President Barack Obamaís second-term Cabinet continues to take shape, with Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis resigning and three others deciding to stick around ó Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Solisí exit came the same day as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took pains to defend the administrationís record on promoting women to top jobs and comes after other high-profile women have decided to move on, including the EPAís Lisa P. Jackson and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerryhas been nominated to replace Clinton.
The openings at the Labor department and the EPA are likely to prove contentious on Capitol Hill, as union rights and environmental regulations are among the fiercest fights around.
The trio sticking around was confirmed by a senior administration official, but the status of other Cabinet members is still uncertain. The process has started to accelerate after the presidentís Hawaii vacation, with the fiscal cliff resolved for now and the presidentís inauguration looming in less than two weeks.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.