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.
Thomas Perez’s nomination for U.S. labor secretary is running into mounting opposition from Senate Republicans, with some saying confirmation might be at risk. A committee vote on the nomination was delayed for a week.
After working 37 years in the coal mines of West Virginia, Ronny Justice punctuates his sentences with coughs. He lost his job a year ago, leaving him without health insurance just as he’s battling the early stages of black-lung disease.