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Senate committee approves nomination of Gina McCarthy to head EPA

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On a straight party-line vote, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 16 approved the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  All 10 Democrats voted in favor of her nomination and all eight Republicans voted against her nomination. 

Prior to the vote, the ranking Republican member of the committee, David Vitter of Louisiana, said the EPA had responded further to some of his requests regarding openness and transparency at the agency.  He summarized a letter he sent to EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe that thanks the acting administrator for the commitments he made to Vitter on the requests for transparency. In the letter, Vitter promised to support McCarthy’s nomination on the Senate floor "without a cloture vote or any 60-vote threshold" if additional progress is made in responding to his outstanding requests in this matter.  Vitter added that, should EPA grant all five of the requests outlined in the letter, he would "support the McCarthy nomination."

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has placed a hold on the McCarthy nomination over a flood control project in Southeast Missouri. —J.A.


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