HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging Republicans in Washington to "do their jobs" and vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Democrat said Gina McCarthy, the EPA nominee and a former Connecticut environment commissioner, is "exceptionally qualified to lead an agency that is doing critically important work." He said McCarthy has been confirmed by the Senate before and "deserves to be again."
McCarthy served as the state's Department of Environmental Protection commissioner from 2004 to 2009 under former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican.
All eight GOP members of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee failed to show up Thursday to consider McCarthy's nomination. Republicans are demanding answers from EPA on a range of transparency issues.
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