On May 9, the Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee sent a letter to Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) saying they were refusing to participate in that day’s vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. The members criticized McCarthy’s responses to their written questions from the nomination hearing; they requested the vote be rescheduled when she fully responds to questions about agency transparency. Chairman Boxer said she will reschedule the vote for May 16. The hold on McCarthy’s nomination by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) remains in effect. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) have said they are considering placing a hold on the nomination as well, citing McCarthy’s responses to their written questions.