For the past few weeks we have heard rumblings that the Republican Party might try to stop Representative Hilda Solis’ (D-CA) nomination in an attempt to “send a message to organized labor.” Due to Rep. Solis’ support of the Employee Free Choice Act, she has become a target of business groups who are frightened that workers might finally have a level playing field to organize unions. At a time of unprecedented job loss, it seems appalling that business groups and Republicans would be hampering the Department of Labor by playing politics. According to an article in the Washington Post:
Is now the time to be stalling and trying to win points or send messages? Obviously, even the Republican who is holding up this nomination is not willing to stand behind the game playing. Rep. Solis’ nomination is being held up via an anonymous hold by a Republican Senator, a parliamentary procedure that allows a Senator to stop a confirmation by threatening to filibuster it.