The ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Tuesday he would no longer block the nomination of Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy to head that agency and would support a vote on the Senate floor without a filibuster.
Sen. David Vitter (La.) said he had changed his position after “major progress” was made on five demands he and other committee Republicans made of the EPA.
“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,” Vitter said in a statement on his Web site.
McCarthy, the EPA’s assistant administrator in charge of air and radiation, still faces a hold on her nomination from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Blunt said he is not satisfied that the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agree on facts about a floodway project in his state.