Senate panel postpones vote on labor nominee

By: By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer
By: By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has postponed a scheduled vote on the nomination of Hilda Solis as labor secretary amid complaints from some Republicans about her work for a pro-union group.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said Thursday that lawmakers need more time to review documentation submitted in support of Solis.

Some Republicans have raised questions about her role as treasurer of American Rights at Work, a group pushing for passage of a bill to make it easier for workers to form unions.

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, the committee's top Republican, has suggested that Solis should recuse herself for two years from debate over the legislation because of her position with the group.

Solis says her work for the group did not involve any lobbying activities.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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