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NY Times Ed Board blogs for Hilda

In Legislation Today, Political world on January 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm

“Hilda! Hilda! Hilda!” — that’s the title of a blog entry posted a few hours ago on The Board. Here are two excerpts:

If there was ever a time the nation needed a strong secretary of labor, this is it. And yet, for the past several days, at least one Republican senator has been using a parliamentary procedure to hold up the confirmation of Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-California), President Obama’s choice for labor secretary. The “hold” tactic delays a full vote by the Senate on the nomination, pending, well, pending what?

The delay in confirming Ms. Solis isn’t because the Senate needs to know more. It’s a way for Republican senators to score tough-guy points with business constituents who are driven to distraction by the thought of unions.

The betting is that Ms. Solis will be confirmed. It’s past time to get on with it.

It’s good to have the Gray Lady adding to the pressure to confirm Solis.

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  1. There is a great blog post on this topic by Bruce Gagnon: http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2009/01/whats-hold-up-on-solis.html

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