History was made just moments ago as the Safe Chemicals Act was voted on for the first time in 36 years, and it passed in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The act would reform the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act and for the first time would give the Environmental Protection Agency the tools it needs to keep dangerous chemicals out of our products.
Today's committee vote was a first step, but a very important one, in ensuring that this bill soon becomes law. As expected, senators voted along party lines, with all Democrats supporting and all Republicans opposing the measure.
Please take a moment to thank the following senators for their support of the Safe Chemicals Act, and let your own senator know that when this bill comes in front of the full Senate, you hope to see his or her support as well.
Big thanks go out to:
- Sen. Barbara Boxer of California (chairman)
- Sen. Max Baucus of Montana
- Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware
- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey
- Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland
- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
- Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico
- Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York