Boxer resets vote on EPA nominee May 16

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), sent a letter to Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member, regarding the rescheduled business meeting to consider the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  EPW Committee Republicans boycotted the previous scheduled meeting on May 9.

 The full text of the letter is below:

 May 10, 2013 

Dear Senator Vitter:

A business meeting of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) to consider Gina McCarthy’s nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been rescheduled for May 16 at 12:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, the May 9 business meeting on this important nomination was boycotted by the EPW Minority members.

Gina is a highly qualified nominee.  She has a demonstrated record of working with Republicans and Democrats, including four Republican Governors and a Democratic President.  She has received support from businesses, health officials, environmental organizations, and scientists.  We need her strong, bipartisan, common-sense approach to lead the EPA. 

As of the date of the upcoming business meeting, this nomination will have been delayed at your request for four weeks.  It is time to move forward with her nomination.  I hope you will attend. 


 Barbara Boxer


Environment and Public Works Committee

CC: EPW Committee Minority Members



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