Senate Republicans Block Vote On Gina McCarthy Nomination

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\"ginaSenate Republicans Thursday blocked a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that angered Democrats who said the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection deserved an \”up or down vote.\”

\”These obstructionist tactics undermine public leadership in safeguarding our environment,\” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The Senate\’s Environment and Public Works Committee had scheduled a vote on the nomination of McCarthy for the top EPA job, which the White House announced in March. But all the Republicans on the committee boycotted the meeting Thursday morning, protesting Boxer\’s decision to move forward on the nomination vote and claiming their questions had not been answered.

Blumenthal described the move as \”paralyzing partisan gamemanship at its worst.\”

Democrats who attended the committee meeting said McCarthy answered over 1,000 questions – more than any previous nominee. Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) described McCarthy as \”one of the most qualified – perhaps the most qualified – nominee to ever head the Environmental Protection Agency.\” She offered harsh criticism to the committee members who boycotted, especially ranking member Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).

\”I was under the impression that as soon as he received an answer to the 1000 questions that they would allow us to move forward with this vote,\” said Boxer.

Four years ago, McCarthy was confirmed by the full Senate to lead the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. She also worked for former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.

\”Romney was a big fan of Gina McCarthy. If he had won, and picked her to run EPA, think GOP would block her?\” Sen. Murphy tweeted after the boycott.

There are 10 Democrats and eight Republicans on the committee, and senate rules require a majority of a committee to be present to take action. Because Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has been absent for health reasons, Democrats were unable to muster that majority.

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19 thoughts on “Senate Republicans Block Vote On Gina McCarthy Nomination

  1. Quinte West

    Chris Murphy “tweeted”–“If he ( Romney )had won, and picked her ( McCarthy)to run EPA, think the GOP would block her?”
    Silly Senator Murphy—of course not–you and the Democrats would have blocked her nomination!!!
    Quit the self righteous nonsense– it’s politics…

  2. johngaltwhereru

    Jenny must have been taken to the woodshed for her errant objectivity when she wrote about the poll showing the country puts gun control way at the bottom of their list of concerns.

    This is the Courant we are talking about here. Thou shall not report on items contrary to the Liberal Agenda.

    Here, an objective journalist would state the exact reason Republicans gave for their boycott, including but not limited to the continued stonewalling of information regarding Lisa Jackson’s illegal use of a phony e-mail to conduct official Government business.

    Instead, we get quotes attacking Republicans from 3 of America’s most Liberal Senators.

    The Courant’s re-education camp must be very severe to create such a quick turn around.

    1. johngaltwhereru

      You are right.

      The Administration should never be held accountable for any of their continuous stream of lies.

    2. bill

      that is what I was thinking.

      Johngalt: the babies are blocking each others votes so the administration must use it’s purgative.

        1. bill

          the children of the senate are playing games and a recess appointment is in order. Capici?

          1. Johngaltwhereru

            Yeah, I capici that part.

            But purgative? I am not sure how laxatives apply to this situation.

            And what does the babies blocking each others votes mean.

            Are you ok with an Administration, think any Administration, not this one, refusing to give Congress information they are entitled to have, all while claiming to be the most transparent administration in history? Really, that is ok?

      1. Midas Mulligan

        my man: “prerogative” hey, I can’t spell and now my IPad makes things more challenging. Send me to spelling school.

        1. Johngaltwhereru

          Oh, you know I don’t care about your spelling shortcomings.

          I just didn’t know that is what you were going for.

  3. justme

    Great all we need is more political zealots to be in charge of things. The EPA has become nothing more than a playground for zealots and this nomination simply promotes more of the same without regard to real science and objectivity.

          1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

            Take your meds Billy. You’re going to that bad place again.

  4. justme

    It would be nice these candidate had any training or background in critical thinking—- we have many EPA laws that are not grounded in real science that will solve anything but pander to the extreme left wing idiot.

    1. Lee

      I agree that the EPA needs better leadership than the candidate Malloy has recommended. In fact, it would not hurt my feelings if the EPA was abolished completely. I don’t know of any good they have done other than impede sane objectives.

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