Senate expected to confirm Solis for labor post

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

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is expected to confirm Hilda Solis to be President Barack Obama's labor secretary on Tuesday, more than two months after she was first nominated to the post.

Lawmakers scheduled the vote after Democrats won assurances earlier in the day that Republicans would not filibuster the nomination.

The agreement does away with the need for a test vote that would have required at least 60 votes to move her confirmation forward.

A Senate committee cleared the California congresswoman's nomination earlier this month with only two Republicans voting against her.

Some GOP lawmakers have complained about Solis's work for a pro-labor group that supports legislation to make it easier for workers to organize unions. She also had to answer questions about tax liens filed against her husband.

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