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Hilda Solis Confirmed As Labor Secretary, 80-17

hilda-solis.jpgHilda Solis was confirmed this afternoon as the new Labor Secretary in a vote of 80 to 17. This is excellent news.

Mike Hall at AFL-CIO has details:

Says [AFL-CIO President] Sweeney:

She understands that the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy because working men and women deserve the freedom to choose whether to form a union without employer interference.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that in the past eight years, the voices of working families “haven’t been heard enough” and the voices of corporations and the powerful have been far too loud at the Labor Department.

President Obama, with the selection of Hilda Solis as secretary of labor, has given working families a voice back. Throughout her career, she has been a forceful advocate for working men and women.

Here’s hoping we get to say "Chao" to the Bush Administration’s craptastic labor policies.

Hilda Solis has been a tireless advocate for people who don’t have the money to buy their way into the halls of power.  In 2000, she received the JFK Profile in Courage award for her work on landmark legislation to improve working conditions and to protect the environment.  

We were so pleased to have her as a Blue America guest at FDL during her last run for office.  And I’m even more thrilled to congratulate Hilda on her appointment to this cabinet post.  Labor has a strong ally in Hilda: at a time when American workers could use a tenacious voice for their needs, they just got one.  It’s about time.

Michael Whitney at SEIU has more

UPDATE:  Kagro caught the no votes: Cornyn, Roberts, Kyl, Burr, Coburn, Thune, Ensign, Bond, Wicker, Bunning, Vitter, DeMint, Shelby, Crapo, Risch, Sessions, Inhofe.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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