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Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Udall (D. CO) in regards to President Obama's nominee for the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy:
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana), the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced Tuesday that he would oppose a filibuster of President Obama’s well-qualified nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. But other obstructionists are waiting in the ranks to block her confirmation.

That's why we need to crank up the pressure on Senate Republicans to end the pointless delays.

Will you sign my petition to Senate Republicans urging them to stop the paralysis and allow an up or down vote for Gina McCarthy, as well as President Obama's other executive branch nominees?


WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 04: &nbsp;MIT professor Ernest Moniz (L) , nominated as Energy Secretary, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell (R), the President of the Walmart Foundation nominated as budget director, applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama announces Gina McCarthy (C), as his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The nominations will be key appointments for Obama&#x27;s second term while focusing on the issues of the national budget as well as energy and climate issues. &nbsp;(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
There’s no good reason to filibuster McCarthy’s nomination to the EPA. She's someone who has fought for common-sense ways to protect our clean air and clean water. And she's not a partisan. In fact, she’s served five Republican governors throughout her impressive career in public service, including a top spot as climate and energy advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The Senate has even confirmed Gina once before — when she took the reins of the Clean Air program in 2009. Since then, the effects of global warming, drought, and wildfires have only intensified. Coloradans are experiencing it first-hand.

The obstruction of Gina McCarthy's nomination is just one example of the partisan gridlock that has got to stop. It’s time to allow this bipartisan-supported nominee to get to work protecting our clean air and clean water.

Please sign my petition to call for an end to this senseless obstructionism. All we want is an up or down vote on President Obama's executive branch nominees.


With the climate challenges confronting the West, it’s never been more essential to have a strong leader at the helm of the EPA. Let’s get Gina McCarthy confirmed so we can protect Colorado's quality of life.

Thanks for your support on this important issue,

You can sign Udall's petition here:



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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 01:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Colorado COmmunity, Climate Hawks, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Four Corners Leadership Project.

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