February 5th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
6 years ago

Sources: Committee informed two days ago about Solis tax issues

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two sources familiar with Hilda Solis’ confirmation process tells CNN the reason the committee vote on her nomination to be Labor Secretary was postponed today is because Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee did not know about her husband’s tax issues until two days ago, when they were approached by USA Today.

"We reviewed her tax returns, and her tax returns are in order," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday. "The story denotes that her husband had some issues with paying a business tax and, obviously, that taxes should be paid.

"[Solis] is not a partner in that business, so we're not going to penalize her for her husband's business mistakes. Obviously, her husband, I think, has and should pay any taxes that he owes."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. CWD

    These tax return issues are getting old. I say let's audit everyone in congress and see how well they do on their tax returns. I'll be a large majority of them have similar issues. Then we will see how interest they are in going after anyone elses tax mistakes when theirs are brought front and center.

    February 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Mike in Houston

    Another Obama nomination with a tax issue.

    Obama's trying to whittle down the nominees until there's no one left but Rezko.

    February 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. David

    What the heck is going on with these tax issues? I guess we see the GOP having trouble in the past with moral misconduct while the Dems won't pay taxes. The two party system is a scam anyway. Too many criminals running the show.

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Angie in Pa

    Why dont someone look into Republicans in Washington Taxes hmmmmmmmmmmm That would be Interesting

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Carol

    So if these aren't "her" tax problems, why state so in the heading? And can't we find anybody who they themselves or spouses haven't tried to dodge paying their taxes?

    Jesus, from Joe the Plumber, to McCains house, to two of Obama's picks to the husband of Solis, Leona Helmsley was right. Only little people pay taxes.

    Signed: little person of the U.S.

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Cindy from NC

    Is it me or is only a select few of politicians paying their taxes. How is it I don't pay my taxes or owe $20k, The feds want to take my house, my job or my 1st born BUT THESE WACK jobs aren't paying a dime and make hundres of thousands of dollars and they have these great excuses.
    The dog did it, my parnter did it, my accountant did it. GIVE ME A BREAk

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    At this rate, the chief qualification for being a cabinet member is going to be having a clean tax record. In the future, all presidential cabinets will be composed of people who had never before held a job.

    February 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    we need to make the tax code easier. imagine if every citizen of the USA got their taxes reviewed how many mistakes would be found? countless.

    February 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. obama-mama

    I bet that all the folks doing these confirmation probably haven't paid their taxes......

    February 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Looking for Truth

    Down heah in Missipi we know what to do with cheaters, so all you Dems...COME ON DOWN...We might have a pork Barbeque
    WHAT SAY...

    February 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. CAL

    All you judgemental people on this blog this is her husband not her. she has no control over her husband's business or his tax issues, idiots. However I think all of congress should be audited all of those holier than thou senators talking so negative about Obamas pick, I bet most of them have skeltons in their closets worst than the ones that have come to light. So congress you need to shut the hell up and stop acting like you are perfect, I know you aren't.

    February 5, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I guess it's only us peons who really have to pay taxes...

    February 5, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    You cannot punish this fine woman for the sins of her husband. Confirm her. She is not a tax cheat. And for those pointing a finger at Obama, the president doesn't do the vetting. The staffs in the transition team take care of that. Besides, these people were nominated long ago so there is no vetting process going on right now, except, perhaps for the DHS position.

    February 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Wow the lack of simple reading comprehension on this forum is disturbing.

    It is her husband, through his business, that had the tax problems, not the nominee. The nominee was not part of the Husband's business.

    "We reviewed her tax returns, and her tax returns are in order,"

    Husband, wife, there is a difference.

    February 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Indigo

    This is just a way for the GOP to try to take down this president, but believe you me, it will not work. This person's husband is not nominated for anything. Republicans need to try again. They targeted this women because of her favouring unions. It's not going to work

    February 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. proud american

    If a spouse has to be held responsible for what their spouse does, then our new Secretary of State is due for an impeachment.

    February 5, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Ray Ray

    Apparently Democrats think they're ABOVE the tax code (they created).

    What was that you said, Joe Biden, about paying taxes and being Patriotic??

    February 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. stag

    More of the BHO change we should believe. Impeach this guy before it is too late.

    February 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Jack Bauer

    Do you people read past the headline? She's current on her taxes. Her husband's business, however, is not. She is not a partner in her husband's business.

    February 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. AJ from Austin TX

    This is change??!

    February 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. JerryAW

    I really wish people would learn to read. According to the report, the person with the possible tax issue is Mrs Solis's husband, not the nominee herself. Unless they file jointly, this is not and should not be her issue. Next we'll be hearing about a nominee being questioned because of something their 3rd cousin, twice removed did. People, we really do need to get a grip here.

    I am also becoming quite suspicious of many of these charges and accusations. The Republicans have a strong stake in the failure of the Obama administration (can you say "the next elections?"), even if it means the whole country goes down. Between these nominee issues (granted, many of them have been legitimate, if exaggerated) and the attempted sabotage of the stimulus package, a pattern is beginning to emerge.

    February 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Flat-earther, Georgia

    If everyone in government would pay their taxes, we would not have a deficit. What is it with these people, the average working person would be in jail.

    February 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Did anyone care to read the story or does everyone here jump on to rant and blame? If so, they would see that it was her husband having issues and that she was not a partner in the business. So, where's the story here folks? The next story is that her neighbor's husband's son-in-law from his first marriage forgot to pay sales tax on a hamburger he bought in Pennslyvania 10 years ago. Don't pin this on someone that has nothing to do with her husband's business affairs. If you do continue on this, it just makes your ugly partisan side show.

    February 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Terry

    I am a big Obama supporter. I also believe that public servants should pay their taxes and obey the law. If Hilda Solis's husband has not paid his business taxes, he should be compelled to pay taxes, fines, and penalties. Hilda Solis is not culpable for her husband's actions. If he got a speeding ticket she would not be served with a warrant for not paying the fine. If he shoplifted, she would not be arrested.

    What these income tax scandals prove is that most higher income folks do not feel compelled to pay all they should, and IRS doesn't enforce or audit. I say, audit all elected and appointed officials in Washington and let's do a little house-cleaning.

    February 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Amber

    How come when a Republican nominee comes along, they can get appointed even if they've had major ethics violations in their past, but when a Democrat nominee comes along, their tax returns and the tax returns of everyone around them are under the microscope.

    You have to be Elliot frackin' Ness to get nominated if you have a D after your name!

    Meanwhile, Republicans can tap their shoe at the airport for sex, send explicit homosexual messages to child interns, sign their corporate buddies up for no-bid contracts in wartime, and disclose the names of CIA agents in wartime.

    Lovely double standard, there.

    February 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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