Senate Dems chide Republicans for blocking Obama's EPA nominee

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 Finance: Four days until government shutdown | Conservative group bucks spending bill | DOJ, Treasury crackdown on North Korea Reid blasts GOP senator over Flint 'hostage' comments Trump aide departs amid scrutiny of Russia ties 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 BlumenthalOvernight Cybersecurity: Cyber questions for the debate | Dem wants Yahoo hack probe Takata says it failed to report airbag rupture in 2003 Dem senator urges SEC to investigate Yahoo 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.”