Monday, February 02, 2009
The Senate Should Confirm Hilda Solis Right Now
It is simply unconscionable that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is delaying confirmation of Congresswoman Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor. At a time when the nation needs her expertise most, some committee members are fretting over her stance on union participation. This is an outrage. Ms. Solis is one of the most respected members of Congress and her public service record does not deserve this slight. Approve her now. President Obama's Secretary of Labor-designate should be approved right away so that she can begin taking care of the people's business.
Hilda Solis is a leader on environmental justice issues and in promoting green jobs. She is highly regarded by the environmental community and the environmental justice community. It boggles the mind to think that while our country is considering a $1 trillion stimulus package to jump start the economy by creating more jobs, this committee is blocking the one person who should be on the job right now assuring the success of the federal response to our current economic crisis. Again, pass Congresswoman Solis' nomination now or face an extremely negative response from the voters and other stakeholders.