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Blumenthal Statement On Senate Confirmation Of Gina McCarthy To Head EPA

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a vote of 59-40:

“This overwhelming bipartisan vote gives Gina McCarthy a mandate to be a strong leader protecting our environment – and also advancing job creation and economic growth. She is an environmental protector for all seasons who knows how to inspire people on both sides of the aisle to work together toward a common goal. She will strike the proper balance between environmental protection and economic growth because she knows the two goals are mutually supportive – not exclusive. At a time when superstorms are ravaging Connecticut and other states every few years as a result of global warming and other issues negatively impacting the environment, our nation needs an EPA leader who will be smart, strong, and fair on environmental issues. Ms. McCarthy is such a leader. I am glad her nomination broke through the crippling gridlock of the United States Senate. Now, the American people will have the environmental leadership they deserve. Today is a proud and exciting day for Connecticut and the country.”


Before the Senate confirmed McCarthy, Blumenthal gave a floor speech encouraging his colleagues to support her nomination. Video of the floor speech can be found here.


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