Obama Gets His EPA Chief
Senate approves Gina McCarthy, and labor chief Thomas Perez, too
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
Gina McCarthy is the new EPA chief.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Two of President Obama's long-stalled nominees cleared the Senate today, thanks to this week's filibuster deal: Gina McCarthy is the new EPA chief, and Thomas Perez is the new labor secretary, reports the Hill and Wall Street Journal. The big question on Perez is how aggressive he will be on putting into place new workplace regulations, says the Journal. But McCarthy is likely to be in the national spotlight much more because she is charged with shepherding through Obama's ambitious climate change strategy, reports Politico.

That includes "sweeping crackdowns on toxic pollution from power plants, a massive expansion of federal greenhouse gas regulations, and steps to stem the increasingly controversial water pollution problems caused by coal and minerals mining," writes Erica Martinson. How effective she is may go a long way in determining whether Obama's plan lives or dies. Not all appointee news is so rosy, however: John McCain today said he is putting a hold on Gen. Martin Dempsey's nomination to be Joint Chiefs chairman again, reports AP. At a hearing, Dempsey refused to give his personal opinion on the best course for Syria, and McCain (a big advocate of more force), says the nomination won't proceed until Dempsey does so.

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Jul 21, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
Here goes the economy.
Jul 21, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
Is that another Lesbian. What's the matter Mr. President, you can't find one with a horn growing out of the middle of her forehead and have to settle for just another run of the mill butch . That's it, fill your cabinet with men haters. No wonder nothing gets done and their all stabbing each other in the back cause they hate each others guts. Diversity is good. Is that your moronic mantra.
Jul 20, 2013 10:17 PM CDT
Conservative voters in rural America need to take a long hard look at who they're voting for. Are they willing to believe a conservative who tells them how bad the govt. is? Will they still vote conservative and accept the contaminated water from industrial runoff and factory farms? If the EPA still can't clean your water supply then you need to look at who you're voting for. Sending the same people back to D.C. will guarantee no action in your district. Just make sure that you vote for someone who isn't taking corporate money.