White House: GOP displaying 'historic level of obstructionism' with EPA vote boycott

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"We call on Republicans in the Senate to stop gumming up the works when it comes to the confirmation process of nominees who are enormously qualified for the jobs that the president has asked them to fill," Carney said.

Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTime is now to address infrastructure needs Tom Steyer testing waters for Calif. gubernatorial bid Another day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs MORE (D-Calif.) was forced to scrap a vote on EPA nominee Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyRegulations, farmers and the law Former EPA chief: Environmental regulations targeted by Trump benefit 'normal human beings' Business leaders must stand up and 'March for Science' on Saturday MORE after the Republican boycott prevented the committee from reaching a quorum. Because Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is in ill health, the majority Democrats were unable to push forward.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: 'I don't know how we get to 50' votes on ObamaCare repeal The Hill's 12:30 Report McConnell: CBO analysis for House bill will repeat 'things we already know' MORE (R-Ky.) sad Republicans still had questions they wanted McCarthy to answer.

“It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration continues to stonewall reasonable information requests from Republicans on the EPW Committee, information that is crucial to their advice-and-consent role in this nomination," he said in a statement.