February 24th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Solis confirmed

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate has confirmed California Rep. Hilda Solis as the Obama administration's labor secretary. The final vote was 80-17 in favor of confirmation.

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  1. Jon in Ca

    LOL – yeah ... why let a tax problem stop an Obama nominee!!

    February 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Women for Obama!

    Thank you, President Obama, for the awesome female representation in your cabinet!

    Yes, they happen to also be very smart! Sorry Sarah Palin but it takes a little more than a "pitbull with lipstick" to make it in politics.....

    February 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Al

    Please notice how the media is managing this story.
    The pictures in particular are dark and somber, and the look on Jindal's face is somber, never smiling.
    In contrats, Obama's pictures were always set with a blue sky background shot from lower and a smiling Obama waving at some distant crowd. Frequently there were also a bank of flags waving in the background. Just Google Obama pictures and you'l easily see what I mean.
    When uncomplimenatry pictures were shown of Obama, he claimed that it was not fair, and the media happily responded with only highly complimentary ones.
    The media has already started to disparage Jiindal in anticipation he may challenge Obama in 2012.
    Let Obama win on his own accord. To attempt to help him weakens him

    February 24, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Disgruntled billionaire

    This isn't good! A labor secretary who actually cares about working people instead of just big business! What will all of the CEOs do? Hire more lobbyists? Too bad all their businesses are going bankrupt and are begging for more bailouts... it undermines the flawless argument that we should have an unregulated private sector and a government that does absolutely nothing to help ordinary citizens. They can't even afford lobbyists anymore! I feel sorry for the people who make private jets, huge mansions, and all the luxury goods that the top 1% simply cannot live without. For 8 years we had a noble and brave president who staunchly defended the interests of the top 1%, who are the real engines of growth in our economy, since their incomes grew much faster than everyone else's over that period, and even before then. It was a sad day when George W. Bush had to relinquish the Presidency to a dangerous radical socialist who only wants to cut taxes for the bottom 95%. If that is not socialism, I don't know what is! Ann Coulter is right to praise Joe McCarthy as a great American hero, because there are Commies everywhere trying to "spread the wealth around"! I am sure glad we have such good citizens like Joe the Plumber to stand up to such wealth-spreading Marxist nonsense and defend the interests of the top 1%, even if they are not a part of that top 1%.

    February 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Mike


    February 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. alright Solis

    get to work

    we need jobs

    fix the damage done by the Bush years

    February 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Republican are ankle biters

    Hope she brings a good broom.I know,I know,Im a poet and dont know it.Im just trying to stay above all the venom and hate on here,and thats a job in its self.

    February 24, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    It is about time. The Republicans will do any thing to restrict the growth of unions, because the unions champion the cause of labor, and the Republicans champion the cause of capital.

    February 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Texas boy

    Thank God my stupid go for nothing Texas Senators didn't block this comfirmation.

    February 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Mari

    WONDERFUL! The Grand OBSTRUCTIONIST Party can't block everything!

    February 24, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Margie, CT

    Well it's about time. As the Secretary of Labor, someone wasn't working very hard to confirm her. Well, we'll let by gones be by gones, she's in now.

    February 24, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Leslie, TX

    Congrats Hilda, now kick some GOP butt.

    February 24, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Obama administration will go down as the most corrupt adminstration in the 21st century. Why should we pay out taxes? How is it that a President can get away with mortgage scandals different from that of CEOs abuse of office?

    February 24, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. JK Ashburn, VA

    Yep, even now she's out in the California avocado fields getting the illegal immigrants unionized.

    February 24, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. williams

    good jobs,democrat senators,let get hhs done anf fill all vecant seat b/4 may.


    February 24, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Dianne

    Finally, the "Grand Obstructionist Party" may be getting the message that they can't just say NO to everything! They have consistently obstructed President Obama's choices for Cabinet. Then, they complain they need more "details" from Timothy Geithner who has only been on the job for a couple of weeks. This recession began December 2007 & what the hell did the GOP do? They fudged the numbers indicating a recession was already underway hoping that the Recession would land on the lap of the new President by surprise.

    To the "Grand Old/Obstructionist Party": Move over ... get out of the way!

    February 24, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Marge

    Isn't if funny not only are the republicans trying to obstruct obama they have stooped so low as to try to obstruct all his appointments. Childest.

    February 24, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Jon in Ca

    Women for Obama writes,

    "Sorry Sarah Palin but it takes a little more than a "pitbull with lipstick" to make it in politics….."


    uuuh sweety – you sound like you have Lipstick Envy. Governor Palin STILL has a job and apparently threatens the be-jezzes out of you libs!! Keep obsessing – it only makes her more popular.

    February 24, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. worriedmom

    Well here goes eliminating Illegal Immigration, she will have them forming unions and giving them all they want!!

    February 24, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. JJ

    "The Republicans will do any thing to restrict the growth of unions, because the unions champion the cause of labor"


    The unions are a prime reason why the Motor Companies are broke....

    February 24, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Jerry in Florida

    We are in real trouble now. The unions have greatly contibuted to the economic mess that we are experiencing. Now, with President NObama and Ms. Solis as Labor Secretary who owe and support the unions big, watch out America.

    February 24, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. American

    I have known Hilda Solis for some 25 years, she served on the local Community College Board of Trustee's at the same time I served on the Elementary School Board. We campaigned for our seats on those board on the same platform – CHANGE. We were both sucessful in our elections an in bringing the changes necessary to our respective Boards of Education and to the students. We should all be proud that a person of such intellect, determination and charactar would be selected and confirmed for the job of Secretary of Labor. It is one more day that I am proud to be an American. Best wishes Hilda on your continued sucess. Robert Camerota

    February 24, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Stu in Las Vegas

    @ Jerry in Florida & JJ

    "The Unions " are not the cause of automakers downfall. Healthcare costs, steel prices, underfunded pensions, AND poor quality control were the problem. They made lots of money on SUV and Truck sales. Those are the big 3's money makers. On average, net profit on them is between 10k and 15k per unit. So instead of modernizing plants, getting fuel effecient vehicles in the pipeline, and bargaining with the unions, They took all those profits and opened plants in Mexico, China, Canada, and everyplace other than the USA.

    Bad management, bad investments in Volvo, Jag, Saab, Land Rover etc caused their woes.

    Check your facts before commenting next time.

    February 24, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Simmy

    It's long overdue, but better late than never. Congrats Ms. Solis.

    February 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. James S in Ga

    Right on Hilda (Good Luck) give them Hell.

    February 24, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |