Solis Confirmation Vote Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Posted February 24, 2009 at 9:40am

The Senate will vote to confirm Labor Secretary nominee Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) Tuesday afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a floor statement. Reid has collected the 60 votes he needed to overcome Republican objections to Solis’ nomination. The Majority Leader, in garnering those votes, opted to drop plans for a procedural test vote and move ahead with a final confirmation vote later in the day. While Republicans have raised concerns over Solis’ nomination, the California Democrat is expected to clear the full Senate today. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of her nomination on Feb. 11 on a voice vote, with two Senators opposing: Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).