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Boxer: House bill is best option for chemical reform

With a few additional changes, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer Dem aide makes first court appearance on charges of posting GOP senators' info online Ex-House intern charged with 'doxing' GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing Capitol Police arrest suspect in doxing of GOP senators 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 McConnellGOP Senate candidate: Kavanaugh 'debacle' 'hugely motivating' to Missouri voters Trump praises McConnell: He ‘stared down the angry left-wing mob’ to get Kavanaugh confirmed Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees GOP has always been aggressive in trying to weaponize the system of judicial nominations Republicans come full circle with Supreme Court battle to the end 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: Officials warn of Chinese influence efforts | Dow drops over 800 points | Tech stocks hit hard | Google appeals B EU fine | James Murdoch may be heading for Tesla | Most Americans worried about election security For everyone’s safety, border agents must use body-worn cameras Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge 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.