Merkley: GOP Boycott of McCarthy Vote Pathetic Dereliction of Duty

Washington – Oregon’s Senator Merkley released the following statement after Republican members of the EPW Committee boycotted a vote on the confirmation of Gina McCarthy to be EPA Administrator. 

“Gina McCarthy is eminently qualified to head the Environmental Protection Agency. She has impeccable credentials and has earned the praise of business leaders as well as Democrats and Republicans. It is sad that once again the business of the Senate is being held up by a minority of senators who are abusing Senate procedures to block an up or down vote. This is a pathetic dereliction of the constitutional duty to ‘advise and consent’ on executive branch nominees.