The Senate can show a modicum of civility this summer by confirming qualified nominees to a trio of important federal agencies.
Senators should stop sitting on President Obama's March nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy joined the EPA in 2009 after many years as a state regulator.
Also in limbo is the leadership of the Department of Labor. In March, Obama nominated Thomas Perez, whose background as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division makes him well qualified to head the department.
Finally, the appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created to help prevent another financial meltdown, has languished since last year. Cordray's long overdue confirmation shouldn't serve as a playbook for tormenting Perez and McCarthy.