41 GOP Senators means nothing happens at EPA — starting with confirmation of political appointees — without GOP approval.
No major action on climate is likely until after the Senate confirms McCarthy. But she’s run into a brick wall among Republicans, who stalled a committee vote on her nomination and may filibuster her on the floor.
McCarthy’s woes have had “a chilling effect on the administration’s desire to go forward on bold actions,” the Sierra Club’s Melinda Pierce said. “They don’t want to be lighting a fire out there before Gina is confirmed.”
Even if McCarthy makes it, the agency will still be short on Senate-confirmed leaders for its air and general counsel offices, among others, which many agency-watchers say could hamper progress on new regulations.