Senate set to confirm Obama’s EPA nominee?

posted at 7:21 pm on July 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Sen. Vitter, the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced last week that he was dropping his opposition to President Obama’s pick of Gina McCarthy to head up the Environmental Protection Agency, asserting that the Obama administration had finally coughed up on some of his demands and that “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.” The Hill reports that the Senate at large is prepared to follow suit when her vote comes up on Tuesday:

The Senate is slated to vote at long last on Gina McCarthy, nominated by President Obama nominated four months ago to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a slew of executive branch nominees as the battle over filibuster rules comes to a head.

McCarthy is expected to win confirmation once the Senate gets around to voting.

Whether it was really the Obama administration abiding by some of the Senate Republicans’ transparency requests, however, or merely a matter of Senate Republicans picking their battles ahead of the snowballing fight over what looks like Majority Leader Harry Reid’s increasing willingness to trigger the “nuclear option” of altering Senate procedure to limit minority rights, who knows. The one major caveat to McCarthy’s apparently forthcoming confirmation, as The Hill adds, is that McCarthy’s nomination is now part of the Senate’s ensuing kung fu death match between the Democrats’ threat of going ahead with said nuclear option and Republicans’ fierce opposition to Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — and as of earlier today, it doesn’t sound like the letup on McCarthy’s EPA nomination was doing anything to quell Reid’s newfound determination. From the WSJ:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said that unless Republican senators allow up or down votes on seven presidentially nominated officials beginning Tuesday, he and fellow Democrats intend to go through with a rule change that would strip the power of Republicans to filibuster certain confirmations.

Mr. Reid said Monday he had the backing of the Democratic caucus, indicating there was little room for negotiation with the GOP on eliminating the 60-vote threshold needed to reach a final vote on cabinet secretaries and other executive-branch nominees. He would seek passage of a rule changing that to 51 votes—the same number needed for confirmation, and one that could easily be reached if the Democratic majority in the Senate backed a nominee.

“Right now the Senate is broken and needs to be fixed,” Mr. Reid said in a speech at the liberal-leaning think tank Center for American Progress in Washington.

Oh, boy. This type of bulldozing is now going to go over well, an as Byron York argues, that could very well set the stage for nuclear winter. If Reid thinks the GOP is being so damnably “obstructionist” now, just wait for it:

Given all that, some Democrats argue that things can’t get much worse. But they can.

For example, nearly everything the Senate does requires that senators first agree to direct the body’s attention to this or that subject. That is usually done through a routine procedure called unanimous consent. But if just one senator wants to stop things, he or she can.

“Most people underestimate the importance of unanimous consent and how it will, if denied, slow down the operations of the Senate, perhaps to a halt,” says John Cornyn, the number-two ranking Republican in the Senate. “I can foresee a circumstance where every time there is an effort to do something on the floor, there is going to be an objection, and that will string out for a long time.”

If Reid goes ahead with his threat, Republicans will certainly shut down the Senate for a while; a nuclear winter will follow the nuclear option. But that is just a temporary matter. Far more serious is the GOP retaliation that is sure to come at some point in the future.


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Kind of an elderly fella isn’t he?

trs on July 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Come on guys …no abortion thread? I want to say hi to THuja and ARmin.

CW on July 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Isn’t this another vicious leftwing nutcase like the fellow who just quit Homeland Security?

pat on July 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

What the Hades IS that?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Hipster?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Isn’t this another vicious leftwing nutcase like the fellow who just quit Homeland Security?

pat on July 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

She’s green and I believe married to a….. guy.

CW on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Ummm…Senator Vitter?

They lied to you.

Liam on July 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Apparently Reid has put the fear of God in the Republicans so they’ll let the radical, out of the mainstream, nominees Obama has sent them, move ahead.

bflat879 on July 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Reid let his natural color out?

Electrongod on July 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Does he find them or do them find him?

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Tell me again………is that picture of a man or a woman?

avagreen on July 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Might as well fill up the entire cabinet with rotten scud balls.

rplat on July 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

He/She?

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Abolish the EPA !

listens2glenn on July 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Byron York is assuming, falsely, that the GOP Senators, at least en masse, have the fortitude to shut it down. Perhaps Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, or Tim Johnson…maybe.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

…Republicans will certainly shut down the Senate for a while; a nuclear winter will follow the nuclear option. But that is just a temporary matter. Far more serious is the GOP retaliation that is sure to come at some point in the future.

Really? the repubs ‘retaliate’?…

They will cave as always, we no longer have a 2 party system, it’s dem/lib/prog heavy and repub/dem lite…

I am laughing so hard my sides hurt.

Don’t make me laugh again!!

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Geez–Not another one!

Bullhead on July 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Might as well fill up the entire cabinet with rotten scud balls.

rplat on July 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Exactly what they are doing right now, over 1500 O appointees appointed since he’s been in office…

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

What the Hades IS that?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Somthing beyond our comprehension, outta the Twilight Zone ;D

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Husband, Kenneth McCarey, works from home as a Salesman at Sunshine Bouquet (whole sale florist).
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kenneth-mccarey/a/17/140

Kinduv a mismatch, it seems to me. ??

avagreen on July 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM

MeanWhile………………………….

Senate filibuster rules debate, 2013

97 senators arrive for rare joint caucus on filibuster rules – @thehill

37 mins ago from thehill.com by editor
==========================================

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/311135-nearly-all-senators-return-for-joint-caucus-to-avoid-nuclear-option#ixzz2Z9t1jN9G

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I’m sick to death of the use of the term “broken” to describe any alleged problem that the speaker is attempting to bamboozle the American public with. Does anyone remember “gravitas?” Well I guess I need to go “kick and can down the road” before any budget cuts become “devastating”.

Mason on July 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Is that Pat from SNL ?

He/She has aged a bit.

DeweyWins on July 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Results for #filibuster

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23filibuster&src=hash

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

What is that? No, seriously.

echosyst on July 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Who is the dude?

southernms on July 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

And so it begins, a fight to the dearth of us all.

Nuke ‘em all!! / ;) Then bulldoze ‘em outta there…

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

This has become the Administration of sexual and political perverts!!! No wonder the other countries are ridiculing and laughing at us!

Jersey Dan on July 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The GOP should block every Obama bill and nominee. Party of NO? HELL YES!!

nazo311 on July 15, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Harry Reid: Filibuster ‘Shouldn’t Be Abused’ /Mustn’t be abused…ever! Do your job, Senator. #filibuster http://zite.to/17598c2 via @zite

Reid: Filibuster ‘Shouldn’t Be Abused’
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a taped television interview Tuesday that abuse of the filibuster must end, but added that he still held out hope for a deal with Republicans. “I…

Right Sen. Reid, it shouldn’t be abused but you will step up to the plate won’t you you damned snake in the grass…

* Spit *

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I have forced myself to watch Reid on C-Span…

Makes me want to heave…

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

McConnell up now…

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Gina McCarthy, 2010» I didn’t sit around & wait for congressional action to regulate climate change
*********************************

“But I will tell you that I didn’t go to Washington to sit around and wait for congressional action. Never done that before, and don’t plan to in the future. EPA’s administrator Lisa Jackson didn’t sit around so that she could look at the law and decide it was inconvenient to follow it. Or listen to the science and say, ‘You know, that might get me into trouble, so I ain’t going where the science tells me.’ What she actually said when she got there is that I’m going to listen to the law and I’m going where science is driving us, and that is why the EPA put forward just last December what we call the endangerment finding,” McCarthy said.
(More………………..)
===========================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpIfvkLUiuE

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Gina McCarthy is an American public administrator and an environmental health and air quality expert, currently assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is known for her dedication to “common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment”. On March 4, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA. Confirmation hearings started April 11, 2013. If confirmed, she would become the face of Obama’s climate change initiative. Her nomination is expected to come under close scrutiny.

A Boston native, McCarthy has worked on environmental issues at the state and local levels and has developed policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment. In her twenty-five years in public administration, she has been an environmental advisor to five Massachusetts governors, including former Governor Mitt Romney. From 2004 to 2009 she was commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. In this capacity she implemented a regional policy to trade carbon credits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

According to some observers, Obama’s selection of McCarthy confirms that he is serious about battling climate change. Daniel Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy at American University, says: “Her nomination signals that the president really wants to deliver on his State of the Union objectives to take serious action on climate change.” Despite speculation that this will affect Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Fiorino believes that this doesn’t affect the dynamics of the Keystone decision significantly as other considerations are paramount, but adds: “… she knows air and climate issues very well and she’s a very strong environmentalist.” The EPA is one of the federal agencies that will advise the Obama administration on the proposed pipeline, “a project that would carry millions of barrels of bitumen a week from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast”.

(snip)

A longtime civil servant, McCarthy has held her current position as assistant administrator, U.S. EPA from 2009 to present. Prior to 2009, she was commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, 2004–2009. She has held several top positions in the civil service of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including deputy secretary, Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, 2003–2004 and undersecretary for policy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 1999–2003.

McCarthy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology in 1976. In 1981 she received a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.

The Sierra Club is all over getting her confirmed;

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10787&s_src=713GBAZZ01

To me, this translates to “new ‘deep-green’ fanatic, same as the old ‘deep-green’ fanatic”.

Don’t expect “market-based solutions”- or even rationality, for that matter.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Gina McCarthy » Regulations Will Target Coal and Petroleum Power Plants
******

During the speech at Georgetown University Law Center, McCarthy said:

“Now, let’s talk a little bit about carbon pollution standard for new power plants which I like to call “future power plants” so there is a bit of a distinction and really what we’re talking about regulating is future power plants. As you know, in March of 2012, EPA announced the first ever carbon pollution standard for future fossil fuel fired power plants. Power plants,

as you know account for about 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions,

that’s why we are paying attention to power plants. They are actually the single largest source of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

The proposed standard would ensure that future power plants use modern technology so they limit their carbon pollution. The proposal includes a flexible compliance program to facilitate the use of carbon capture storage and technology by future coal and petroleum power plants. Now, the common sense proposal reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector- to build cleaner plants that take advantage of modern technologies and fuels that are produced in the United States, and it would ensure that current progress continues toward a cleaner, safer, and modern power supply system.”She continued, “The agency is currently reading the one or two million comments we have received on that proposal- we actually have received over two million comments on that proposal. We are giving each of those comments their due considerations so we make forward that we move forward with this rule, that we get this rule right.”
(More……………………..)
================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7UDw9w2Wl0

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Senate Meeting on “Nuclear Option” for Voting Rule Changes

C-SPAN Coverage of Senate Meeting on Filibuster Rules: Live Now on C-SPAN2

LIVE FEED:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-to-Meet-on-Nuclear-Option-for-Voting-Rule-Changes/10737440428-11/

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

And so it begins, a fight to the dearth of us all.

Nuke ‘em all!! / ;) Then bulldoze ‘em outta there…

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Scrumpy:D*mn straight———————————:O

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Maybe we can fix Gina McCarthy with the person formerly known as “Big Sis.” A marriage made in hell.

bw222 on July 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Honestly, if you put her next to Al Franken……

herm2416 on July 15, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I’m sorry, but I didn’t look at the person’s name and I’m really at a loss here.

Is that a HE or a SHE? I honestly can’t tell from that pic.

Meople on July 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Thank you for the link!!

Good to have you back on duty!! ;D

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Oh NO,,shut down the Senate,,,,How will we ever survive.

retiredeagle on July 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM

They have been in closed session for a little more than 2 hrs now, expected to soon come to a close, some expected to speak at the podium…

Live on C-Span… see link above :)

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Thank you for the link!!

Good to have you back on duty!! ;D

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Scrumpy:Amen on that,hers this tidbit!:)
========================================

*NN exclusive: Zimmerman juror says she believed it was Zimmerman’s voice that was heard screaming for help in 911 calls – @cnnbrk

14 mins ago from twitter.com/*nnbrk by feed
================================================

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Kasie Hunt ‏@kasie 7m

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “it’s halftime in there.” He’s taking a bathroom break from long filibuster meeting.

https://twitter.com/LisaMascaroinDC

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I clicked into this thread to make a comment about the creepy dude in the picture, but it appears all the witty comments have been posted already.

Stupid job gets in the way of me posting in a timely fashion!

Splashman on July 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Splashman on July 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Say it anyway!! ;)

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Ed O’Keefe ‏@edatpost 2m

The l#increased level of activity outside the Old Senate Chamber suggests we are near the #filibuster meeting’s conclusion

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23filibuster&src=hash

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:33 PM

One dumb caller on C-Span said somthing along the lines of, ‘the white man won’t allow the black man his appointees’…

Fer crying out loud!!

YOU are an imbicile…

A perfect example of what is so wrong with this country…

IDJIT!!

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I thought Eugene McCarty passed away.

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Is that a HE or a SHE? I honestly can’t tell from that pic.

Meople on July 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

It’s Pat’s brother…or sister.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xl4bbe_saturday-night-live-pat-at-the-drugstore_fun#.UeSWMay0TE0

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

A perfect example of what is so wrong with this country…

IDJIT!!

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Scrumpy:Lol,

…………the Democrat Phone Line,haha!!:)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Meople on July 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

It’s Pat’s brother…or sister.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xl4bbe_saturday-night-live-pat-at-the-drugstore_fun#.UeSWMay0TE0

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

BuckeyeSam:

I’m betting the farm,its a “IT”!:)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Clarence Johnson ‏@Bigjayec 21s

#cspanChat The last Republican made sense, I think his name was Joe. The cabinet should be 51 votes

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cspanCHAT&src=hash

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Vitter is a fool if he thinks this administration is concerned about his ‘transparency’ requests.

GarandFan on July 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Kind of an elderly fella isn’t he?

trs on July 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

He looks quite stout, though.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Does this (whatever it is) ‘person’ have a friggin’ CLUE as to what goes into designing and fabricating a POWER PLANT? Say something on the order of 2 to 5 gigawatts? Hummm?
The capital necessary? To paraphrase Sen. Dirkson … ‘A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking real money.’

Oh that’s right, King Putt will simply keep PRINTING MORE paper so that it becomes worth less and less such that our great grandchildren will be saddled with it the crushing debt. Hell, they don’t know it yet but the next generation will be labled Generation Permanent Debt. Try that label on Manure Spreading Media.

Missilengr on July 15, 2013 at 8:48 PM

What are the chances it is a Lesbo?

stenwin77 on July 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

S/he looks like she is a “no nonsense” sorta person. Is it just irony that her gay husbands business relies on his vegetation getting a healthy piece of that carbon pollution?

BL@KBIRD on July 15, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Shutting down the Senate?!?!!!eleventy!!!!

How can the US function? That would be nearly as bad as a sequester.
(Shudder)

connertown on July 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

…they are all like that!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Why does the Obama administration make me think of this:

[12] They shall name it No Kingdom There,
and all its princes shall be nothing.
[13] Thorns shall grow over its strongholds,
nettles and thistles in its fortresses.
It shall be the haunt of jackals,
an abode for ostriches.
[14] And wild beasts shall meet with hyenas,
the satyr shall cry to his fellow;
yea, there shall the night hag alight,
and find for herself a resting place.
[15] There shall the owl nest and lay
and hatch and gather her young in her shadow;
yea, there shall the kites be gathered,
each one with her mate.

Isaiah 34: 12-15

Cleombrotus on July 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Senate filibuster rules debate, 2013

Senate meeting on filibuster rules concludes; talks among leaders continue on stalled Obama nominations – @AP

6 mins ago by editor

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

trs on July 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I spit my Diet Coke out on that one… LOL

dpduq on July 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency is an organization that we know will seriously injure our economy at some point in the future–just as economically informed people understood that long-run implication of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was disaster in 2001. The trouble is that the CFPA was deliberately set up to avoid Congressional oversight, by a funding mechanism which comes out of the Fed, not Congress. Thus, there is essentially no Congressional brake on this economy destroying monster. The only way we can avoid future disaster is to strip the CFPA of its filibuster protection by not permitting bill on it to be filibustered. It’s really important we make it clear that we will retaliate against these appointment by making voting on the CFPA only require a majority of 51 in the Senate.

thuja on July 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Here is how I see it:

1) One ugly, ugly, ugly lesbian

2) One ugly, ugly, ugly dude

My pick is (1). No guy would go out in public looking like that without a hat.

Bubba Redneck on July 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I take that back . . . Uncle Paul would.

Bubba Redneck on July 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM

CALL HIS BLUFF!!!!!!!!!!

A nuclear winter means no legislation is passed. The less these bozos do the better off we all are.

Bubba Redneck on July 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

So…the administration of closeted gay, half-white/part black Hawaiian choomster Barry Obama now consists of a bunch of mostly-white “black” people with little talent or experience at anything except corruption and failure, a bunch of really butch lesbians, a bunch of people he hired to keep quiet about his various failures and crimes, a couple of the stupidest RINO/Republicans he could find, and the balance socialists and various kook-fringe ideologues.

This was the administration that openly gay David Brooks breathlessly awaited as “the valedictorian administration” or something…right?

Jaibones on July 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Surely, we could do a little better than commenting on the attractiveness of a woman appointee.

Sounding homophobic may not be the best strategy to winning in 2014 and 2016. Anyway, there are many heterosexual late middle aged women who look like this women.

Let’s put our bigotry where it belongs: against fat people!

thuja on July 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Looking at the picture, I can’t tell if it’s a woman or a man. After reading the sex, I keep wondering why barryO seems to pick females who look like this? Napolitano, Kagen, Lisa Jackson, Anita Dunn, Sotomeyer, Sally Jewell, Hillary.
The males he appoints seems to be “girly men.”

lonestar1 on July 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

thuja on July 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I take offense at your comment as a late middle-aged woman.

We don’t cut our hair in such a butchy-style that we can be mistaken for a man, and then wear absolutely no makeup when we go out in public, to the point onlookers can’t tell if we are male or female.

BZZZT! You’re wrong.

You’re definitely male.
A woman would know better.

avagreen on July 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

lonestar1 on July 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

I’ve wondered the same myself.

I’m guessing that in his metrosexual world, someone has got to do the heavy lifting. Apparently, he doesn’t think males are equipped for that. Butchy women are.

Telling.

avagreen on July 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Senate set to confirm Obama’s EPA nominee ..

… pending the results of its gender verification test.

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I take offense at your comment as a late middle-aged woman.

We don’t cut our hair in such a butchy-style that we can be mistaken for a man, and then wear absolutely no makeup when we go out in public, to the point onlookers can’t tell if we are male or female.

BZZZT! You’re wrong.

You’re definitely male.
A woman would know better.

avagreen on July 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Well, you’ve played the woman card, so I’ll just admit I’m wrong. That’s how it is supposed to work in conservative circles, right?

thuja on July 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

If the rule is changed to 51 votes for administration appointees, then Republicans will have to use that standard too, it still does not solve the problem of one party holding the White House and the other party in Majority in the Senate.

What really is needed is accountability to Congress, which they are not getting, and they have no way to put into place. They are not getting to review the work of the administration because there is no sunlight, they drag their feet on requests for information and write regulations and change enforcement of laws without the approval of congress. At present the only way to keep them from doing what republicans disapprove of is to not let the nominee get at it in the first place. So, with this change must come some other regular avenue of check and balance, information to the congress, and requirement that they approve of major actions. EPA regulations. New rules written behind closed doors on Obamacare; Dodd Frank; changes at the Pentagon.

Fleuries on July 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Gina McCarthy is perfect for the EPA. Looks like a mutant who was deformed by environmental pollution.

Hermeticus on July 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM