Wicker joins boycott of EPA nominee

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi joined a Republican boycott Thursday of a committee vote on Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that left the committee’s chairwoman “stunned.”

Republicans said McCarthy, currently the assistant EPA administrator for air and radiation, hasn’t adequately answered questions posed by GOP lawmakers on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Despite a weak economy and enduring high unemployment, the administration continues to use EPA to push regulations that I fear will put more Americans out of work and at the same time achieve only minimal results, at best,” Wicker said. “I’m afraid these harmful regulations will continue under Ms. McCarthy’s leadership of the agency.