President Obama appointed Edward Hugler, a career Labor Department employee, to serve as Acting Secretary of Labor while he awaits Senate confirmation of his nominee, Hilda Solis. The Senate Health Education Labor & Pension Committee has scheduled a vote Thursday at 2pm on Solis’ nomination, but there still appears to be an anonymous Senator holding her up.

Obama on Monday tapped Ed Hugler, a career Labor employee and the deputy assistant secretary for operations, to serve as acting secretary, a Labor Department official told The Hill.

An anonymous senator has put a hold on Solis’s nomination. She appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last month, but the committee has yet to vote on her nomination.
The Senate HELP Committee will vote on Solis’s nomination Thursday at 2 p.m., according to Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Kennedy. Senate leaders have yet to announce when the full Senate will take up the nomination.

The Chamber of Commerce, which opposes Employee Free Choice, clarified its non-opposition to Hilda Solis’ nomination as Labor Secretary.

An official at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said that the business group isn’t opposing Solis’s nomination but still disagrees with her positions. The Chamber is one of the more prominent opponents of the controversial labor bill, also known as "card check."

"Obviously, we don’t like her policies, what we know of her," said Randel Johnson, a Chamber vice president. "We expected a liberal, pro-labor person to be nominated for secretary of Labor."

That’s called Elections Have Consequences, fellahs.

Teddy Partridge

Teddy Partridge

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