Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis resigned her post Wednesday, offering no specific reason but that she "enjoyed my first opportunity in years to reflect on the past and my future" over the holidays.
"Leaving the department is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made, because I have taken our mission to heart," she wrote in a letter to colleagues obtained by CNN. "As the daughter of parents who worked in factories, paid their union dues and achieved their goal of a middle class life, and as the first Latina to head a major federal agency, it has been an incredible honor to serve."
(CNN) - New job figures released today show the unemployment rate falling, a drop that the Obama administration attributes to steps it took last year to get the economy rolling, but that Republicans argue is the result of stopping tax hikes.
"I think businesses are coming back because of what happened in December, the tax credits, the payroll tax credits, all of those things that help to incentivize businesses to make more business," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today on CNN.
Washington (CNN) - An impassioned Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rallied Democratic party members Saturday to tell voters "elections do matter" as she gave a detailed – and political – response to the Wisconsin union fight.
Solis delivered her remarks before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, in the same hotel where conservative activists held their annual convention two weeks ago. But the message was decidedly different, as Solis accused Republicans of turning back the clock on workers' rights.
(CNN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday that a special election to fill Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ vacant House seat will take place on July 14.
Schwarzenegger also announced that the special primary election will be held on May 19.
Solis represented a district in Los Angeles County before being confirmed as President Obama’s secretary of Labor.
(CNN) - Hilda Solis, recently confirmed as secretary of labor, was greeted Wednesday by a crowd of enthusiastic Labor Department employees who braved the cold to greet their new boss on her first day of work.
Solis was greeted as she stepped out of her car by interim acting Secretary of Labor Edward C. Hugler. She shook hands and signed autographs before addressing the crowd.
"As someone who came into this town eight years ago, I can't begin to tell you how incredibly emotional, happy, ... fired up and ready to go [I am] to get our country back to where it needs to be," she said.
Noting the difficult road ahead, she added, "We need to revitalize this agency and we will. We are going to be working and, like the president said yesterday, we are not quitters."
The Senate voted 80-17 Tuesday to confirm the four-term California congresswoman as the Obama administration's labor secretary.
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."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Senate committee Thursday delayed its confirmation vote for Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis, citing a need to review additional documentation.
A planned vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee "was postponed to allow members additional time to review the documentation submitted in support of Representative Solis' nomination to serve in the important position of labor secretary," Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, said in a joint written statement.
"Members on both sides of the aisle remain committed to giving her nomination the fair and thorough consideration that she deserves. We will continue to work together to move this nomination forward as soon as possible." Kennedy is the committee's chairman; Enzi is the ranking Republican. Solis, a California congresswoman, is currently serving her fifth term in House of Representatives.
A new date for the committee to vote on her nomination has not been set yet.