Senate Republicans on Thursday forced the postponement of a committee vote on President Barack Obama's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, making Gina McCarthy the third cabinet nominee to be slowed by the GOP in recent days.
Republicans on Wednesday also blocked a committee vote on Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez, and have for now kept Energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz from a final confirmation vote by the full Senate. Top Democrats insisted, however, that they will get Obama's nominees confirmed in the coming weeks.
HOUSTON (AP) — Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's more than 24-year prison sentence for his role in the once mighty energy giant's collapse could be reduced by as many as 10 years if a federal judge approves an agreement reached Wednesday between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are waiting to the last minute to decide whether to try to delay a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., was among Republicans on the panel who have sought to get McCarthy to their demands for greater rulemaking transparency and to give industry a role in lawsuit settlements between EPA and environmental groups.
A group of those senators met late Wednesday to discuss their plans for the committee vote, but Boozman said no conclusions were reached and that they would talk again before the voting session Thursday.
HOUSTON (AP) — Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's more than 24-year prison sentence for his role in the once mighty energy giant's collapse could be trimmed by as many as 10 years if a federal judge approves an agreement reached Wednesday between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether workers at a factory that supplies parts to nuclear plants broke quality control rules and falsified records, according to regulatory filings.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Apparently frustrated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down an $18 million penalty for a Texas natural gas firm, a federal judge is taking the unusual step of asking the environmental community for suggestions on how to sentence the company in a way that will have "the broadest possible impact."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission says she will review the agency's policy of letting companies and individuals settle charges without admitting or denying wrongdoing.