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July 24, 2014

Interior, Energy, & Environmental Protection Agency Nominee Status Update

Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on March 7 for a confirmation hearing. On Thursday, the committee voted in favor of Jewell in a 19-3 vote, which moves her nomination to the Senate floor for an expected vote next month.

Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 9 for a confirmation hearing. No date has been set as of yet for a committee vote on the nomination.

EPA Administrator nominee Gina McCarthy is meeting this week with several members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, although no date has been set for her confirmation hearing. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced this week that he has put a hold on her nomination over EPA’s missed deadline for releasing a draft environmental statement for the controversial St. John’s Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project in his home state. Blunt said he would not lift the hold until the administration offered a “concrete timeline for progress.”

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David served as a presidential appointee in the Clinton-Gore administration, where he was the principal deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable...

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