Boxer: House bill is best option for chemical reform

With a few additional changes, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list Climate debate comes full circle MORE (D-Calif.) said legislation that passed the House last month is the best approach to reforming the nation’s toxic chemical laws.

A coalition of public health and environmental groups led by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Sanders: 'Not crazy' about nixing the Senate filibuster McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders hires veteran progressive operative to manage 2020 bid Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment MORE (D-N.V.) on Tuesday asking the Senate to take up the TSCA Modernization Act that passed the House by a 398-1 vote last month.

“I agree with the coalition that the House bill ‘is clearer and more concise and would be more appropriate to use as the vehicle for changes as the process moves forward,'” Boxer said in a statement quoting the group’s letter. 

In the Senate there’s a bill backed by Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHillicon Valley: House panel takes on election security | DOJ watchdog eyes employee texts | Senate Dems urge regulators to block T-Mobile, Sprint deal | 'Romance scams' cost victims 3M in 2018 Dems urge regulators to reject T-Mobile, Sprint merger Dems wary of killing off filibuster MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBottom Line Bottom Line Top 5 races to watch in 2019 MORE’s (R-La) that’s expected to make it to the floor for a vote this summer. Like the House bill, it aims to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, known as TSCA.

Boxer, a staunch opponent of that legislation, introduced her own competing bill. But since she's been unable to garner much support, she's voicing support for the House legislation if changes are made.

In their letter, the coalition of health and environmental groups asked for changes that ensure clauses that grandfather in state laws and actions work the way the authors inteded them to, and ensure the Environmental Protection Agency can adequately address chemical threats with reasonable remedies.