Home / News from NPR / EPA, Labor Nominees Confirmed
After striking a bipartisan deal to move nominations forward, the Senate has now filled four top posts.

EPA, Labor Nominees Confirmed

By Mark Memmott NPR

By 59-40 vote mostly along party lines, the Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

That followed a 54-46 vote early in the day to confirm Thomas Perez as Labor secretary.

As The Associated Press notes, the Senate “has filled four top Obama administration posts this week. The progress followed a bipartisan deal on Tuesday that freed the nominations for votes and saw Democrats halt efforts to weaken the minority GOP’s powers.”

Also confirmed this week:

Richard Cordray, to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

— Fred Hochberg, to continue leading the Export-Import Bank.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Check Also

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's motorcade drives on a red carpet during a trip to open a social housing project in a suburb of Cairo on Saturday. One local newspaper devoted its entire front page Monday to accusing Sissi of decadence even as he asks Egyptians to tighten their belts.

Outrage Over Egyptian President’s Red Carpet Arrival

The massive red carpet at the opening of a social housing project has sparked a barrage of criticism in a country suffering from high levels of poverty.