To keep America moving forward, President Obama needs partners in Washington. Partners like Senator Barbara Boxer. We are fortunate to have Barbara Boxer representing us because she is a champion for civil rights, for voting rights, for education and for economic policies that will benefit all of our families.
During her time in the House and Senate, Barbara Boxer has worked hard to create jobs and make life better for the people in our communities. She supported President Obama's Recovery Act, which helped save or create more than 150,000 jobs in California alone and provided tax breaks for middle-class families.
Another top priority of Barbara Boxer is kids. She has worked to expand educational opportunities and wrote the law that is helping to make sure 1.7 million of our children have after-school programs that keep them safe and enrich their education with tutoring, music, art, sports and more.
As Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, she's been delivering for California to create jobs in our communities -- building roads, fixing bridges and improving transit systems. She's helped double the transportation funding coming to California for critical local projects. She secured a $546 million federal loan to Metro to fast-track the Crenshaw light rail line.
She has led the fight in the Senate for cleaner air and cleaner water, and she's fought to clean up toxic waste sites that threaten our families.
She has focused on taking care of our veterans when they come home, including securing funding for the first Combat Casualty Care Center on the West Coast to treat severely injured soldiers.
Barbara Boxer fought to pass health-care reform to give our families more access to affordable health care. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, she has been a leader in funding international HIV/AIDS relief in Africa.
After the 2004 presidential election, Barbara Boxer was the only senator to join the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones to challenge the certification of Ohio's electoral votes because of voting irregularities.
Now she's working to help small businesses hire again and to give tax cuts to working families -- not to millionaires, billionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas.
She has been standing up and fighting for us during her three terms in the Senate. Now it's time for us to fight for her.
President Obama said recently that Senator Boxer has stood "shoulder to shoulder" with him through the tough battles in Washington. "California needs her and I know I need her," he said.
It is time to make our voices heard. Vote now -- and make sure your friends and family get to the polls on Tuesday.
There's too much stake for all of us. Get out and vote for Barbara Boxer.
Alfre Woodard is an Emmy Award-winning actress who co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit group. She has also been active in civil rights and voting rights in the United States.
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