Senate panel to grill EPA administrator McCarthy

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday.

McCarthy is testifying on the EPA’s proposed regulation of carbon emissions at U.S. power plants. The administration’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over 15 years.

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Republicans have accused the EPA of waging a “war on coal,” because the regulation would mostly affect coal-fired power plants.

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee will be examining the U.S. tax code at a hearing titled, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It or Reform It!”

Lawmakers are working to reform and extend parts of the tax code by the end of the year.

Details on these and other Senate hearings follow:

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

- July 23, “Meeting the Challenges of Feeding America’s School Children”

9:30 a.m., 328A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- July 23, “The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S.1340): Improving Consumer Protections for Cruise Passengers”

2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

- July 22, “Leveraging America's Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator”

10:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “Nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to be Deputy Secretary of Energy”

10 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Environment and Public Works

- July 23, “Oversight Hearing: EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants”

9:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- July 22, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It or Reform It!”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “Social Security: A Fresh Look at Workers’ Disability Insurance

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- July 22, “UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

10 a.m., 116 Capitol Building

- July 24, “Iraq At A Crossroads: Options For U.S. Policy”

10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- July 23, “H.R. 2083, S. 315, S. 2154, S. 531, S. 2405, S. 2406, S. 2539, S. 2511”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- July 24, “The Role of States in Higher Education”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 

- July 24, “Nominations”

10:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Indian Affairs

- July 23, “Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years”

3:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Rules and Administration

- July 23, “The DISCLOSE Act (S.2516) and the Need for Expanded Public Disclosure of Funds Raised and Spent to Influence Federal Elections”

10 a.m., 301 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Veterans’ Affairs

- July 22, “Nomination”

2 p.m., G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building