The U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee voted to move the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the full Senate, 10-8, along party lines.
Committee Republicans boycotted the previously scheduled vote on May 9. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) said the decision to lift the boycott shortly before the vote came after progress was made in speaking with acting EPA administrator Bob Perciasepe on “five key requests” about the agency’s operations.
No date has yet been set to vote on McCarthy’s nomination. According to reports, the Boston native and current head of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, could face some degree of opposition during the vote.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) is keeping a hold on McCarthy’s nomination in a disagreement over a Mississippi River levee system. Without a lift of this hold, McCarthy would need the approval of 60 of 100 senators to earn her nomination.