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 McCarthyCongress should investigate cancer collusion Obama won’t weaken car emissions standards Overnight Energy: Rough hearing for Tillerson 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 McCainSenate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Tillerson gains support McCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' MORE (R-Ariz), Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeThis week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump GOP eyes new push to break up California court Live coverage of Trump's inauguration MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanHillary gives Bernie cool reception at Trump inaugural lunch GOP governors defend Medicaid expansion Senators introduce dueling miners bills 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 AyotteTen rumored Trump Cabinet picks who didn't get a job Sasse, Perdue join Armed Services Committee Avid pilot among GOP senators joining Transportation committee MORE (R-N.H.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOvernight Healthcare: Trump reinstates ban on US funds for overseas abortions GOP senators: Give states the option of keeping ObamaCare GOP senators to introduce ObamaCare replacement plan 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.