A pair of business and environmental organizations are mounting an advertising blitz against GOP senators that they hope will break the impasse over Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyBusiness leaders must stand up and 'March for Science' on Saturday Trump isn't saving the coal industry. He's letting it compete. EPA chief: ‘Help is on the way’ for farmers MORE.
Republican senators have placed a hold on McCarthy’s nomination, and
there are rumblings that the party might filibuster her nomination when it comes to the floor.
The ads say Sens. John McCainJohn McCainTrudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade McCain: China has done ‘nothing’ on North Korea Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA MORE (R-Ariz), Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeTrudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade Trump says he may break up 9th Circuit Court after rulings go against him Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanOvernight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality Senators push 'cost-effective' reg reform Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits MORE (R-Ohio) “have the chance to get Washington moving again by supporting a smart, experienced, bipartisan leader who has what it takes to protect our air and water from dangerous pollution.”
McCain once championed cap-and-trade legislation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, though he no longer does so. Flake introduced carbon tax legislation as a House member in 2009, though his office said it was simply a maneuver to offset a sweeping cap-and-trade bill moving through the lower chamber. And Portman is trying to shepherd a comprehensive energy efficiency bill through the Senate.
Sierra Club declined to disclose how much it was spending on the TV campaign, but said Cincinnati residents would see an ad between two and four times while those in Phoenix will see an ad between three and five times.
Republicans have said they're blocking McCarthy because she hasn’t fully answered questions about transparency at the EPA. They also want her to turn over information the EPA uses to craft air- and water-pollution regulations.
McCarthy’s boosters have stressed her experience working under Republican administrations — including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The Sierra Club endeavor comes on the heels of a “mid-six figure ad buy” from the American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund. That initiative spanned Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting viewers in Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio.
The business association is flexing on Portman, Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteBottom Line How Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle THE MEMO: Trump set to notch needed win with Gorsuch MORE (R-N.H.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOvernight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly Collins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare MORE (R-Maine), who is considered a centrist on energy issues, with ads contending that small businesses favor McCarthy.
“Gina has spent her career making sure environmental protection and economic interest work together. That’s why a recent poll showed that 62 percent of small businesses support her for EPA administrator,” the ad says.