Vitter Announces Growing Support for Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Bill

New groups supporting include National Hispanic Medical Association and five unions who support Vitter’s bill that will help Louisiana’s chemical industry

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced additional support for the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), which he coauthored and introduced with the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has taken over as the lead democratic Senator working with Vitter to further strengthen and improve the bipartisan legislation to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Chemical manufacturers are among the largest employers in Louisiana.

“Our nation is currently regulating chemicals under a law that is 38 years old, which is antiquated at best and in dire need of reform, both to help boost job growth in Louisiana and improve overall safety,” said Vitter. “The Chemical Safety Improvement Act is a carefully crafted compromise that provides real opportunity to significantly overhaul a major environmental law for the first time in decades, and I am proud to announce the support of additional organizations from around the country.”

Earlier this month, the National Hispanic Medical Association announced their support of the CSIA. The NHMA represents 45,000 licensed Hispanic physicians throughout the country. Five union groups have also announced support of the bipartisan legislation.

The CSIA is cosponsored by 12 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Additionally, two previous senior EPA toxics officials under President’s Obama and Bush have lauded the bipartisan compromise legislation to reform the nation's chemical laws. Click here to read more.

Additional endorsements or supportive statements for this effort have also been provided by the following organizations:

Environmental Defense Fund
American Academy of Pediatrics
The Humane Society
The New York Times
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune
National Hispanic Medical Association
American Alliance for Innovation
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
North America’s Building Trades Union
SMART-Transportation Division
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Third Way

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