The rumors are true; the Senate is set to consider major chemical reform. Taking up S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, demonstrates that bipartisan partnership is still possible amid partisan gridlock.
From introduction of S. 697 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to the current slate of 23 Democrat and 33 Republican Senate cosponsors, efforts to fix our broken chemical system have been a real team effort. In addition to the NAM, hundreds of groups have come out supporting S. 697, from industry, labor, and public health, to environmental, wildlife, and animal welfare organizations. This unprecedented effort to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reminds us that there’s still hope for Washington as long as people are willing set differences aside and work together for the greater good. (continue reading…)