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Jessica Alba lobbies Congress for stronger chemical protections

Jessica Alba lobbies Congress for stronger chemical protections
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Actress Jessica Alba came to Capitol Hill on Thursday to lobby lawmakers for stronger chemical protections.

The “Fantastic Four” star and co-founder of The Honest Company, which sells nontoxic household products, met with more than a half-dozen lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Democrats have a Puerto Rican problem Dem Susie Lee defeats Danny Tarkanian to retain Nevada House seat MORE (D-Nev.).

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Alba is joining the American Sustainable Business Council, of which her company is a member, in a push for stronger chemical protections.

She suggested the rise of chronic illnesses may be linked to toxic chemicals.

“Who wants to be guinea-pigged to test chemicals?” Alba asked.

In Congress, lawmakers are weighing two competing bills that would reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, but Alba suggested neither piece of legislation goes far enough to protect consumers.

“It’s just not strong enough,” Alba said. “We feel it could be stronger. That’s really what we’re here lobbying for."

Alba is also meeting with Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle Durbin: Republicans are making it 'as hard as possible' to vote GOP Rep. Rodney Davis wins reelection in Illinois MORE (D-Ill.), Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: Trump taps acting attorney general to lead Justice Department Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Pelosi: Acting attorney general 'should not be there' MORE (D-N.Y.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle Dem senators want hearing on funding for detained migrant children Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump insists GOP will 'totally' protect people with pre-existing conditions | Landmark opioid bill signed into law | Report finds agencies blindsided by 'zero tolerance' policy MORE (D-Wash.), Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHouse Dems can take on climate change — if they don’t get distracted by Trump Dems find easy target in Trump commerce chief Trump mulls replacing Commerce chief Ross by end of year: reports MORE (D-Mass.), 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.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDems vow swift action on gun reform next year Collins reiterates call for legislation to protect Mueller investigation GOP nerves on edge after Sinema takes lead over McSally MORE (R-Maine).

Alba said she took an interest in chemical reform after her children were born.

"That’s the first time I ever read a label and cared about the ingredients, when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and it inspired me to create a company,” Alba said.

"Those of us who have children are aware, and we’re the ones who have to safeguard our kids,” she added.