Our bill is the only chemical reform bill 'on the playing field,' Vitter says

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.) said the bill he’s co-sponsored with Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallSenate confirms four Biden ambassadors after delay Overnight Defense: Milley reportedly warned Trump against Iran strikes | Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer killed in Afghanistan | 70 percent of active-duty military at least partially vaccinated Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador MORE (D-N.M.) to reform the nation’s chemical laws is the only legislation “on the playing field.”

“Our co-sponsors, Democrats and Republicans, continue to grow,” he said during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Wednesday. “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the only realistic shot we have at reforming a very outdated and broken system.”

Committee Chair Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process MORE (R-Okla.) said TSCA will not be reformed without bipartisan support and input from stakeholders. Though opponents have accused the Udall-Vitter bill of being legislation generated by industry, Inhofe noted that no one from industry was testifying at Wednesday’s hearing.


“Not because no one from industry supports the bill,” he said. “The majority has chosen witnesses to focus on the health and environmental impacts of the bill.”

But Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.), who introduced a competing bill with Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions Democrats say they have path to deal on climate provisions in spending bill TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook MORE (D-Mass.) to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), said she’s never seen such opposition to the Udall-Vitter bill.

She then had her staff stand will posters listing all the of the opposing groups.

“I know you can’t read them all, but there are 450 organizations,” she said.

A few of the names she read aloud included the Environmental Working Group, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, the American Nurses Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility.