May 10, 2013

Statement by Senator Warren on Senate Republicans' Steps to Block Obama Administration Nominations

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement on Senate Republicans' actions this week to block the votes of Obama Administration nominations of Gina McCarthy and Tom Perez:

"Gina McCarthy is an extraordinary public servant who is highly qualified to serve as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was unanimously confirmed to her previous position at the EPA, and the Republicans know they have no grounds for opposing her, so they are using procedural gimmicks to prevent her nomination.

"Together with this week's surprise procedural move to prevent consideration of Tom Perez's nomination to lead the Department of Labor, the Republicans have made clear that they will use any trick available to block qualified nominees. This is wrong.  The President's nominees deserve swift consideration and confirmation by the Senate."