A Senate committee today considering President Barack Obama's nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis to be labor secretary was abruptly cancelled – apparently because of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid tax liens against his business that were 16 years old
Solis’ husband paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business, according to USA Today. The report came just before the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee was slated to meet to consider Solis's nomination.
The session had already been delayed once by questions over her role on the board of the pro-labor organization American Rights at Work. A source said that committee members did not learn about the tax issue until today.
"Today's executive session was postponed to allow members additional time to review the documentation submitted in support of Representative Solis's nomination to serve in the important position of Labor Secretary," read a joint statement issued by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the panel's chairman, and Mike Enzi (Wyoming), the committee's ranking Republican. "There are no holds on her nomination and 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."
No new date has been set for the hearing. The disclosure about Solis's husband comes in the wake of tax problems that caused trouble for three of Obama's top appointees, leading two of them -- HHS-nominee Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer, who was to be chief performance officer -- to withdraw
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