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Senate confirms Janet McCabe as deputy EPA chief

Senate confirms Janet McCabe as deputy EPA chief
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The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Janet McCabe as the No. 2 official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

McCabe was confirmed in a 52-42 vote, with Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' MORE (Maine), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (Iowa) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Bottom line MORE (Alaska) joining most Democrats to vote for her nomination. Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIs the Constitution in the way of DC statehood? Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Joe Manchin is wrong — D.C. statehood is constitutional MORE (W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote against McCabe’s confirmation.

“Janet McCabe is exactly the leader that Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganOvernight Energy: Colonial Pipeline restarting operations after cyberattack | Gas shortages spread to more states | EPA relaunches website tracking climate change indicators EPA relaunches website tracking climate change indicators EPA rescinds Trump rule allowing public to weigh in on agency guidance  MORE and the EPA need right now,” Senate Environment Committee Chair Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (D-Del.) said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “Janet McCabe is a steady hand who has built a 30-year career of leadership in environmental protection.”

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Carper said McCabe has “demonstrated time and again” that “environmental progress and economic progress go hand in hand.”

McCabe served as acting assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation during the Obama administration, where she worked on the Clean Power Plan, a regulation aimed at reducing power plants’ carbon emissions.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced McCabe's nomination on a largely party-line vote in March, with GOP members citing her work on the Clean Power Plan in explaining their opposition.

During her hearing before the panel earlier in March, Republican senators pressed McCabe on whether she believed the agency has the authority to regulate power plants’ carbon emissions outside the fence line.

“Do you believe that the EPA has the authority to ... regulate a power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions outside the fence line as the Clean Power Plan did?” ranking member Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoEPA water nominee commits to 'enduring solutions' in confirmation hearing Biden meets for first time with 'Big Four' congressional leaders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-W.Va.) asked in the hearing.

“The Clean Power Plan was one of the most important and impactful rules that we worked on during the Obama administration,” McCabe replied. “We’ve never had a legal ruling on that very question and certainly we would not have put that rule forward if we did not believe we were acting within the four corners of the Clean Air Act.”