Yet another Obama tax scofflaw!

Husband of Rep. Solis, Labor nominee, settles tax liens


The husband of President Obama's Labor secretary nominee paid about $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business, the Obama administration told USA TODAY this afternoon.

The disclosure came shortly before a scheduled 2 p.m. meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will vote on Rep. Hilda Solis' nomination as labor secretary. The hearing was postponed; no reason was immediately revealed.

At a press conference, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said of Solis: "I read the story in USA TODAY and it quotes somebody who works here. Obviously we know about the story. We reviewed her tax returns and her tax returns are in order.Her husband had an issue."

"She's not a partner in that business," Gibbs said. "We're not going to penalize her for her husband's business mistakes."

Gibbs said he thought Solis' husband, Sam Sayyad, paid the liens back because he owed the taxes, not because of White House pressure. "The White House believes that if you owe taxes you should pay them," Gibbs added.

Comment: I'm starting to lose count!

  1. Hilda Solis, Labor secretary nominee
  2. Tom Daschle, Heath and Human Resources (Withdrawn)
  3. Nancy Killefer, chief performance officer (Withdrawn)
  4. Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary (Confirmed)

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