Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lautenberg Legacy Bill Under Fire by Boxer

By Meredith Shiner, June 18, 2013
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is privately lobbying fellow Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee against a toxic chemical bill negotiated by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg in the weeks before his death.
The bipartisan legislation is viewed by many close to Lautenberg as a legacy piece for the late New Jersey Democrat. It would revamp nearly 40-year-old chemical laws, a goal Lautenberg pursued for years before he died June 3 at the age of 89...... According to these sources, Boxer has been engaged in senator-to-senator conversations and has argued that Lautenberg either didn’t sign off on the final language or wasn’t in a position to, given the illness that ultimately took his life. Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., is one of 20 co-sponsors of the Lautenberg-Vitter bill and one of the members whom Boxer spoke to directly….To Read More...

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