Environmental Protection Agency

White House's EPA Nominee in Jeopardy

Republicans united against Gina McCarthy over regulatory concerns

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A White House official called on the Republicans to let McCarthy come up for a vote. "It is unfortunate that some Republicans have chosen to play politics with this nomination," the official said.

Republican leaders were unmoved, though, saying the Obama administration deserves blame for the impasse by refusing to fully answer questions that GOP nominees have posed about McCarthy and the EPA. They include questions about the "underlying data used to justify EPA's job-killing regulations," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement to POLITICO.