Solis Confirmation Vote Postponed

Posted February 5, 2009 at 1:04pm

Updated: 3:10 p.m. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unexpectedly postponed voting on the nomination of Labor secretary appointee Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.). The announcement came Thursday afternoon, just minutes before the panel was set to meet. “Today’s executive session was postponed to allow members additional time to review the documentation submitted in support of Representative Solis’ nomination,” HELP Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and ranking member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said in a joint statement. “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,” the statement said. Solis sat before the committee for a confirmation hearing on Jan. 8, but Republican concerns over her support of legislation that would loosen labor organizing rules has stalled the nomination from moving forward. While the HELP Committee provided few details, the delay appears to be related to revelations, reported Wednesday in USA Today, that Solis’ husband paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said Solis’ tax returns had been reviewed and were found to be in order. Gibbs said the White House believes that Solis should not be “penalized” for her husband’s mistakes.