Senate Confirms Solis for Labor

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2009 4:45 PM CST
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., right, walks past Secretary of Labor-designate Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., left, at a hearing last month.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – The Senate today confirmed California congresswoman Hilda Solis as labor secretary. Solis' confirmation gives the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after eight years of business-friendly leadership under the Bush administration. The 80-17 vote comes after more than a month of delays. GOP lawmakers were concerned over her work for a pro-union group that supports legislation easing the process for workers to organize unions. She also had to answer questions about tax liens filed against her husband.