After an unprecedented delay, the Senate finally voted 59 - 40 to confirm Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. For the past 130 days, Senate Republicans have blocked McCarthy's confirmation, which has left the EPA without an administrator for the longest period in history.
The White House released the following statement from President Obama:
I am pleased that today the Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 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. 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.Now that she is confirmed, McCarthy will be busy working to implement President Obama's new climate change plan.