Tuesday, February 24, 2009

We have exciting news!

Dear Rudy,

We have exciting news! Hilda Solis is our new secretary of labor. Solis was approved in the Senate by an 80-17 vote this afternoon after Republicans backed away from an expected filibuster and agreed to stop their weeks of delaying tactics.

Thanks in part to your e-mails and calls, Solis didn't just squeak by. She was approved by a large majority, including a majority of Republican senators. Upon her confirmation, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney had this to say:

The confirmation of Rep. Hilda Solis is a huge victory: Finally, Americans will have a secretary of labor who represents working people, not wealthy CEO's. It is also a historic moment as Rep. Solis becomes the first Hispanic secretary of labor.

The delay of Rep. Solis's nomination for partisan and ideological reasons was overcome by the grassroots support of millions of Americans who are struggling and desperately need a secretary of labor who will be their voice.

For more on Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and what this means for working families, check out the latest from our blog.

In solidarity,

Marc Laitin
AFL-CIO, Online Mobilization Coordinator

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