February 5th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
2 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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  1. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Women in America are emancipated.

    We make our own business decisions, and that includes in relation to our spouses.

    If this woman did nothing wrong and her husband did, it is his sin, not hers.

    She probably didn't even know about it.

    Some of you kids need some REAL LIFE lessons.

    February 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. James II

    By the way I blame Gibbs.

    He said that Mr. Obama is very comfortable with the vetting process.

    February 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Renee

    Again? You can't make this stuff up! Incredible. What a joke this administration has turned out to be!

    February 5, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Reese from NC

    Why is she being held responsible for errors in her husband's business tax returns. Hers were in perfect order. There is no issue here. The husband is not being offered the job, Solis is. STOP obsessing over everything.

    February 5, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    my taxes are so high now, i decided to register dumbocrat so i don't have to pay them until i'm vetted.

    February 5, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Amazed

    These dimwitted Republican comments are amazing.

    "[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."

    there you go. Democrats believe that taxes should be paid. The other people in question paid theirs, too, with all penalties and interest. As to how they could have screwed them up in the first place, none of us, including you Repugs, knows. Of course, there were clearly more tax bums in the Bush Administration but you conveniently forget that. They are probably still in arrears. Be that as it may, most people have erred on their taxes at some point. I know I have, but it has always been that I didn't take a deduction I should have so the joke's on me. For the scumbutts who are impugning the lady's ethics and even hinting that she is an illegal immigrant, shame on you! Just shows that those who are brainless always resort to that sort of tactic.

    February 5, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. This is CHANGE

    Can this presidency get a 'do over'??? From cabinet members on down, it keeps getting worse and worse!! ...and this is CHANGE?

    February 5, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Page Turner

    Job creation and defcit reduction plan: Mandatory IRS audits for all Americans!

    If you are clean, you will have nothing to worry about...

    February 5, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Hey Amazed,

    "Just shows that those who are brainless always resort to that sort of tactic."

    Ummmm . . . never mind . . .

    February 5, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. dittohead with forty names

    Who controls the IRS?Sounds like a tool for somebody.Now we have a new litmus test?I smell a pack of rats,not just one.

    February 5, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Julie

    Here we go again....

    February 5, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Steve

    Being that Solis is not involved in her husband's business, those who are whining about this apparently believe that wives are appendages to their husbands. Perhaps they could find a time machine and go back to the 19th century where they'll be more comfortable.

    Of course, all of this is really about the Republican's anger that Obama has appointed a Labor Secretary who will actually be – gasp! – pro-labor.

    February 5, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    ATTN: Amber...liberals are torturing me and my family right now...NO to SOCIALIST...just shut up..

    February 5, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Sye the Pychic

    Lets just get it over with and make the head of Exxon Mobil the President.He controls the world now anyway.

    February 5, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. annie - Palin 2012

    Every public official in DC should have their taxes examined for at least the last 5 yrs.

    February 5, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    She should not be held to her husband's error especially since she is not a partner in that business BUT, if she knew about it, she should have disclosed it. This is getting ridiculous!

    Sniffit February 5th, 2009 3:05 pm ET
    GOPers making a mountain out of what's not even a molehill in 3…2…1…
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    Obama appointees with tax issues...1...2..3....

    February 5, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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