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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 11, 2013 7:57 PM Flag

    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate showdown looms on EPA nominee


    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate showdown looms on EPA nominee

    By Ben Geman and Zack Colman - 07/11/13 06:16 PM ET

    One EPA saga might end soon ...

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday set the clock ticking toward a vote on Gina McCarthy, who was nominated by President Obama to run the Environmental Protection Agency back in early March.

    Reid filed for cloture on McCarthy, a procedural step that sets up a likely vote Tuesday on the nominee, who is currently the EPA’s top air pollution regulator.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Thursday that McCarthy has more than the 60 votes needed to beat back a filibuster.

    But McCarthy is moving toward a vote amid a huge and fluid Senate procedural battle. Reid is threatening to trigger the “nuclear option” to have Democrats change Senate rules to bar filibusters of White House nominations.

    Click here, here and here for more coverage of the explosive battle over the filibuster rules and nominations coming to a head early next week.

    ... but others will rise to take its place

    Even if McCarthy avoids “nuclear” fallout, her confirmation would ensure she remains a target of intense GOP criticism.

    The EPA, under Obama’s plan for second-term climate actions, has committed to regulating carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants.

    Capitol Hill Republicans are likely to renew efforts to thwart the regulations. And while they probably lack the votes, Republicans will also seek chances to train the spotlight on climate rules they allege will hurt the economy.

    Case in point: The GOP is criticizing Democratic plans for a Senate hearing on climate change that lacks Obama administration witnesses. Click here and here for more.

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