Saturday, July 20, 2024

Afternoon Confirmation Expected for Solis

The Senate will hold a final confirmation vote today on Labor Secretary Designee Hilda Solis at 4:30 pm EST. This vote comes more than two months after she was nominated by President Obama.

The vote was scheduled by lawmakers after Democrats were assured that Republicans would not filibuster the nomination.

This morning, Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached an agreement that removed the procedural vote that was scheduled for earlier today which would have required 60 votes to advance the confirmation. Now there will just be one vote requiring only simple majority for Solis to become the Labor Secretary.

Solis is expected to be confirmed easily making her the first Latina to hold a Cabinet level position ever.

Delays in her confirmation had to do with her prior work for a pro-labor group that supports legislation to make it easier for workers to organize unions. She also faced questions about tax liens filed against her husband.


Associated Press

Washington Post