumbersUSA's Capitol Hill Team, has repeatedly and publicly issued a challenge to the media and open-borders advocates to produce even one example of an American losing a job because the E-Verify system wrongly ordered it.

If it turned out that of millions of transactions a year, there were 10 or 20 mistakes, we would be concerned but also find that to be an understandably tiny problem.

But, to date, opponents have NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND an example of even ONE AMERICAN who lost a job due to problems with E-Verify.

A government investigation of E-Verify in 2007 found:

93% of employees queried through the system were verified within 5 seconds!

another 1.2% were verified within 24 hours with no additional action required of either the employee or the employer

Most of the 5.8% who received a tentative non-confirmation requiring more time turned out to be illegal aliens

only 0.5% were U.S. citizens or authorized foreign workers who had to contact the Social Security Administration because of errors in the database

And let's be clear about that 0.5%. Many of the errors were ones that the workers themselves had made, such as a woman not notifying SSA of a change in last name after a marriage. And even if the error was the government's fault, going through E-Verify was a positive experience for most because they needed to know the error existed so they could clean it up before it caused problems down the line.

The 2007 study found that the accuracy rate of E-Verify was 99.5%.

Can any government program anywhere claim such a record?

And what the critics miss is that the system is set up so that when there is an error, nobody loses a job or is temporarily suspended from a job. The rules require that an employee who gets a tentative non-confirmation will continue to be employed until clearing up the discrepancy. (The illegal aliens, however, typically just don't show up for work after getting the first non-confirmation.)

An independent study between April and June of 2008 by Westat found:

96% of employees were verified instantly

0.4% had to contact the government to resolve record errors

3.5% received final non-confirmations, meaning they were illegal aliens not having the legal right to work

Nearly every reporter in the mainstream media allows open-borders leaders to be quoted saying the E-Verify databases are full of errors that lead to all kinds of mishandling of employees, but the reporters don't allow the statistics above to show up in their stories.

The claims about errors are lies, pure and simple.

Posted by: HernandezUSA | February 24, 2009 5:59 PM

Hilda Solis - hussein's candidate to be labor secretary - her TAX CHEAT husband didn't pay about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business -- liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years - until the day before her confirmation hearing!

D-crats love to tax you to death, then tax your death, all while wasting your tax dollars on cr*p. But, they hate to pay taxes, and they'll cheat the government out of every penny they can.

In JUST TWO WEEKS, the pelos-hussein regime became the most TAX CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN HISTORY.


Posted by: LoonyLeft | February 24, 2009 5:56 PM

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez is the unmarried/pregnant one; Linda's sister is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Solis is from L.A. County and not related to the Sanchez sisters. I understand from my sources that Linda Sanchez indeed almost was the nominee for Labor over Solis. Now THAT would have been a complete disaster. Solis is one of the weakest, if not the weakest, of Obama's nominations. Republicans probably figure, it's better to have her in the administration in order to have something to run against in 2 and 4 years. It could have been worse for Republicans-- there are many, more competent people who could have filled this spot. But she may not be capable of executing many of the initiatives that the AFL-CIO want to see accomplished.

Posted by: djett1 | February 24, 2009 5:51 PM

comment to curmudgeon10---it was sarah palins daughter who was pregnant and unwed

Posted by: bbbsrus | February 24, 2009 5:03 PM

Unlike many of Obama's appointments, who appear to be bright and capable (still thinking about that Geithner guy, however), this woman is a complete idiot.

And is it her sister that is the pregnant, unmarried Congresswoman?

And which one of these two broads let her home go into default? I can't keep track of all the problems.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | February 24, 2009 4:56 PM

Just great! Another loser that does not pay her taxes. Just what we need. Another crook. She will ruin us. No more secret ballot with this woman. So sad for America.

Posted by: sprayadhesive | February 24, 2009 4:54 PM

I guess we have only two choices in this country, a Labor Secretary chosen by the GOP who thinks working people need a lunch box and a timecard and that's it-- or a pick like this one who has no intention of protecting American workers.
President Obama has made some interesting choices even with his nominees that didn't work out, but I cannot get behind this one!
She makes no distinction between American workers and those in the country illegally. This is political payoff to the hospitality unions who are pounding away for the amnesty which will bring millions of new dues paying members in, all the while hosing every American worker trying to get by.
The GOP allowed the illegals in at the behest of corporate america to exploit away. Now we are going to legitimize them to beef up the union membership. Either way American workers get scr#$%d.

Posted by: menopausequeen | February 24, 2009 4:29 PM

This should be a day of mourning. Solis and her friends will destroy the nation.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 24, 2009 4:27 PM

You folks yelling " CARD CHECK" I was on your side until they cleared the way for Illegal Aliens to work when they KILLED E-VERIFY ! I'm all for card check , but the Unions don't care about Americans anymore . they're recruting and supporting and protecting ILLEGAL ALIENS ! Go look at the AFL/CIO's web site , if that doesn't grab you try the S.I.E.U., that'll knock you out !!!First E=VERIFY then Card Check !! And wasn't this new Labor Sec. quoted as saying " No one is Illegal " ???

Posted by: catinhat83510496 | February 24, 2009 4:26 PM

Solis wasn't stalling during her confirmation hearing. She's just a moron who hasn't thought through her positions on the issues she was asked about, so she was afraid of saying anything. Believe me, this will become clear during her tenure as SecLab.

Posted by: DCAtty | February 24, 2009 4:09 PM

"Go card check!"

Don't you mean "Go end to secret ballot elections, which are only good enough for all federal, state, county and local elections, but not the workplace!"?

Posted by: RightWinger9 | February 24, 2009 4:07 PM

" Interesting the everything in this Obama administration is "transparent" except when he has to hide something. What is it that we aren't supposed to know about this woman?

Posted by: sandynh | February 24, 2009 12:23 PM


That's it, smear away with allusions to some "misdeeds" just to attack mindlessly someone who is actually DOING SOMETHING to heal the rifts caused by you and your ilk.

Have you no decency or sense of honor? Is this Goebbels-like propaganda smear something that makes you proud of yourself?

Deceitful POS.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | February 24, 2009 1:18 PM

Its about time! The GOP obstruction has to end.

Posted by: profyle424 | February 24, 2009 12:33 PM

Interesting the everything in this Obama administration is "transparent" except when he has to hide something. What is it that we aren't supposed to know about this woman?

Posted by: sandynh | February 24, 2009 12:23 PM

I guess this means that she has correctly filed and paid her taxes?

Posted by: ahashburn | February 24, 2009 12:15 PM

About time. Republicans thought that they could force Ms. Solis to withdraw her nomination by stalling. I am glad she hung in there. Labor and Union rights have been decimated by the onslaught unleashed since the Reagan regime. Go card check!

Posted by: Henry_of_BrowardCounty | February 24, 2009 12:13 PM

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