U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced July 9 that he would not block Gina McCarthy’s nomination to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after “very productive conversations” with the agency over the last several weeks. McCarthy is currently head of the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation.
Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to the EPA on May 16 with five transparency requests and stated that he would support handling McCarthy’s nomination without a filibuster if progress was made in those areas. Tuesday, he said he saw “no further reason to block Gina McCarthy’s nomination.”
Republicans on the committee had boycotted a vote to send McCarthy’s nomination to the full Senate on May 9. The vote was rescheduled and the nomination was sent to the full Senate with a 10-8 vote along party lines on May 16.