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Hilda Solis confirmed as Sec of Labor, Finally!

February 24th, 2009 · 12 Comments

The 51 year old Congresswoman from California, Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) was confirmed by the Senate today with a 80 to 17 vote. Republicans in the Senate were stalling on her nomination over fears that Solis is going to make it easier to join unions. “Lions, and tigers, and workers, oh my!”

I have written posts on this humble public servant many times before. You can read more about Hilda Solis here, here, and here. After a relatively smooth confirmation hearing, Solis got hung up on some minor tax issues involving her husband’s small business. She crossed the final hurdle today and will be sworn in by Vice President Biden.

Congresswoman Vazquez, current chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, offered this statement today in a press release about the Solis confirmation:

“As a Member of Congress, Hilda Solis has been an advocate in labor and environmental issues, and a trailblazer in healthcare and women’s issues.  Her confirmation as our nation’s 25th Secretary of Labor is a moment of pride for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Latinos across the country,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the CHC.  “The influence of the Latino community continues to grow, and today, Hilda Solis helps pave the way for generations of Latinos to come.”

Congrats Secretary of Labor Solis! You persevered and endured. We look forward to your service and continued commitment to your community and all working Americans.

Tags: Congressional Hispanic Caucus · GOP · Labor Relations · Rep. Hilda Solis · Rep. Nydia Velazquez · Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis · Vice President Biden

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bill Hails // Feb 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I agree that she is a source of pride for Latinos but she will be a source of pride for all Americans. At least those making less than $250,000.
    Obama tried to pick the best people for the job in every category and he did a remarkable job. Steven Chu as Energy Secretary, Arne Duncan in Education and Hillary Clinton at State are all unbelievable picks. Imagine a scientist heading the energy department.
    As amazing as those cabinet picks are though, Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary tops them all. We have friends in this administration!!! Imagine Cesar Chavez smiling down on this one.
    It’s about time she is confirmed. We need her in these recovery meetings as Labor will play a very big part.
    CONGRATULATIONS SECRETARY SOLIS !!!
    CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA !!!

  • 2 Michaelr // Feb 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    This is great news. Not only has a bone fide public servant been finally approved to manage and administrate over a federal agency badly in need of reorganization and direction, but Hilda Solis’ character driven persona provides just the right medicine to cure and raise this vital industry up from the dead. The worker’s movement finally has an ally in office to protect the rights of the blue-collar man and his dependents. Congratulations Hilda Solis for persevering the enemies of the working man, and congratulations to the Barack Obama for recognizing the right person for the right job.

  • 3 theKaiser // Feb 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Congratulations Comrade Solis…thank you for your perseverance in the face of the enemies of the working man, and your strength of character. Since Reagan, this particular governmental agency has ceased to function as it was originally designed to do. I am so excited that you are there to reorganize and provide a more precise direction. In this time of such dire economic news for the middle class and its continued exploitation by the Fortune 500, our hopes have been rejuvenated that the prospects of living wages and benefits are just around the corner. Instead of outsourcing our manufacturing and development to the Third World, we can now put people to work for living wages and finally battle blow for blow with the EU. Now we have a White House Administration of the people, for the people. Now the trick is to get a Congress that is for the people.

  • 4 Bearguez // Feb 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    This is wonderful news. After twelve years of shameless corruption, eight years of repair of some of that corruption, and then another eight years of inept and mindless alternative corruption, it looks like we have a White House Administration teaming up to tackle all the problems. Hilda Solis’ appointment as Secretary of Labor is truly an indication that the Obama Administration is now stockpiling the best and the brightest to accomplish this. Congratulations Hilda.

  • 5 DelToro // Feb 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I think the only people who have benefited here are illegal aliens and union boses. But you all seem happy.

  • 6 Reyfeo // Feb 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Solis suppports the very Unions that got Detroit and California into the trouble they’re in right now. Not sure how she’s a solution the the economic problem we’re facing…Not the best choice for this gig.

  • 7 Anna // Feb 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The unions haven’t gotten anybody into trouble. lol

    Turn off talk radio Reyfeo and take an economics class. Take a history class too.

    Solis is an excellent choice for this job. American workers finally have an advocate.

  • 8 Tony // Feb 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This is good news. Now, the hard working blue collars and the minorities have a strong voice speaking for their cause in the House.

  • 9 Reyfeo // Feb 28, 2009 at 7:24 am

    What cause Tony? Stronger unions?

    And Anna, start watching something other than CNN. Teachers unions in California have crippled the education system. They all want doctors pay but don’t want to work the hours. If I recall correctly, they have tenure at 3 or 5 years? Please Anna, no self respecting college/university system tenures educators at 3 or 5 years!

    I understand the pride in having a Solis (surname) in office. I take nothing away from her accomplishments, but she isn’t the right person for this job. Her pro-immigration stance is going to further sink the labor sector. Someone name me a recent legislation that helped California and or the US create new opportunities for American Latinos, not illiegal immigrants?

    Again, I think a lot of you are ecstatic more about the surname and less about the person who is really out of her league for being Laor Secretary.

  • 10 Anna // Mar 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Re: “Teachers unions in California have crippled the education system. ”

    That’s FALSE. Prop 13 began the decline in education spending and it accelerated after the Cold War ended and military spending to California decreased. Plus we have had Republican Governors over the last 20 years who make cutting education spending their #1 priority. Arnold just slashed it by 9 billion dollars. In the negotiations over the stimulus package, Republicans demanded that 200 million be cut from education.

    Republicans think that only the elite should get an education and that everybody else should be working for low wages. Get a clue. Demonizing the teacher’s union is just propaganda. Unions are not bad. They are the reason we even have (or had) a middle class standard of living. If you support the Republicans, you are seriously misguided and uninformed.

    Furthermore, Solis doesn’t favor illegal immigration. Anybody who thinks that illegal immigrants should not be abused or exploited is always accused of being pro-illegal immigration.

  • 11 EYES OF TEXAS // Mar 2, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Good thing those back unpaid taxes didn’t get in the way of her being appointed to Obamas cabinet. Oh wait, I forgot that is a requirement for being appointed to Obamas cabinet. Fine bunch Obama has surrounded himself with, liars, crooks and thieves.

  • 12 Anna // Mar 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Solis has never had any tax problems, so get your facts straight.

    As for thieves, the biggest government thieves in US History were voted out last November and the rest of us are left to clean up their mess.

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