Idaho’s Crapo, Risch in minority opposing EPA’s McCarthy

Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were among 40 Republicans who opposed President Obama’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Gina McCarthy was confirmed Thursday afternoon, on a 59-40 vote.

Crapo and Obama both issued statements, which appear below:



Crapo Votes Against EPA Administrator Nominee

Agency needs to move in a different direction


Washington, D.C. – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the President’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Gina McCarthy was approved by the full Senate, but Crapo joined 39 members in opposing her nomination.  Crapo serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) which has jurisdiction over the EPA.


“Idaho business owners, farmers and ranchers feel the impact of EPA regulations daily and they should be able to expect that our government will not pursue federal policies when the benefits do not outweigh the costs,” said Crapo.  “Far too many federal regulations, many from the EPA, hinder Idaho’s businesses and economy.  More often than not, these regulations provide little benefit to their intended purposes.  During her nomination process, I had hoped to be convinced that Ms. McCarthy would move the agency in a different direction, but her previous actions and testimony before the EPW committee proved this would not be the case.  While I support ensuring that science, research and other tools are available to leave our air, water and soil better than we found them for future generations, layering on burdensome regulations, burying American businesses in more paperwork and imposing overwhelming penalties is not the best means to achieve this goal.”




Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Gina McCarthy as the Next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency


I am pleased that today the Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  With years of experience at the state and local level, Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for commonsense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.  Over the past four years, I have valued Gina’s counsel and I look forward to having her in my Cabinet as we work to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner environment for future generations.




Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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