Posted By James Parks On January 27, 2009
With unemployment at the highest level in decades, Senate Republicans are saying they will hold a vote on the nomination of a key Cabinet member in the fight to restore jobs in this ailing economy. Some conservative lawmakers are vowing to hold up a vote on Rep.  Hilda Solis’ (D-Calif.) confirmation as labor secretary because of their opposition to the  Employee Free Choice Act, which she supports.
Solis, who comes from a union family, has been a champion of workers for more than 15 years combined in Congress and the California legislature, where she was the first Latina elected to the state Senate.
Solis backers have created two Facebook groups in support of her nomination: ” Americans for Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor,” and “ 1,000,000 Strong For Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor“—and each has some 300 members who signed up in the past few days. The groups give information on how to contact your senators to urge that Solis be confirmed. Sign up for both is open to any Facebook member.
Solis has a solid record on workers’ issues, says Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the  California Labor Federation. Solis, who was raised in a union family, is
a serious, thoughtful, dedicated and result-oriented leader on working family issues.
In her four terms in Congress, Solis co-authored the Green Jobs Act, which later became part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The Green Jobs Act authorized $125 million for workforce training programs targeted to veterans, displaced workers, at-risk youth and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
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