Confirmation Hearings for Hilda Solis Move Forward

President Elect Barack Obama is rapidly assembling his cabinet. Obama chose Rep. Hilda Solis to be his Secretary of Labor. All major appointments by the President need to be confirmed by the Senate. And this process is underway for Solis.

According to her local paper the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

Solis appeared Friday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to tell lawmakers how she would lead a department that Obama says he wants to "once again stand up for working families."

"We need to restore the respect and integrity of those individuals in the workplace," Solis said.

Solis is a significant change from her predecessor Elaine Chao. Chao according to the AFL-CIO seemed to be a Secretary of Management not Labor.

She is expected to win confirmation soon.

Van Jones wrote a great commentary about her in his article: New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green.

Here is an excerpt I really think hits the nail on the head how we need leaders to move our economy into the next major industrial change.
We're thrilled that Hilda Solis shares the green jobs vision. In fact, she's already helped make it real. Rep. Solis was the original author of the Green Jobs Act, and our Green For All team worked closely with her in 2007. During that year's Congressional session, she worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and was instrumental in getting that hallmark legislation passed. Her work demonstrated her commitment to a socially responsible, clean-energy economy that will create millions of good-paying jobs and save our environment. She is the right secretary of labor to take advantage of a great opportunity not only to make America's economy stronger by making it greener, but also to make Americans living in poverty part of a revitalized middle class.

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