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Senate Confirmation Of EPA Nominee Looks Likely

Submitted by Brendan Szendro on Tue, 2013-07-02 14:51.

As the U.S. Senate prepares for Gina McCarthy's hearing, signs point to her confirmation as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

McCarthy's Confirmation by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had been delayed by partisanship.McCarthy's Confirmation by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had been delayed by partisanship.McCarthy would replace Lisa Jackson, who resigned last February.

The stretch without a permanent administrator -- now approaching 140 days -- is the longest in the EPA's history. McCarthy's nomination confirmation is also the longest in the EPA's history, at 120 days and counting. 

Reports, however, indicate that the Senate will vote to block a possible filibuster, and that the majority of the Senate's 52 Democrats and two independents will support McCarthy, who needs 51 votes to pass. 

McCarthy's hearing comes just weeks after the Senate unanimously confirmed former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Foxx, who was sworn in on Tuesday, is replacing retiring Secretary Ray LaHood. LaHood was an adamant advocate of greener infrastructure and cleaner transportation. Foxx has also been involved in a number of transportation projects during his time as mayor.


 

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