A Senate committee on Thursday postponed a vote for Rep. Hilda Solis as President Barack Obama’s labor secretary after her husband settled tax liens this week.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said her nomination wasn’t in trouble even though the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions delayed the vote after her husband paid about $6,400 on Wednesday to settle tax liens.
“We’re not going to penalize her for her husband’s mistakes,” Gibbs said at the White House. “Her tax returns are in order.”
Three other Obama nominees to administration posts have said they didn’t keep current on their taxes, and two have withdrawn their names from consideration. Solis, a California Democrat, has had her nomination delayed while Republicans examine her support for union legislative goals such as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier to unionize.