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GOP halts action on nominee for EPA

Blasts agency, boycotts vote on ex-Mass. official

WASHINGTON — Republican senators staged a surprise boycott of a committee meeting and stalled the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that underscores how bitter battles over some Cabinet nominations have strained the president’s relationship with Congress.

Gina McCarthy, a Massachusetts native who was a top environmental official under former Republican governor Mitt Romney and several other governors, has the backing of environmental and some business groups, making her a rather unlikely candidate for such an openly partisan maneuver.

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