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As ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), a member of Senate Leadership and a forceful advocate for her home state of California, Barbara Boxer is one of the foremost leaders of progressive politics in the nation today. Senator Boxer also serves on the Senate Committees on Commerce and Foreign Relations, is the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, and serves on the Democratic Policy Committee's Committee on Oversight and Investigations. She became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives. California voters elected her to a fourth term in November 2010.

Entries by Sen. Barbara Boxer

Confronting Terrorism Without Another American Ground War

(98) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Three months ago when Democrats were in control of the Senate, I voted in the Foreign Relations Committee for an AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) which authorized the President to continue working with a broad coalition to degrade and destroy the terrorist group ISIL.

Unfortunately, that...

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So Much for a More Open, Respectful GOP Senate

(270) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:42 PM

I wasn't shocked when Senate Republicans made their first order of business a bill pushed by Canadian special interests. I knew they had made a commitment to Big Oil to force through a vote on the Keystone tar sands pipeline, which would carry the dirtiest oil on earth across our...

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A New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

(17) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 10:57 AM

In 1975, a report released by a special Senate Committee found "concrete evidence of at least eight plots involving the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) to assassinate Fidel Castro." The report detailed the various plans hatched during the 1960s to assassinate the Communist leader using poison pills and cigars, a ball-point...

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Dear Senator Cruz: Stop Scapegoating Immigrant Families

(40) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Last night during the Senate debate on funding the government, I listened to my colleagues' remarks, some of which ranged far afield from the budget itself.

That was fine. But what was not fine -- what was objectionable, what was truly upsetting -- were the remarks from Senator Cruz...

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Dear Mr. President: Act Now on Immigration

(289) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:44 AM

In light of the refusal by the Republican House of Representatives to pass the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill, I urge you to take executive action to fulfill the critical goals of that comprehensive bill, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 68-32 on June 27, 2013.


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Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening?

(82) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of...

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The GOP's Meat-Ax Approach to Government

(26) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:29 PM

As we approach Election Day, many issues are coming into focus for the voters. The question I always think has to be answered is, who is on your side -- really on your side? Whose agenda would protect you and whose agenda would endanger you?

Just look at the Ebola...

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What Really Is On the Ballot this November

(34) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:21 AM

No matter what Republicans say, President Obama is not on the ballot this November. The GOP can't seem to admit to the public that the President has already run his last race.

I guess the reason Republicans are so desperate to make this fall's elections all about...

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Marchers Need to Stay Involved in the Congressional Climate Fight

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:22 PM

The historic Climate March in New York City is a big wake-up call for Congress, as more than 300,000 citizens demonstrated their support for action to avert the disastrous impacts of climate change on American families.

House Republicans have not only stymied congressional action to stop dangerous climate change...

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House GOP Must Act on Immigration

(116) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Whether you believe President Obama should fix our broken immigration system through executive action or not, I have news: We could address this problem in two hours.

That's how long it would it take to hold a House vote if Republican Speaker John Boehner would just bring up the bipartisan...

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Try Governing for a Change

(225) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:42 PM

On their way out of town Friday night, House Republicans launched a mean-spirited assault on immigrant children.

It was stunning. One by one, Republican members of the House voted to turn their backs on fairness, compassion and common sense -- and go after DREAMers in California...

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Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century?

(337) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." These four words are at the heart of the promise of our country -- that every American should be treated equally.

That is why millions...

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The GOP's Benghazi Witch Hunt

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:50 AM

You don't need a degree in political science to know that the House Republicans' latest "investigation" of Benghazi is a political witch hunt.

It was clear before the Republican chairman of the new Select Committee on Benghazi suggested he wants to put the administration on...

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Lessons From the Senate's Climate Change All-nighter

(80) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:19 PM

When my colleagues and I finished our all-nighter on the Senate floor on Tuesday morning, we had spoken for more than 14 hours to draw attention to the threat posed by climate change. As we had hoped, we engaged the American people in our efforts to wake up the Congress...

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Senate Women Say: Raise The Minimum Wage!

(10) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Co-authored by:
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Tammy Baldwin

Last week, the Democratic women senators stood together at an amazing event where we delivered a very important message: No American woman should ever work a full-time job and still raise her children in poverty.


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What Century Are You Living In? An Open Letter to House Republicans

(288) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:10 AM

With all of the incredible challenges facing our nation -- the need to rebuild our infrastructure, create jobs, improve education and address the threat of climate change -- one would expect that these pressing issues would be at the top of your agenda.

But last week I...

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Enough Is Enough: Congress Must Pay Its Bills

(516) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 6:52 PM

How much more pain and uncertainty do Americans have to endure before Congress decides that it should pay the bills it has racked up? Businesses and families must always pay their bills and so must Congress.

The first time lawmakers flirted with a disastrous default on our nation's bills back...

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The Wrong Choice for Grameen Bank

(29) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:14 PM

As Members of the United States Senate who are committed to the economic advancement of women around the globe, we are profoundly troubled by recent proposals that would fundamentally alter the future of Bangladesh's Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank.

For more than three decades, Grameen Bank -- headquartered...

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Benghazi: A Desperate GOP Attack

(1369) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 9:01 PM

If my Republican colleagues are serious about conducting real oversight on the tragedy in Benghazi, they should start by looking in the mirror.

Their first order of business should be examining the abhorrent cuts that House Republicans made to our State Department's embassy security budget -- cuts...

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Letter to Cantor: Match Your Words With Sequester Action

(102) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:27 PM

An Open Letter to Majority Leader Cantor

Dear Mr. Cantor:

This week, you delivered a speech outlining four major issues that you say are now of great importance to you: education, health care, job growth and innovation. I agree that these priorities are critical to America's families,...

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