After weeks of delay, Rep. Hilda Solis is one step closer to being confirmed as labor secretary.
Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee met quickly between floor votes Wednesday afternoon to vote to approve Solis’ nomination.
In a statement after the vote, Chairman Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said,
â€œHilda Solis comes from a working family herself so she understands how the troubled economy is hurting average Americans.Â American workers deserve to have her voice and her leadership as their Secretary of Labor, and Iâ€™m pleased that our committee approved her.â€
Republicans were concerned about Solis’ public advocacy of the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as card-check legislation, a bill labor unions are pushing as a way for employees to more easily unionize. The bill is unpopular with Republicans and critics who say the bill takes away the secret ballot for unions.