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  • Texas girl who mailed NYPD cops handmade thank you cards to visit NY, tour police precincts

    02/23/2015 7:41:27 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 23, 2015 | Thomas Tracy
    The Big Apple is about to get a big ol’ “Hey, y’all” from cop-loving Texas kid Savannah Solis. The bright-eyed 10-year-old from Tyler, Tex. — who warmed cops’ hearts by mailing the NYPD 200 handmade thank you cards during one of the darkest periods in the department’s history — is flying into New York on Monday to be honored by the cops she touched with her missives, the Daily News has learned.
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • White House spokesman says investigation in Solis matter is ongoing

    07/16/2014 7:49:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/16/14 | Abby Sewell
    A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an "ongoing law enforcement investigation" related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis -- now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect. The comment by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at a press briefing was the first public confirmation by the administration of the existence of such an investigation. Earnest noted that the investigation had been reported on in January. The Times first reported the federal investigation into Solis´ activities at that time,
  • Complaint over Obama fundraiser triggered Solis probe

    05/10/2014 7:00:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2014 | by PAUL PRINGLE, ABBY SEWELL
    Allegations that former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, currently a candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor, solicited subordinates to help raise money for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign triggered a criminal investigation of her fundraising efforts, according to interviews and a federal document related to the case. The complaint alleged that in March 2012, Solis "left a voicemail message on a subordinate employee's government-issued Blackberry in which you asked the employee to contribute toward and assist with organizing others to attend a fundraiser for the President's reelection campaign."
  • U.S. Holds “Labor Rights Week” to Protect Mexican Workers

    08/13/2013 9:59:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 13, 2013
    The United States has signed an agreement with Mexico’s government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws. It’s a nifty little contract signed this month by the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In a press release the EEOC calls it a “historic outreach agreement” that will solidify the agency’s “continued and longstanding commitment to this underserved community.” Under the deal, American taxpayers will provide Spanish-language materials explaining the laws enforced by the EEOC and the agency will partner...
  • Outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Blames Tea Party for Unemployment, Proud of Representing

    01/17/2013 3:01:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    sooper mexican ^ | 1/17/13 | fox
    Hilda Solis, the outgoing Secretary of Labor made some surprising comments in an interview with Fox News Latino: In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Fox News Latino on Wednesday, Solis, the first Hispanic Labor Secretary in U.S. history, made it clear that despite her resignation, politics still flow through her blood. When asked whether she would consider running for the mayor of Los Angeles or governor of California, she proudly pandered to illegal aliens: ”I will absolutely make myself available,” said Solis, a four term congresswoman representing districts in the heavily Hispanic East LA area. “Many of the hardworking people...
  • Another White House Exit: Labor Sec. Hilda Solis Resigns

    01/09/2013 2:51:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/9/13 | Becket Adams
    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Wednesday that she is resigning from the Obama administration. “[A]fter much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future,” Solis told her staff in an email. Following news of her departure, the president released the following statement: Over her long career in public service – as an advocate for environmental justice in California, state legislator, member of Congress and Secretary of Labor – Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families. Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team...
  • Betty Crocker named Secretary of Labor - Solves the Mystery of +873,000 New Jobs Found

    10/07/2012 10:45:45 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/07/2012 | Snakeeyes Econ
    The survey of households uncovered an additional 873,000 jobs last month, 187,000 of which were government workers. Likely, this was a BAD sample where they happened to call more people who had a job than didn't. It should have been thrown out, of course, and a revised sample done. [This reminds me of the miraculous appearance of boxes of ballots during a close election]. Here is a chart of the household survey and the ADP survey of businesses (Non farm payrolls). Hmm. The household survey is definitely noisier than the NFP survey. But the spike in the household survey of...
  • Fact Check: Suspicion Falls on Labor Secretary Solis as She Misleads on Jobs Numbers

    10/05/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT · by Justaham · 103 replies ^ | 10/5/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Suspicion about the federal government's September jobs report has fallen on Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who appeared on CNBC this morning and defended the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), claiming--falsely--that upward revisions of 86,000 jobs were from the private sector. In fact, the new number is entirely accounted for by upwards revisions to state and federal government payrolls. The BLS reported that while only 114,000 jobs were created in September--which would have translated into a rise in unemployment from 8.1% to 8.2%--the unemployment rate fell dramatically to 7.8%. That unusual drop is the fastest in nearly...
  • Help! Need list of Obama's ties to Marxism, and/or Communism

    07/30/2012 3:33:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    self | 7-29-12 | vanity
    I need a quick list of all the Communist and Marxist ties in the Obama administration for use at a meeting tonight. Something beyond his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and appointee Van Jones. I know this topic is rich, and I hope other FReepers can help me tie it altogether in one neat package. Thanks in advance.
  • Hatch calls for investigation into Obama’s Labor Dept ‘propaganda’ posters featuring Al Sharpton,

    05/15/2012 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/15/12 | Matthew Boyle -
    Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has called for an investigation to determine if President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, broke the law with posters she’s placed around the Labor Department headquarters. A few weeks ago, The Daily Caller first reported that Solis had placed posters in elevators throughout the Washington, D.C., Labor Department headquarters. Those posters featured a photo of Solis marching in protest alongside the Rev. Jesse Jackson and MSNBC television host Rev. Al Sharpton, among others. She was acting as an emissary of the Obama administration protesting against Alabama’s strict new law combating illegal immigration. Solis...
  • Blunt questions DOL media policy

    05/11/2012 3:26:15 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2012 | Mark Tapscott
    "Does DOL believe that the new policy is consistent with the First Amendment? What precedents exist for forcing journalists to utilize government-owned systems and networks to report the news," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, asked Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in a letter today.
  • What's The Department Of No Labor Up To These Days ?

    05/02/2012 8:00:49 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 8 replies
    Alan Levy's brain and the commissars at the Department of No Labor | 05/02/12 | Alan Levy
    In today's episode of "My Government Scares The Crap Out Of Me", let's take a look at the Department of Labor's "environmental justice" program. First, before we get started, I thought it would be really, really swell to hear from an expert on "environmental justice". So, without further ado, I bring you Chairman Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones. Take it away, Vannie! *********************************** "Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you? Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits."...
  • More Obama Regulations….This Time Attacking American Farmers

    03/22/2012 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-22-12 | Curt
    “If the federal government can regulate the relationshipbetween parents and their children on their own family’sfarm there is virtually nothing off limits” - Senator Jerry Moran Just when I thought Obama's big government couldn't get more intrusive we have this: (h/t Gateway Pundit and Allen Wall) The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in...
  • Marxists gang up on Old MacDonald’s Farm

    03/17/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | March 16, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Old MacDonald had a farm. Until the Marxists stepped in, that is. With the American dream of the Constitutional Republic fast fading from view, the family farm is next on the Obama regime’s ever expanding hit list. ...The agenda to wipe out the family farm is being set by a deadly duo, George Soros, who is buying up farmland like some folks buy Black Friday goodies, and the Communist-cheered Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. We the People can count on food being the new frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists installed...
  • Hilda Solis, Secretary of Unions - What's she have in common with Lenin?

    10/10/2011 9:29:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Freeman ^ | October 10, 2011 | Charles W. Baird
    Lenin argued that communism is so obviously virtuous that any worker who resists it must be a victim of “false consciousness.” He cannot think straight because his oppressors have muddled his brain.Hilda Solis, Obama’s secretary of unions – oops, labor – thinks a bit like Lenin. She thinks labor unions are so obviously virtuous that any worker who votes against unionization does so only because evil labor relations consultants have conspired with the worker’s malevolent employer to muddle the worker’s brain.Public comments on Solis’s proposed rule to impede labor relations consultants who advise employers on how legally to avoid unionization...
  • How does government create a 'GREEN' job? Make it up! (vanity)

    09/23/2011 8:06:00 AM PDT · by Baynative · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/23/11 | Baynative
    Rep. Connie Mack questions Secretary Hilda Solis about how she classifies a green job. She is caught in a squeeze trying to lie her way out of false reporting by categorizing a bus driver job as "green" if they drive a hybrid bus. Finally, he hits her with a truthful statement about administration deceit.
  • Obama officials play defense during ‘green jobs’ hearing

    09/22/2011 11:37:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/22/11 | Matthew Boyle -
    U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis admitted Thursday morning during a congressional hearing that she and the Obama administration believe driving a bus that happens to run on “clean energy” should count as a “green job.” Florida Republican Rep. Connie Mack, questioning Solis during a House oversight committee hearing about why she and the Obama administration consider a man driving a “clean energy” bus to have a “green job,” pushed her on the absurdity of her argument. “Driving a bus is driving a bus, right?” Mack asked her. “I mean, you turn the wheel, you push the gas, you use...
  • A Labor Chief As Clueless As The President

    09/13/2011 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | September 13, 2011 | RALPH R. REILAND
    On Aug. 31, with job creation grinding to a complete halt, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was asked this question: "Why do you think there have been so many jobs created in the last decade in Texas?" She laughed and said, "Come again." The questioner rephrased his query, adding a citation: "The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimates about half of the jobs created in the U.S. in the last decade have been created in Texas. Why do you think that is?" Replied Solis, "I haven't done a lot of research in terms of the economic growth in Texas." It...
  • Labor Secretary: U.S. to ‘protect’ illegal workers

    08/31/2011 1:03:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Labor Secretary: U.S. to ‘protect’ illegal workers 1 hr 42 mins ago At a Wednesday breakfast event, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agreements with Mexico and other countries to apply U.S. labor protections to illegal immigrants. “I protect all workers here in this country,” she told The Daily Caller at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. “I have a vested interest in protecting all workers that work here in the U.S. Period.” Critics of illegal immigration say Solis’ deals and statements show that she doesn’t value American workers more than foreign workers, and that she’s undercutting U.S....
  • Obama Labor Boss Buys Canadian-Built Car

    08/31/2011 5:27:45 PM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies ^ | August 31, 2011 | PAUL BEDARD
    To show her support for American workers, President Obama's labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada. Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the "bullet." She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase...
  • {San Francisco Union} Muni operators ask feds to cut funding

    05/24/2011 10:58:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 5/22/11 | Michael Cabanatuan
    The labor union representing Muni operators is asking the federal government to withhold billions in funding for the Central Subway and other projects if the Municipal Transportation Agency follows the dictates of Proposition G in bargaining a new contract. Attorneys for Transport Workers Union Local 250A filed a letter with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking that the Department of Labor refuse to certify the Municipal Transportation Agency as being in compliance with a federal law that protects collective bargaining rights for unions at transit agencies receiving federal funds. The union contends that Proposition G violates that provision of the Federal...
  • Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg at White House for immigration meeting

    04/19/2011 2:00:25 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 74 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a list of 19 so-called "stakeholders" who will meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform Tuesday afternoon. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and former Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida are also attending, the White House says. The Obama administration says the group will discuss "the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation's 21st century economic and security needs." Other administration officials attending include U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Homeland...
  • Obama calls meeting on immigration overhaul (Bloomy's onboard!)

    04/19/2011 1:58:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will hold talks Tuesday with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on US immigration reform, the White House said. The meeting comes as legislative efforts to enact an overhaul stalled in the polarized US Congress, amid worries about violence along the US border with Mexico and concerns over stubbornly high US unemployment. Obama "will meet with a broad group of business, law enforcement, faith, and leaders from across the political spectrum on the importance of fixing our nation's broken immigration system," said spokesman Nick Shapiro. The president, who recently...
  • The Hidden Job Crisis for American Men

    04/08/2011 4:48:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 28 replies
    Business Week ^ | April 7, 2011 | Peter Coy
    Men are disappearing from the workplace in ways that don't always register on the official unemployment rate The March jobs report released on Apr. 1 seemed like the best in years. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis released a statement noting that the four-month drop in the jobless rate, to 8.8 percent from 9.8 percent, was "its largest decline since 1984." Behind the headlines, though, statistics on jobs are far less encouraging. Yes, job growth has picked up somewhat. Yet an equally important reason for the lower jobless rate is that many people, men in particular, have simply given up looking...
  • Solis Leads Cheers for Wisconsin Public Employee Unions

    03/02/2011 1:35:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 2, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken her gloves off in the ongoing war within the states. And her supporters are aching for more. In a speech before a partisan audience at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. last Saturday, Solis proclaimed solidarity with Wisconsin public-sector unions and their supporters who have all but shut down the state legislature in protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to curb public spending. Speaking before the closing session of the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, she urged her troops: "The fight is on. We work together. We help those...
  • Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights

    02/26/2011 8:11:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights By Michael O'Brien - 02/26/11 10:36 AM ET Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Saturday. Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Winter Meeting, accosted Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for their efforts to reform collective bargaining rights for public workers in their states. "We know that many states are facing tough budget decisions. We know there's room for shared sacrifice," Solis said. "But the governors in Wisconsin and...
  • Labor Department Solicitor Adopts Plan to Bully Employers (Obama thug control)

    12/09/2010 2:57:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 9, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      When Department of Labor Solicitor M. Patricia "Trisha" Smith testified at a Senate confirmation hearing more than a year and a half ago, her track record as New York State Commissioner of Labor, and her comments about it, prompted leading Republicans to postpone action for several months. Their fears in hindsight appear well-founded. An article appearing in last Friday's Wall Street Journal reported that DOL staff, under Smith's supervision, a couple months earlier had issued a draft "operating plan" to dramatically step up enforcement against private-sector employers likely to have committed unfair labor practices. The details of the...
  • Labor secretary: Despite job numbers, 'good news' is recovery is 'happening'

    09/04/2010 10:15:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    <p>Labor Secretary Hilda Solis touted administration progress on getting Americans back to work Friday, even as the latest job numbers showed unemployment ticking up to 9.6 percent.</p> <p>"I think the good news is that, again, the strides that we have made in this administration to put recovery first and foremost is happening," Solis said on MSNBC. "It's slow."</p>
  • Labor Secretary Asserts 'There Are Jobs Out There'

    09/04/2010 4:49:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | September 03, 2010 3:02pm | Heather Horn
    Labor Secretary Asserts 'There Are Jobs Out There' By Heather Horn | September 03, 2010 3:02pm A Friday op-ed from labor secretary Hilda Solis tries to strike a delicate balance. At USA Today, Solis attempts to acknowledge the bad unemployment rate, point to how far we have come, encourage workers to retrain, and assert that "there are jobs out there." That's a tough set of points to make while hitting the right tone, particularly on a day when a terrible July jobs report is released. Did she pull it off? Over at National Review, Jonah Goldberg summarizes the piece as...
  • Obama Labor Chief: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages

    06/21/2010 10:42:52 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 80 replies
    FOX News ^ | 21 June 2010 | FOX
    "We can Help... Sec. of Labor, Hilda Solis: "Every worker in America has the right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not." 1-866-487-9243
  • Obama administration now openly assisting illegal alien workers

    05/06/2010 8:52:43 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 19 replies · 729+ views
    Examiner, Portland ^ | 4/4/10 | Dave Gibson
    Obama administration now openly assisting illegal alien workers April 4, 5:22 AM Immigration Reform Examiner Dave Gibson Labor Secretary Hilda Solis U.S. Dept. of Labor On Thursday, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, announced the “We Can Help” campaign designed to protect day laborers, even if they are illegal aliens. Solis said her agency recently added 250 field investigators to enforce labor laws, but will apparently not report those here illegally to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The same day that Solis announced the Obama administration’s effort, mostly on behalf of illegal aliens, Labor Department investigator Paul Ramirez visited a day...
  • Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis believes a "job is a civil right"

    07/26/2009 5:14:12 AM PDT · by alwaysconservative · 29 replies · 242+ views
    Employee memo | July 24, 2009 | Hilda Solis
    From: Secretary Hilda Solis [mailto:Secretaryhildasolis@] Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 2:27 PM Subject: ADA Anniversary Dear Colleagues, This Sunday marks the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--landmark legislation designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of society. The ADA’s provisions include the right to seek, obtain and maintain employment without being hampered by physical or attitudinal barriers. I believe that having a job is a civil right. Those who are qualified for and want to work should not be denied that right because of an inaccessible building or...
  • As Labor Secretary, Finding Influence in Her Past

    07/06/2009 6:42:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 473+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Steven Greenhouse
    Hilda L. Solis often recalls some advice her high school guidance counselor gave her mother: “Your daughter is not college material. Maybe she should follow the career of her older sister and become a secretary.” Telling that story recently at the Hunter College commencement in Manhattan, Ms. Solis roared into the microphone that she, the daughter of immigrants, did become a secretary — the nation’s labor secretary. The crowd thundered with applause. ... Like President Obama and Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose confirmation to the Supreme Court would make her the first Hispanic justice, Ms. Solis, 51, pulled herself up through...
  • Obama Creating Council to Help Auto Industry

    06/23/2009 8:52:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 643+ views
    Fox ^ | 6/23/09 | ap
    President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday to establish the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The council will be chaired by the president's economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his labor secretary, Hilda Solis.
  • Obama: Bush government tried to undermine unions (In which all had a chance to work)

    03/05/2009 7:27:47 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies · 739+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 3, 2009 | Staff
    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the Bush administration had tried to undermine organized labor and he assured U.S. labor leaders they would always have a "place at the table" under his presidency. "We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests," Obama said in prepared remarks for a video address to the executive board of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, meeting in Miami. Obama, who won strong backing from trade unions in his Democratic presidential campaign, said there could not be a strong middle class, the focus of his economic...
  • White House Bars Video Coverage of Biden’s Speech to Labor Union

    03/05/2009 8:00:05 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 64 replies · 2,215+ views
    CNSNews ^ | March 05, 2009 | Susan Jones
    ( – When Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the annual meeting of AFL-CIO officials at the plush Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach Thursday morning, television cameras will not be allowed to cover his speech – on orders from the White House, Fox News reported. The Fontainebleau, which recently had a billion-dollar makeover, describes itself as “a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury." It has 1,504 rooms and suites, 22 oceanfront acres, 11 restaurants and nightclubs including three signature name chef restaurants, a 40,000-square-foot spa, and a "sophisticated poolscape" with private cabanas. The AFL-CIO Executive...
  • Two Obama Cabinet Members Added Earmarks to Omnibus Spending Bill

    02/25/2009 1:06:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 878+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/25/09 | Chad Pergram
    Two of President Obama's Cabinet members authored a variety of earmarks in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill the House is poised to pass Wednesday to keep the government running through Oct. 1. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis were both House members when appropriators began to forge this legislation last year. However, a stalemate between President Bush and congressional Democrats forced the sides to punt the rest of the spending provisions until now. New transparency rules ordered up by Democrats two years ago require lawmakers requesting earmarks to write a letter expressly asking Congress to dedicate...
  • Senate confirms Solis as labor secretary

    02/24/2009 3:31:41 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 16 replies · 668+ views
    AP ^ | 2/24/09 | Sam Hananel
    WASHINGTON (AP) — California Rep. Hilda Solis won confirmation Tuesday as President Barack Obama's labor secretary, giving the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after years of business-friendly leadership under the Bush administration. The 80-17 vote ended more than a month of delays prompted by GOP concerns over Solis' work for a pro-union organization, and later, revelations about her husband's unpaid taxes. But Democrats said Solis had put to rest any questions and called her a powerful advocate for working families.
  • Solis Expected To Be Confirmed As US Labor Secretary Late Tuesday

    02/24/2009 9:12:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Easy Bourse ^ | February 24th, 2009 | Darrell A. Hughes
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the floor of the Senate Tuesday said Republicans reached a new agreement with Democrats to proceed to debate and final vote on the confirmation of Rep. Hilda Solis as U.S. Labor Department secretary, withdrawing from a previous agreed procedural vote. Congress is now expected to debate Solis's appointment for roughly four hours, with a final vote slated for Tuesday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled the procedural vote, referred to as a cloture vote, last week. Expected Republican opposition and Senate lawmakers being unable to corroborate a voting...
  • Solis’s Silent Treatment: CRC Says Labor Nominee Needs to Answer Questions

    02/18/2009 9:14:38 AM PST · by vadum · 169+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | February 17, 2009 | admin
    Solis’s Silent TreatmentCRC Says Labor Nominee Needs to Answer QuestionsWashington, DC – Like Tom Daschle and Timothy Geithner, it seems that Hilda Solis, President Obama’s choice for Secretary of Labor, is in some trouble. Her husband’s tax problems (15 tax liens filed against him since 1993) have created a bad public impression. And so have the answers Solis gave at her confirmation hearings. In the February 2009 edition of Capital Research Center’s (CRC) Labor Watch, author Philip Klein takes note of Solis’ pro-union reputation, and wonders how far she will roll-back the achievements of Bush labor secretary Elaine Chao. In...
  • Senate panel approves labor nominee Hilda Solis

    02/11/2009 3:51:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 414+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | February 11, 2009 | By SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Hilda Solis edged closer Wednesday to winning confirmation as the nation's next labor secretary, after more than a month of delays over questions about her husband's unpaid taxes and her work for a pro-union group. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee cleared her nomination in a voice vote with only two Republicans voting against her. The action sends the nomination to the full Senate for a final vote likely this week. A committee vote scheduled last week was abruptly postponed after news that her husband had paid about $6,400 to settle outstanding tax liens...
  • Above the Law

    02/08/2009 6:49:36 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 431+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 8, 2009 | Editorial
    These are the times that tax men's souls. Unless, that is, you're an Obama administration appointee and opt out - or try to. Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis is the latest Cabinet-level honcho to fall afoul of the tax collector; whether she wriggles off the hook is a matter of the usual high drama inside the Beltway - but the source of great anger and distress elsewhere. This is worrisome, for reasons that only tangentially relate to President Obama. As corny as it sounds, most Americans consider paying taxes to be an acceptable obligation of citizenship. Obama's Tax Rogues Gallery seriously...
  • Taxes trouble some payers (Prospective Union Organizer for Obomber goes down)

    02/07/2009 1:46:49 PM PST · by jessduntno · 18 replies · 506+ views
    taylordailypress ^ | Today | PHILIP JANKOWSKI
    Taxes trouble some payers By PHILIP JANKOWSKI Tax season is here, and for prospective appointees to President Barack Obama’s cabinet, it couldn’t be clearer that sometimes taxes go unpaid. With the announcement that Secretary of Labor appointee Hilda Solis’ husband has $6,400 of unpaid taxes from his business, the tally is now four would-be cabinet members with issues regarding their tax returns. Solis joins Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killefer and former health secretary nominee Tom Daschle as the latest member of the Obama administration with issues. It begs the question: If these appointees who,...
  • Hilda Solis, Labor nominee, faces tax questions

    02/07/2009 1:38:38 PM PST · by yoe · 29 replies · 1,790+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 6, 2009 | Peter Nicholas and Dan Weikel
    U.S. Rep. Hilda L. Solis, President Obama's choice for Labor secretary, faced new obstacles after lawmakers who were expected to vote on her confirmation Thursday abruptly canceled the hearing amid reports of back taxes owed by her husband. Solis, a Democrat from El Monte, is at least the fourth Obama nominee whose confirmation has been complicated by tax troubles. The Obama administration conceded it had not discovered on its own that California tax liens had been filed against Solis' husband, Sam H. Sayyad. The White House learned about the liens -- a matter of public record -- on Tuesday in...
  • ANOTHER Obama Stinker: How Do You Say "Tax Cheat" in Spanish? [Rep. Hilda Solis' husband]

    02/06/2009 4:59:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 670+ views ^ | February 5, 2009 | John Lillpop
    Rep. Hilda Solis, the proposed Labor Secretary If President Obama had just taken his own advise and learned Spanish, as he urged American parents to do, perhaps this latest kerfuffel could have been avoided. As it is, the nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis, Latina from California, to be Labor Secretary may be in trouble because of revelations that her husband was ensnared in tax concerns, an aliment that seems to have reached pandemic proportions among Obama nominees. As reported, in part, in the San Francisco Chronicle “Looks like another Obama Cabinet nominee could be in trouble-- Rep. Hilda Solis, the...
  • Labor unions press for vote on Solis

    02/06/2009 12:54:17 PM PST · by Baladas · 9 replies · 451+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/06/09 | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor unions accused Republicans of seizing on questions about unpaid taxes to stall the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis because they dislike her policies. The nation's largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO, along with other unions, women's and Hispanic groups, began calling and writing lawmakers Friday, urging them to confirm the California congresswoman. "Enough is enough," AFL-CIO president John Sweeney said, warning GOP senators "to stop obstructing and confirm Rep. Solis now." Bill Samuel, the AFL-CIO's legislative director, said the worsening economic climate demands a strong labor secretary. "We've had terrible employment numbers released today and...
  • MORE TAXING PROBLEMS; O'S LABOR PICK HELD UP BY HUBBY WOES (Solis' spouse 16-year tax cheat)

    02/06/2009 1:52:20 AM PST · by Liz · 64 replies · 2,353+ views
    NY POST ^ | 2/6/09 | SAM HANANEL,, AP
    Hilda Solis has tax problems.......a Senate panel abruptly postponed a scheduled vote on her confirmation as Obama's Labor Secy after revelations that Solis' husband settled tax liens on his California auto-repair business this week.....that date back as long as 16 years.....amid complaints about Solis' role as board member and treasurer of American Rights at Work which is pushing a bill to ease forming workers' unions.
  • Labor Pick's Husband Has Tax Problems

    02/05/2009 11:58:19 PM PST · by politicalmerc · 16 replies · 756+ views
    AP via AOL ^ | 2/5/09 | Sam Hananel
    WASHINGTON (Feb. 5) - Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis became the latest Cabinet nominee to face questions about unpaid taxes Thursday as a Senate panel abruptly postponed a scheduled vote on her confirmation. The postponement came after revelations that Solis' husband settled tax liens on his California auto repair business this week that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years.
  • Solis Senate Session Postponed in Wake of Husband's Tax Lien Revelations

    02/05/2009 11:41:49 AM PST · by frogjerk · 57 replies · 1,697+ views
    A Senate committee today abruptly canceled a session to consider President Obama's nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis to be labor secretary in the wake of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business -- liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years. The report, by USA Today, came just before the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee was slated to meet to consider Solis's nomination, which had been delayed by questions over her role on the board of the pro-labor organization American Rights at Work. A source...