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As chair 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

Lessons From the Senate's Climate Change All-nighter

(80) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:19 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 | 7:24 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.

Yet...

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

(288) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 8:10 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 | 5:52 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 | 5:14 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 | 8:01 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 | 2:27 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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Enough With the Fiscal Cliffs Already

(272) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Not every issue is a fiscal cliff.

This week we had a real fiscal cliff that needed to be addressed. Without action by Congress, tax rates for millions of middle-class families were set to rise. Tax breaks like the child tax credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the tuition...

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A False Attack on Amb. Susan Rice

(543) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 4:03 PM

As I have listened to leading Republicans denigrate Ambassador Susan Rice, I am struck by how unfair this attack is, how untruthful it is, and how at odds it is with their past actions.

The truth is, when Ambassador Rice was asked on Face the Nation about the tragic...

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Vote Yes on Prop. 35 to Fight Human Trafficking in California

(17) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Earlier this year, I participated in a moving hearing on human trafficking held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which I am a senior member.
 
We welcomed experts and advocates, including actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith. Each speaker shared powerful, heartbreaking stories about the buying...

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Hurricane Sandy Shows the Stark Choice in This Election

(277) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:52 PM

After watching the images of devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this terrible disaster and the brave first responders working day and night to help them.

As the storm passes, we must come together as Americans to support these...

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What Repealing Health Care Reform Would Mean to America's Families

(679) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Today, House Republicans voted for the 33rd time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It is stunning that Republicans have voted nearly three dozen times to take away life-saving health care from America's families -- heath care that is being used right now by millions in our communities.

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A Woman's Voice

(699) Comments | Posted March 10, 2012 | 11:20 AM

My work is my words and it is rare for me to admit that I need help expressing the depth of my feelings. But given recent events surrounding the vicious attacks on women's health in the Senate, in the House and on the radio airwaves, I have turned to music...

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Time to End Political Attacks on Contraception

(367) Comments | Posted February 11, 2012 | 2:02 PM

With his announcement on Friday, President Obama affirmed that we must protect women's health and the religious freedom of all.

The president's effort to work with all sides to find the middle ground has garnered support from groups ranging from Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Woman to...

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Why President Obama Is Right to Ensure Access to Contraception for America's Families

(698) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 5:43 PM

When President Obama announced that because of health care reform, birth control would soon be available for free in new insurance plans, you would have expected universal approval.

After all, virtually all women, including 98 percent of Catholic women, have used birth control at some point in their lives and...

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America Must Not Back Down on Sustainable Energy

(442) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 11:06 AM

If you read just the headlines these days, you might think renewable energy in America is going the way of Solyndra. Don't take our word for it: a recent headline from Fox News declared "ENTIRE Solar Industry on Brink of Collapse."

We cannot allow long-time opponents of...

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Inflicting Unnecessary Pain on America's Families

(522) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 4:39 PM

House Republicans are expected to pass critical legislation this week to extend a middle class tax cut and unemployment benefits. But their price for this important fiscal stimulus is unrelated, harmful riders which put our families at risk.

Ironically, Republican leaders are offering a payroll tax cut to help American...

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A Clear Budget Choice for America

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Our country must address four major challenges simultaneously: job creation, deficit reduction, American competitiveness and a moral obligation to ensure that the most vulnerable among us have a safety net. The plan President Obama laid out this week passes that test.

Unfortunately, the Republican 2012 budget, which passed the House...

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Repealing Health Care Reform Will Hurt Our Country

(1186) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 12:49 PM

Before House Republicans vote next week to repeal our historic health care reform legislation, they should think about Leah Eve McCollister.

The five-year-old from Castro Valley, California, was born with a condition called neutropenia, which makes her very vulnerable to serious infections. When she was born, Leah wasn't covered under...

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100,000 Strong

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 2:07 PM

It's no secret: I'm in the middle of a tough reelection campaign against my right-wing opponent, Carly Fiorina.

Carly Fiorina is relying on her multimillion dollar personal checkbook to fund her Senate campaign against me. She's already poured in millions of dollars, and she's ready to spend millions more. And...

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