Hilda Solis

Discovery Channel
September 09, 2009

Give the White House credit. Amid signs that the recession is ending, administration officials are resisting what must be an enormous temptation to gloat. “I think we’re certainly on track to, at least, stabilizing the patient,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during a recent cnbc appearance. But “[t]he patient is still sick.” It’s hardly a triumphalist metaphor. To the extent that there’s a problem, it’s not what the administration is saying so much as what it is assuming: that the business cycle exerts an irresistible gravitational pull—that what goes down must eventually come up.

More Tax Troubles: Hilda Solis Edition
February 05, 2009

Another day, another tax problem for an Obama cabinet nominee. The Washington Post has just reported that a Senate session considering Hilda Solis for Labor Secretary was abruptly canceled this afternoon after USA Today disclosed that her husband had paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business-some of which had been outstanding for 16 years.

Lahood And Solis: Second Round Picks
December 18, 2008

Almost all of Barack Obama’s cabinet members have been outstanding. You can quarrel with Hilary Clinton’s foreign policy views or Tom Vilsack’s position on organic food or New York Fed Chief Tim Geithner’s proximity to Wall Street, but you can’t quarrel with their qualifications for the job. And Obama has managed to pull together a cabinet that represents the full spectrum of his majority coalition without a hint of tokenism. Who better than Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to run Homeland Security or Dr. Steven Chu as energy secretary?

A Secret Weapon For Obama's Labor Secretary
December 18, 2008

Alyssa Rosenberg is a correspondent for Government Executive: Though she's been a staunch supporter of union priorities like the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), California Congresswoman Hilda Solis wasn't on anyone's short list to head the Department of Labor. But with the AP annoucing today that she will be Obama's pick, Solis may have a secret weapon as she takes over the department. Early in her career, she worked as a management analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.

Solis To Labor
December 18, 2008

AP is reporting that California Congresswoman Hilda Solis will be secretary of labor. If true, Solis would fulfill the rumors that the pick, the most protracted of the Cabinet choices, would be a dark horse congressional candidate. Also, as a Latina woman, she boosts the Cabinet's diversity, which some liberal critics had been demanding of Obama. Solis sits on both the energy and commerce and the natural resources committees in the House. A self-described "daughter of a union family," she was one of the many co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007.