The Senate continues to march through President Obama’s nominations this week after months of holdups, voting Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The 59-40 vote came just moments after 15 Republicans joined 54 Democrats and Independents in voting to block further filibuster of her nomination. Thirty-one Republicans wanted debate to continue.
McCarthy, an assistant administrator in the EPA, was appointed by Obama to replace Lisa Jackson in March. Like Thomas Perez, who was confirmed earlier Thursday, a bipartisan deal to undo a Republican blockade of Obama nominees allowed McCarthy’s confirmation process to move forward.
“With years of experience at the state and local level, Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for commonsense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth,” Obama said. ”Over the past four years, I have valued Gina’s counsel and I look forward to having her in my Cabinet as we work to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner environment for future generations.”