GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee
President Barack Obama in March nominated assistant EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.
May 16th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee

(CNN) - Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who last week boycotted a committee vote on Gina McCarthy to be President Obama's administrator of the EPA, will attend another vote scheduled Thursday after getting assurances from the agency that it will answer several questions posed by Republicans, a GOP committee aide told CNN.

EPA "committed to make some effort to follow up on the EPW Republicans five transparency requests," said Luke Bolar, an aide to Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the committee.

Last week's boycott frustrated committee Democrats who, with one of their own members out sick, could not get a quorum without at least two Republicans present. To get around that problem this week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, planned to travel to DC for the vote despite an ongoing illness.

It's not clear if the lifting of the boycott will translate into GOP votes for McCarthy, who is currently an assistant administrator at the agency.

A committee vote is scheduled for noon.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was among those who tried on a pair of the new glasses. In an email, a representative for Bachmann told ABC News that the congresswoman enjoyed trying on Google Glass because she "likes being ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative technology" and believes "it is a testament to just how much the industry has evolved."
    Bachmann's first query when trying on the glasses? The Drudge Report.

    Michele Bachmann / Mother Jones 2016

    May 16, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Data Driven

    She'll be confirmed on a party-line vote but I don't particularly care about this story enough to comment on it. What I would like to suggest is that the Ticker either allow comments, or DON'T. What's with all the "closed" stories and open boxes for comments that never see the light of day? Or is this part of the new "fair and balanced" bias that this desperate network is so clearly cultivating? "How many millions do the Obamas have" indeed.

    May 16, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Of course they won't. They have much bigger fish to fry. They have impeachment proceedings to prepare for. I bet McCain and Graham were dancing around naked this morning. Probably together....

    May 16, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    I know that I am not alone in being extremely fed up with the GOPs stalling tactics and obstruction. They constantly complain about the Administration and then do everything in their power to delay President Obama from filling empty positions in his Administration. This has gone beyond ridiculous. 2014 can't get here soon enough. They have made it quite obvious that the only way we will get anything accomplished in our country, is to get rid of these, so called, representatives of the people. The only thing they represent anymore are themselves and their political best interests, not the peoples' best interests.

    May 16, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Thomas

    Michele Bachmann / Mother Jones 2016
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    Ummmmmm... Thomas, since your best friend evidently hasn't told you, it's probably time someone did. Your little signoffs – like the one above – well, they're just not funny.

    May 16, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. rs

    It was a filibuster- a number somewhere north of number 460 for the last 5 years.

    The GOP- the do-nothing party. Nothing for America, nothing for the President, Nothing for citizens.

    May 16, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Data Driven
    What I would like to suggest is that the Ticker either allow comments, or DON'T. What's with all the "closed" stories and open boxes for comments that never see the light of day? Or is this part of the new "fair and balanced" bias that this desperate network is so clearly cultivating?
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    Data Driven please get out of my head!

    May 16, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I know Rick Scott can't be too happy about this.

    May 16, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. lottie

    the GOP just plan sucks and they need to get their stuff together. Tired of all their childish games. Boycotts, investigations Fillabusters and all.

    May 16, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. PaulCat

    Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana shouldn't mention the word "Transparency."

    This week he had a town hall meeting (By Phone).

    The callers were interviewed first. They only put through the calls that agreed with his viewpoint.

    One caller asked him why he's never on the Sunday's talk shows. He did admit to being on Fox at one time.

    What I heard on the line, there are still some old David Duke supporters down South and David Vitter kept feeding them more Red meat.

    May 16, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Um, Yes,
    We do need an Eviromental Adminstrator. Wasn't it Nancy Pelosi that said we were going to drain the Swamp in Washington? Maybe this nominee can get the job done. I am optomistic!

    May 16, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Did I say Rick Scott? I meant Rick Perry. You know, the "I want to dismantle ummmmmmm, I forgot the 3rd one" governor.

    May 16, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Pete

    Yah Chaffetz saying basicly no comment about possible impeachment proceedings against Pres.Obama and then when questioned again he's skirts the issue that he's been drooling over for months since this dog and pony show about Benghazi been going on...He's just waiting for his chance to stick his political knife in Pres.Obamas back as a true republican patriot if that what he thinks he is...Just a word of causion that's its been evident that republicans eat their own as well when the chips are down,just an innocent warning from a democrate who sees the republicans for who they are in treasonistic morons, a drain on Americas values, morals and ethics as well!!

    May 16, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    @Data Driven and Dominican Mama.

    Both of you get out of MY head.......

    May 16, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The right wing does not believe in protecting the environment.
    They view the environment as a free resource to be exploited.

    May 16, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    @Data Driven and Dominican Mama.

    Both of you get out of MY head.......
    -------------------------------------------------
    LOL!

    May 16, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    The EPA has been costing America millions of JOBS! It is imperative that their excessive demands on business, be brought under control, if our people are going to have any chance of finding work.

    May 16, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Did I say Rick Scott? I meant Rick Perry. You know, the "I want to dismantle ummmmmmm, I forgot the 3rd one" governor.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rick Scott, Rick Perry, Rick James...we knew exactly whom you meant.
    I wonder if the shi t is still blwowing up all over Texas...literally.

    May 16, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Me

    lottie

    the GOP just plan sucks and they need to get their stuff together. Tired of all their childish games. Boycotts, investigations Fillabusters and all.
    ______________________

    Of course you don't want any investigations, the government has unlimited power according to your party!!!!!!!!! Get real!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    Boycott; filibuster; no, no, no. They are a waste of space and undeserving of the money and benefits they receive.

    May 16, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Me

    @jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?
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    LOL How did the special election go for you libs??? A Republican was elected even after an AFFAIR and buy a VERY LARGE margin, I think you are completely wrong and the proof is in the last election!!! Libs will LOSE the senate in 2014 and presidency in 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUE American's are sick of government trying to take over every aspect of our lives!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    May 16, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Me

    @jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?
    ______________________________________
    LOL How did the special election go for you libs??? A Republican was elected even after an AFFAIR and by a VERY LARGE margin, I think you are completely wrong and the proof is in the last election!!! Libs will LOSE the senate in 2014 and presidency in 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUE American's are sick of government trying to take over every aspect of our lives!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rick Scott, Rick Perry, Rick James...we knew exactly whom you meant.
    I wonder if the shi t is still blwowing up all over Texas...literally.
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    It's not blowing up now, but it's literally blowing around after those twisters last night. It can't be climate change though Guvna Perry.(add sarcasm)

    May 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |