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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

Mike Pence: A Right-Wing Record On Steroids

(191) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 2:37 PM

It has long been said that the choice of a running mate is the most important decision a Presidential candidate will make.

Well, Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential nominee speaks volumes about just how dangerous a Trump Administration would be.

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De-Escalate The Suspicion, Escalate The Trust

(8) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:21 PM

When I was a young girl, about 10 years old in 1950, I came face to face with ugly, vile, stupid and dangerous discrimination: I cheered Jackie Robinson on with all my girl power to counteract what my father said was hatred aimed at Jackie for the color of his...

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On Gun Violence -- Let's Come Together And Stop the Heartbreak

(86) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 7:19 PM

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Tucson. Aurora. Newtown. Navy Yard. Isla Vista. Charleston. Umpqua. Colorado Springs. San Bernardino.

And now Orlando is etched into the list of places in America that have been forever scarred by gun violence.

In the aftermath of each of these deadly mass shootings, we express...

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An Open Letter to Steph Curry

(46) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 5:22 PM

Dear Steph,

I have not written a fan letter to an athlete since I was a young girl and wrote to one of my personal heroes, Jackie Robinson.

But decades later, after watching your incredible performance Monday night coming off a tough injury, I felt compelled to openly praise your...

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Americans Want to Fight Climate Change -- Let's Give Them a Way to Help

(147) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:57 PM

While we fight to save our planet from the ravages of climate change through the Clean Air Act, international agreements, better fuel mileage standards and clean energy incentives, climate change is already happening. The evidence is all around us, from record high temperatures, wildfires, severe storms and floods to a...

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Time for Congress to Act on Campus Sexual Assault

(33) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:57 PM

One in four.

When we send our daughters and granddaughters to college, those are the odds that they will become victims of sexual assault before they graduate. According to a new campus survey released by the Department of Justice last week, at least one in 14 of our...

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Republican Lesson From Flint: Support Measures to Increase Contamination in Water Supplies

(179) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 5:09 PM

After seeing news reports over the past several weeks concerning the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, I was shocked and dismayed at a meeting yesterday of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) to consider S. 659, the so-called "Bipartisan Sportsmen Act," which included an unrelated amendment that weakens our...

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Time to Stop the GOP Fearmongering

(275) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 6:04 PM

When Donald Trump said he would not rule out special identification cards for Muslims, I got the chills. It took me back to when I was a child, and I learned that Jews were forced by the Nazis to wear the Star of David on their clothing.

And it...

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A GOP Pattern of Vicious Attacks on Planned Parenthood

(28) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:06 PM

Almost 100 years after the founder of Planned Parenthood was arrested for distributing birth control information, Republicans are attacking the group in an unprecedented fashion.

This week, the GOP members of a congressional committee subjected Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, to more than five hours of outrageous accusations --...

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On the Iran Deal, Ignore the 30 Second Ads

(121) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:54 PM

The TV ads from the opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement are already appearing in our living rooms, full of grave warnings for the world if Congress approves the deal reached by our President and supported by our allies such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Jordan, Saudi...

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Just the Latest Attack on Planned Parenthood and the Women It Serves

(445) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:02 PM

This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which have provided millions of Americans with accessible, affordable health care.

These are lifelines that from their start were attacked by Republicans and their extremist allies around the country. But we held strong and 50 years later, generations of...

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The Right Balance for Sanctuary Cities

(101) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The horrific slaying of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by a convicted felon who illegally crossed the border five times shocked our community, our state and our nation.

What is so painful to me is that I do not believe that it was ever the intent of California law to...

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An Open Letter to the Supreme Court Justices on the Obamacare Ruling

(355) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 7:48 AM

An Open Letter to Justices John G. Roberts, Jr., Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony M. Kennedy, and Sonia Sotomayor.

In my 32 years serving the people of California in Congress, I have never written to Supreme Court Justices. But your ruling in the King v. Burwell...

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The Middle Class Needs Help -- Not a Fast Track to Trade Deals

(58) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:16 AM

They say timing is everything in life. Well, if that's true, the timing of this legislation to approve fast-track trade authority could not be worse for middle-class families.

The middle class is having a terribly hard time -- perhaps the worst time in modern history. In California,...

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No End in Sight to GOP Hostage Taking

(291) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Republicans have been running the Senate for just over two months, but already we're seeing a clear pattern of hostage taking and playing politics at the expense of the American people.

Time and again, this Republican majority has tried to inject unrelated, extreme, politically charged matters into key pieces of...

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Confronting Terrorism Without Another American Ground War

(92) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:59 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

(268) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 7:42 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 | 9:57 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 | 3:42 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

(313) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:44 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.

In...

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