Senate Dems chide Republicans for blocking Obama's EPA nominee

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Boxer said McCarthy was the “poster child” of bipartisanship and the best-qualified person for the job. Republicans have been blocking President Obama’s nominee because they disagree with his policy position on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

“The president has his policies and you don’t have to agree with them or you can — I do,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Monday evening. “But somebody has to run the EPA. If you have a problem with those policies you’re going to need someone who is wise to talk to about those concerns.”

Boxer added that this is the longest the EPA has gone without an administrator. Some Democrats have called on Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Senate Dems block spending bill over Iran amendment — again MORE (D-Nev.) to use the “nuclear option” — changing the rules on a simple-majority vote — if Republicans continue to block Obama’s cabinet nominees.

Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony FDA should ban powdered caffeine, Dems say Senate's refusal to move on Garland continues to undermine rule of law MORE (D-Conn.) joined Boxers’ calls, saying it’s “disappointing” how Republicans are acting.

“Blocking a vote on her nomination is disappointing and counterproductive,” Blumenthal said. “The president couldn’t have picked a more qualified person to lead the EPA at this time.”

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