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Hold on Obama’s EPA Nominee Might Be Lifted This Week

Blunt holding up Gina McCarthy's nod after Vitter lifted his filibuster threat.

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Bill Straub

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July 14, 2013 - 12:06 am
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WASHINGTON – A dispute over a local flood-control project appears to be the only issue standing in the way of a Senate confirmation vote on Gina McCarthy, the White House nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) remains dissatisfied with the Obama administration’s approach to the long-delayed Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project near Bird’s Point on the Mississippi River and has placed a hold on a floor vote. Officials maintain the clash should be resolved relatively soon and the McCarthy vote likely will occur next week.

The Blunt hold comes on the heels of steps taken by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who threatened to filibuster the McCarthy confirmation vote unless the EPA agreed to several requests regarding agency transparency.

Vitter announced Tuesday that he was satisfied with the agency’s efforts to address his concerns and said he would not block confirmation from moving ahead.

“I’ve had very productive conversations with EPA over the last several weeks and believe the agency has taken significant steps forward on our five transparency requests,” Vitter said. “These are huge, significant steps forward to bringing transparency to the agency and I see no further reason to block Gina McCarthy’s nomination and I’ll support moving to an up-or-down vote on her nomination.”

The McCarthy nomination is one of a handful of confirmation votes backed up on the Senate schedule because of Republican concerns. Obama’s nomination of Thomas E. Perez to serve as Labor secretary remains stalled, along with Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Board. A handful of White House appointments to the National Labor Relations Board also remain mired.

Several of those nominations are contentious and won’t be easily resolved. Continuing delays have led Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, to reconsider changing the upper chamber’s rules to make it easier to work around minority party objections and bring nominations to a vote.

Currently, nominees to key posts are subject to filibuster, meaning they require 60 votes for approval. Majority Democrats now control 54 seats including two independents, meaning they can’t muster sufficient support to slide a nominee through.

Reid met with the Democratic caucus on Thursday with the nominations issue on the agenda.

Democrats at the outset of the 113th Congress internally debated whether to impose what has come to be known as the “nuclear option,” a change in Senate rules that would prohibit filibusters on executive nominations. Reid demurred and instead adopted modest changes that made it easier to open consideration. He vowed not to seek further rules changes if the GOP cooperated.

Since then the GOP has attempted to filibuster the nomination of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and slowed the progress of other potential administration officials.

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Start calling these appointees what they most closely resemble, commissars.
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McCarthy another member of the Irish mafia and union thugs is appointed to the Obama regime which had its origin in the swamp of the Daley Irish goons. Drink that green beer Dems and continue swaggering through your corrupt government.
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Demsters are controlled by BIG labor and radical leftist groups. Therefore, ANY nominee put forth is going to be radical to a degree most patriots would be appalled by.

The fact of the matter is that ALL of Obama In's appointments, to one degree or another, are seeking to deconstruct/transform the economy - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/07/barack-hussein-obamas-deconstruction-plans-green-wise-via-the-economy-disarming-the-citizens-via-gun-control-connecting-the-dots-addendum-to-the-second-term-plans-of-an-obama-presidency-c/. And the most efficient path is through the 'green' one. Hence, regardless of this or that 'promise', Repubs must know that by agreeing to confirm they are acceding to America's economic implosion.

Bottom Line: the Demsters are in the pocket of anti-American forces. The rest is just smoke and mirrors.

Sometimes being an 'obstructionist' is the most patriotic thing to do.
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"the EPA agreed to several requests regarding agency transparency."

Didn't Obama promise over 4 years ago to have the most transparent administration in history? Anybody got a bridge to sell? Check with Senator Vitter. Apparently he'll buy anything.
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