"Senate Panel Advances Nominee for E.P.A."

"WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Environment and Public Works Committee voted to clear Ms. McCarthy by 10-to-8 along strictly partisan lines, sending the nomination to the Senate floor where Republicans are threatening to filibuster unless the E.P.A. meets demands for additional information.

The Democrats on the panel, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer of California, were able to muster a majority through the presence of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, the ailing New Jersey Democrat who has been largely absent from the Senate in recent weeks."

John M. Broder reports for the New York Times May 16, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Senate Committee Approves Obama’S Nomination of Gina McCarthy To Head EPA" (Washington Post)

"Dems Mull 'Nuclear Option' on Filibuster To Move EPA Nominee McCarthy" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Senate Panel Approves EPA Nominee" (Wall St. Journal)

"The Facts Behind Senator Vitter’s Bogus Campaign Against EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy" (Think Progress)

"McCarthy, A Regulator Who Worked for Moderate Republicans, Faces a Senate Without Many -- and With An Aversion To Regs" (E&E Daily)

"Two-Decade-Old Harvard Data Confounds U.S. EPA Nomination" (Bloomberg)

Source: NY Times, 05/17/2013