"Saying she hopes Republicans on the panel will attend, Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer announced plans for a second attempt to vote on the 'important nomination' of Gina McCarthy to head U.S. EPA."
"The California Democrat announced late Friday that the panel will meet Thursday to once again try to send McCarthy's nomination to the Senate floor, a week after a Republican boycott scuttled the first attempt. Whether Republicans show up for this markup remains to be seen but is ultimately irrelevant.
With an appearance from New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the Democrats on the panel will be able to advance the nomination on their own. Lautenberg, who has been ill in his home state, was not able to appear last week, but a spokesman said he does plan to make it to the vote this week."