Boxer: House bill is best option for chemical reform

With a few additional changes, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHillicon Valley: Ocasio-Cortez clashes with former Dem senator over gig worker bill | Software engineer indicted over Capital One breach | Lawmakers push Amazon to remove unsafe products Ocasio-Cortez blasts former Dem senator for helping Lyft fight gig worker bill Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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 McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBarr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks Harry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info 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 UdallOvernight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterGrocery group hires new top lobbyist Lobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views 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.