Gina McCarthy won the support of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in the second party-line vote in a day on a cabinet-level nominee of President Barack Obama.
A Senate panel approved the nomination of Thomas Perez to be labor secretary, advancing President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed Hilda Solis as the nation’s top labor-law enforcer to the full U.S. Senate where Republican opposition is building.
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee blocked a vote on confirming Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency by boycotting a meeting called to consider the nomination.
There may be no government action more universally reviled in the U.S. than bank bailouts. Republicans and Democrats, financial industry lobbyists and watchdogs, Wall Street executives and President Barack Obama say taxpayers should never again rescue a failing bank.