Overcoming obstacles is just another day’s work for Gina McCarthy.
On July 18, 2013, Gina McCarthy finally got her vote and was confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Conservatives held up her confirmation for 136 days, a record for any EPA administrator.
Ms McCarthy was forced to answer more than 1,100 questions, another record. Audaciously, Senate Republicans claimed she’d been “unresponsive” and boycotted her hearing.
The vote to confirm was 59-40, with six Republicans joining all but one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, in supporting McCarthy.
Ms McCarthy headed EPA’s air pollution office since 2009. Supporters from both parties praised her as a consensus builder who drove environmental policy under five Republican governors, including Mitt Romney in Massachusetts.
According to a White House official, “Gina McCarthy has decades of experience implementing sensible and achievable standards which protect the air we breathe and save lives, all while supporting a strong economy.”
We wish her well in her new job and in the air pollution challenges facing our nation — climate change, new regulations on power plant emissions, biofuels production, and enforcement of clean air laws. Be responsive, Ms McCarthy, to health and safety for people and our planet.
Gina McCarthy Confirmed As EPA Head By Senate Vote 7/18/2013 Huffington Post
New EPA chief Gina McCarthy will take on sweeping climate agenda 7/18/2013 Politico
EPA Official Was Romney’s ‘Green Quarterback’ 5/29/2013 National Journal
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GOP Senator Calls White House EPA Pick “Unresponsive” After She Answers Hundreds Of His Questions 5/8/2013 BuzzFeed