Boxer: House bill is best option for chemical reform

With a few additional changes, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list 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 McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview 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 Udall2020 debates complicate Senate plans for vote on Trump's war authority Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views Collins votes against Trump judicial pick 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.