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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

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

(0) 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

(34) 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

(225) 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?

(337) 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

(0) 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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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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