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Sen. Barbara Boxer

Self Description

December 2005: "A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment, and her State of California, Barbara Boxer became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives.....Senator Boxer serves on the Senate Committees on Commerce, Foreign Relations, and Environment and Public Works, is the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, and serves on the Democratic Policy Committee's Committee on Oversight and Investigations."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2008: "The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), has endorsed legislation requiring the EPA to set a standard for the chemical and to monitor perchlorate in tap water. Yesterday, Boxer lambasted the agency for refusing to establish a federal exposure standard."

July 2008: 'And Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who has long battled with the agency's administrator, Stephen Johnson, said the instructions showed that Johnson is "turning the EPA into a secretive, dangerous ally of polluters, instead of a leader in the effort to protect the health and safety of the American people."'

July 2008: "Last year, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) introduced the DTV Border Fix Act, which would allow TV stations within 50 miles of the border to broadcast in analog for five more years. The bill, co-sponsored by Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), passed the Senate Commerce Committee in April."

June 2008: '“Senators have come together across party lines to write a law that will not only enable us to avoid the ravages of unchecked global warming, but will create millions of new jobs and put us on the path to energy independence,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California, in the Democratic response to Bush’s weekly radio address on Saturday.'

March 2008: "The House last night approved one of the most significant changes to its ethics rules in decades, creating for the first time an independent panel empowered to initiate investigations of alleged misconduct by members of the chamber....Senate ethics committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and the panel's ranking Republican, Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.) released a statement last night making clear that they have no intention of following the House's lead."

October 2007: 'You can't have a party honoring a specific member. It's clear to me -- but it's not clear to everybody,' said Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate ethics committee. She said the committee is getting 'these questions that surround the edges -- 'If it's midnight the night before,' 'If I wear one shoe and not the other.' '

September 2006: In separate appearances on Fox News over the next two days, Lanny J. Davis, a former special counsel to Mr. Clinton, and Barbara Boxer, the Democratic senator from California, mocked the news channel’s trademarked motto of being “fair and balanced.”

May 2004: In Washington, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has urged the USDA to stand firm against private testing. But Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has taken the agency to task. In a letter last month to Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, Boxer wrote: "I fail to understand why we would prevent our farmers and ranchers from using the best practices to protect people from the dreadful results of mad cow disease.",1,1288019.story?coll=la-home-nation


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jan 30, 2007
Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Jan 30, 2007
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization
Opponent (past or present) Ms. Carleton "Carly" S. Fiorina Person Nov 5, 2010

Articles and Resources

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Jan 19, 2013 Military Rules Leave Gay Spouses Out in Cold

QUOTE: Gay marriage is now legal in nine states and in Washington, D.C. But because same-sex marriages are not recognized under federal law, the spouses of gay service members are barred from receiving medical and dental insurance and surviving spouse benefits and are not allowed to receive treatment in military medical facilities. Spouses are also barred from receiving military identification cards, which provide access to many community activities and services on base, including movie theaters, day care centers, gyms and commissaries.

New York Times
Apr 06, 2011 Why Pay Congress?

QUOTE: If we careen over a cliff on Friday and the American government shuts down, hard-working federal workers will stop getting paychecks, but the members of Congress responsible for the shutdown are expected to be paid as usual.

New York Times
Dec 07, 2009 Millions in U.S. Drinking Dirty Water, Records Show

QUOTE: More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.

New York Times
Oct 12, 2009 Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways (Toxic Waters)

QUOTE: Even as a growing number of coal-burning power plants around the nation have moved to reduce their air emissions, many of them are creating another problem: water pollution.

New York Times
Sep 22, 2008 EPA Unlikely to Limit Perchlorate in Tap Water

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from the White House and the Pentagon, is poised to rule as early as today that it will not set a drinking-water safety standard for perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel that has been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and young children across the nation.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2008 EPA e-mail to workers: Don't answer inspector's questions

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency advised employees last month not to answer questions from journalists, the Government Accountability Office or the agency's inspector general, according to an EPA e-mail made public Monday..."The order reinforces a growing bunker mentality within an EPA that is the subject of a growing number of probes into political interference with agency operations,"

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 19, 2008 Move to Digital TV Faces Language Barrier: Many Hispanics Unprepared for Switch

QUOTE: The switch to all-digital television has been bumpy. Despite multimillion-dollar ad campaigns by the government and the broadcasting industry, some lawmakers and community leaders fear that the efforts have fallen short in informing viewers who watch TV with rabbit-ear antennas that those days are numbered. Consumers who do not speak English rely heavily on such television broadcasts to receive critical information such as news and weather warnings. But these communities have been the hardest to reach and educate about the transition.

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2008 Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says: Ex-Administrator Says Official From Vice President's Office Edited Out Six Pages

QUOTE: In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, former EPA deputy associate administrator Jason K. Burnett said an official from Cheney's office edited out six pages from the testimony of Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last October.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2008 Warm-up for a global-warming law: Congress to begin work on a bill the next president would be willing to sign.

QUOTE: The top presidential nominees in both parties back a cap-and-trade system to limit US emissions of greenhouse gases. President Bush opposes it, and the White House is expected to detail objections to the 494-page Senate bill on Monday.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 27, 2008 Studies on Chemical In Plastics Questioned: Congress Examines Role Of Industry in Regulation

QUOTE: Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion-dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe largely because of two studies, both funded by an industry trade group.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2008 Ethics Law Isn’t Without Its Loopholes

QUOTE: Starting Monday, Washington lobbyists must file detailed quarterly reports of their activities...But even as they try to figure out what the law requires, lobbyists are working to preserve the access and influence they have in Congress and at federal agencies.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2008 Senate seeks federal inquiry of altered earmark

QUOTE: The Senate voted Thursday to seek a federal investigation into a 2005 earmark on a highway funding bill that was altered after Congress approved the measure but before President Bush signed it...The $10 million earmark...was changed to put the money into building an interchange in Lee County, an apparent violation of congressional rules.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 12, 2008 House Creates New Panel On Ethics

QUOTE: The House last night approved one of the most significant changes to its ethics rules in decades, creating for the first time an independent panel empowered to initiate investigations of alleged misconduct by members of the chamber.

Washington Post
Oct 14, 2007 Getting Around Rules on Lobbying: Despite New Law, Firms Find Ways To Ply Politicians

QUOTE: Looking for ways to keep spreading freebies legally, hundreds of lobbyists have been attending seminars at Washington law firms to learn the ins and outs of the new law.

Washington Post
Jul 15, 2007 Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics: Lawmakers Doubt Voters Would Fund Big Carbon Cuts

QUOTE: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions...[but] Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2007 Soldier says he was deployed with head injury

QUOTE: Pogany agrees with other critics who have noted that injured troops separated from service with bad-conduct discharges and diagnoses of pre-existing personality orders have no shot at disability retirement benefits — which holds down the military’s costs to pay those benefits.

Army Times
Apr 01, 2007 The Return Of That '70s Thing

QUOTE: Sens. Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, high-octane liberals all, have asked Congress to improve the Constitution by adding the Women's Equality Amendment...

Washington Post
Mar 28, 2007 New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment

QUOTE: The amendment consists of 52 words and has one key line: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." That sentence would subject legal claims of gender discrimination to the same strict scrutiny given by courts to allegations of racial discrimination.

Washington Post
Feb 20, 2007 JetBlue woes spur call for fliers' bill of rights: Long waits for passengers caused by last week's ice storm in New York have prompted talk of customer-service regulation.

QUOTE: These two incidents have prompted outraged passengers and lawmakers like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California to call for legislation that would require airlines to allow passengers to deplane after three hours, among other things. .... Groups like the Travel Insider are now circulating petitions online demanding a passengers bill of rights. ... The increase in delays, lost luggage, and packed planes is fueling the momentum.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 30, 2007 Nuclear Agency: Air Defenses Impractical

QUOTE: Federal regulators plunged into an energy and national security controversy yesterday by ruling that the nation's 103 nuclear power plants do not need to protect themselves from potential attacks by terrorists using airplanes....."I am disappointed," said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The NRC decision "reflects an inadequate, industry-influenced approach that sacrifices security in favor of corporate profits."

Washington Post

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