Reid Files Cloture on McCarthy Nomination; July 16 Vote Likely

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a cloture motion July 11 for Gina McCarthy, President Obama's nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, setting up a confirmation vote that probably will occur July 16."

"The move by Reid to file cloture on McCarthy as well as six other stalled nominees comes as Reid threatened to move forward with the so-called nuclear option, changing Senate rules to allow nominees to be confirmed with just 51 votes if Republicans try to block the nominations.

In addition to McCarthy, Reid also filed cloture on the nominations of Richard Cordray, Obama's nominee for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez; Fred P. Hochberg to serve a second term as head of the Export-Import Bank; and three members of the National Labor Relations Board."

Ari Natter reports for Bloomberg BNA's Environment Reporter July 12, 2013.

Source: BNA, 07/15/2013