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Senate Committee Approves McCarthy for EPA, Full Vote Blocked by Republicans

Date: May 21, 2013

Source: News Room

In a 10 to 8 vote along party lines, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but a full senate vote on her nomination is being obstructed by Republicans who may resort to filibuster among other maneuvers to delay that vote. During the committee vote, ranking minority member Senator David Vitter (R-LA) said that there has been "meaningful progress" in his efforts to get answers to some questions from McCarthy about the transparency of communications at EPA, but he is still suggesting that a filibuster is a possibility if he doesn't get all the answers he wants.

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