Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) is one step closer to joining President Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of Labor. After being stalled for weeks, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Senate committee voted to send Solis’s nomination to the full Senate yesterday.
According to the Washington Post, the senate committee ended the delay caused when Committee Republicans objected to Solis’s answers (or lack thereof) during her confirmation hearing when asked about her role in the pro-labor group American Rights at Work and whether she’d be pro-union biased if confirmed for the position. Then came news that her husband, Sam Sayad, had to pay $6,468 in back taxes for his auto repair business. Officials have said Solis had nothing to do with her husband’s tax woes.
Senators could vote on Solis’s nomination as soon as this week. And with the unemployment rate reaching 7.6 percent last month, the sooner we get someone to lead the Department of Labor the better.