Hilda Solis's Nomination Delayed Further

While I'd like to say "GOP DELAYING SOLIS NOMINATION" I'm afraid that's not entirely true.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said Thursday that lawmakers need more time to review documentation submitted in support of Solis.

The statement from Sens. Kennedy and Enzi made it seem benign enough:

"Today's executive session was postponed to allow members additional time to review the documentation submitted in support of Representative Solis' nomination to serve in the important position of Labor Secretary. There are no holds on her nomination and Members on both sides of the aisle remain committed to giving her nomination the fair and thorough consideration that she deserves. We will continue to work together to move this nomination forward as soon as possible."

If only that were true that "both sides of the aisle" intend to "move this nomination forward as soon as possible." The fact is that Republicans are intent on blocking Solis because of her support and advocacy for The Employee Free Choice Act.

Some Republicans have raised questions about her role as treasurer of American Rights at Work, a group pushing for passage of a bill to make it easier for workers to form unions.

And look at what the committee's ranking member has suggested:

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, the committee's top Republican, has suggested that Solis should recuse herself for two years from debate over the legislation because of her position with the group.

Clearly Enzi is operating in bad faith here and I'd truly be surprised if any Republican on this committee votes for her. So be it.

Can we please stop treating Republicans in Congress as though they want to do anything other than obstruct and Mr. President, it's time to get into this fight; it's time to start using some of that political capital you earned before it wastes away.

Update [2009-2-5 17:57:58 by Todd Beeton]:The Washington Post reports that the reason the committee needs "more time" is due to Solis's husband's not having paid tax liens on his business. A smoke screen but it is what it is.

A Senate committee today abruptly canceled a session to consider President Obama's nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis to be labor secretary in the wake of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business -- including liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years.

The report, by USA Today, came just before the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee was slated to meet to consider Solis's nomination, which had been delayed by questions over her role on the board of the pro-labor organization American Rights at Work. A source said that committee members did not learn about the tax issue until today.

Tags: EFCA, hilda solis, secretary of labor (all tags)



Re: Hilda Solis's Nomination Delayed Further

Solis is the best of all Obama's cabinet picks.  Heaven forbid he should stand up for her and demand that the recalcitrant senate move her nomination forward.  obscene plutocrats!

by not a fan 2009-02-05 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Hilda Solis's Nomination Delayed Further

Thank you, PUMA for your insight.  Please crawl back up into allegre's hole.

by lojasmo 2009-02-11 05:34AM | 0 recs
Her husband has tax issues...

and the Republicans are going to make as much hay as possible out of that before her nomination does or does not go forward. They are are in full 2010 mode. Nation be damned.

by Travis Stark 2009-02-05 10:47AM | 0 recs
Gregg was a terrible pick

but if he wanted Gregg, the least he could have done was to insist that the Senate confirm Solis before Gregg was formally nominated.

I suspect Obama is going to leave her hanging out to dry, which should tell us all something about his commitment to the Employee Free Choice Act.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-05 10:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Gregg was a terrible pick


YOU suspect, ergo it will tell us something about HIM?

It tells us more about YOU, in my opinion.

by lojasmo 2009-02-05 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Hilda Solis's Nomination Delayed Further

It's pretty ridiculous if they expect Obama to ever nominate someone who OPPOSES the EFCA. I'm all for bipartisanship and letting them ask for a little time, but they do have to realize THEY LOST THE ELECTION and that that means they really don't get to decide the core issues, just a few of the fringe details. The basic ideology of Cabinet secretaries is NOT a fringe detail.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-02-05 11:47AM | 0 recs
Just how soon can this class of Republicans die?

Is there some way to accelerate the clock?

I am so f*cking sick of their meglomanical hatred of the unions, a group that has already been decimated by years of bashing from the right, and woefully pitiful support from the left.

Yet, the Republicans leap to do their moneyed masters bidding, anyone who associate with the communistic unions must be smashed.

Why, tell me, WHY do poor and working class people vote for these guys?

It's just mind-boggling...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-05 11:47AM | 0 recs
That's the problem, isn't it?

Bt 1933, almost all of the problem Republicans and then blue dog type Democrats were thrown out of power. By then even most of the Republicans left were friendly to Roosevelt's ideas; Chuck McNary, George Norris, . (Obviously there were the opponents; Arthur Vandenberg being the most prominent)

But watching the Senate, I can believe how many Senators there just don't fucking get it...why are these people still winning elections? Mainly Republicans, but people like Ben Nelson, Max Baucus and even Barbara Boxer lately. Maybe it's not bad enough yet...maybe we'll win 10 seats in 2010.

by DTOzone 2009-02-05 12:02PM | 0 recs
Are there ANY democratic ideals

That Ben Nelson supports?

The guy is to the right of 90% of the Republicans I grew up with.

He makes Nelson Rockefeller look like a crazed lefty!

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-05 12:15PM | 0 recs
Nelson's sided with us

on less controversial things.

But that presents the problem...it's in the political system...people like Nelson and Landrieu are not maverick, rather more in tune with their unprogressive constituencies.

A lot of our Senators came into the Senate at a time when wedge issues won elections...s time which I would say probably ended in 2006, maybe even 2008.

Because of the public's insistence in voting on God, Gays and Guns, you now have people in both parties who are pussyfooting around on economic recovery.

You know America, perhaps if you want a higer minimum wage, less corporate greed, and a government who cares about your family, you might have to pull a lever for someone who believes it's ok for a woman to choose to have an abortion, it's ok for gays to live openly, and it's ok to restrict guns in Brooklyn where people don't hunt.

by DTOzone 2009-02-05 12:26PM | 0 recs

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, the committee's top Republican, has suggested that Solis should recuse herself for two years from debate over the legislation because of her position with the group.

Is there ANY level of Hypocrisy these clowns can't attain?

With that criterion, a conflict of interest, I conservatively estimate (wink!) that representative Enzi would have wanted 99.99% of the Bush appointees recused.

Oh, he didn't see any conflict with things like the head of the EPA being a lobbiest of the energy companies?

No, I didn't think so...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-05 11:58AM | 0 recs

I don't even know what it means to recuse herself from the debate.  As far as I know, bills get debated in Congress and then signed by the President.  What is he saying, she shouldn't expect to be able to drop by Congress and give a speech?

by Steve M 2009-02-05 12:07PM | 0 recs
$6400 tax liability of her HUSBAND's BUSINESS!!

Solis has no part in her husband's business.

$6400 is a very small liability, in the scheme of things. (Compare it with the huge payments from the other nominee.)

Another bit of foot dragging on the Repub's part to keep the fair labor changes from coming to pass.

by MS 2009-02-05 01:41PM | 0 recs

This is complete and utter BS.

If the liberals (are there any left there anymore) don't beat the republicans over the head on this, I will be EVEN more disgusted with congress then I am now...

They approved Fricking Tim Geithner? Oh, wait, he's a rich white guy...that makes sense.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-05 01:53PM | 0 recs
Well, if the RIGHT wants to bash the hell of out

of Hilda...

Then I sure has hell want to see the Lefties take a bite out of Gregg Judds chunky white backside.

What a crock...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-05 01:41PM | 0 recs
OT Question

Is Hilda Solis related to Patti Solis-Doyle?

by Will Graham 2009-02-05 01:45PM | 0 recs
Re: OT Question


by lojasmo 2009-02-05 02:15PM | 0 recs
Re: You forgot this

Taxes. Do any of Obama's nominees [ay their taxes? I feel like an idiot for always paying mine.

by antiHyde 2009-02-05 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: You forgot this

Only 95% of nominees, and 99+% of current administration employees.

Go back to allegre's hole, please.

by lojasmo 2009-02-05 02:11PM | 0 recs


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