February 5, 2009

A Senate committee on Thursday abruptly postponed a vote to confirm President Barack Obama’s labor secretary nominee following a news report that her husband may have tax problems.

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A joint statement from the Senate Labor Committee’s Democratic chairman and its top Republican made no mention of the report in the USA Today newspaper.

But they said the indefinite delay was to “allow members additional time to review documentation submitted in support” of the nominee, Democratic Representative Hilda Solis of California.

USA Today reported on Thursday that Solis’ husband paid about $6,400 on Wednesday to settle tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business.

This week has already seen two of Obama’s high profile nominees withdraw from consideration due to tax issues — Tom Daschle, who Obama had picked to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Killefer, Obama’s choice to oversee budget and spending reform.

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