Senate Confirms Smith As DOL Solicitor

Law360, New York (February 4, 2010, 2:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate voted 60-37 on Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of M. Patricia Smith to serve as solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, ending a partisan tiff over the controversial candidate that delayed a final vote for four months.

Smith, currently a commissioner at the New York State Department of Labor, will occupy the chief legal enforcement post, and third-highest-ranking spot overall, at the DOL. The solicitor plays an important role in crafting and enforcing labor law and policy in the U.S....
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