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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

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

(125) 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

(509) 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

(102) 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

(359) 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

(66) 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

(292) 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

(97) 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

(270) 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

(316) 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.


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

(82) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 3:25 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 | 12:29 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

(30) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 10:21 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 | 5:22 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 | 12:25 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

(224) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:42 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?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:44 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

(134) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 9:50 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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