July 30, 2013, 3:51 p.m.; Corrected July 31, 2013 4:20 p.m.
As a result of this balanced approach, our bill has been endorsed by a wide spectrum of outside groups and experts ó from the left and the right, the environmental, business and labor union communities. The supporters are too numerous to list exhaustively, but they include Sens. Tom Udall, Charles E. Schumer, Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins.
Now weíre in the homestretch. We are clearly within sight of passing this bipartisan breakthrough, and we need to get it across the finish line. Anything short of that would be a badly missed opportunity that would likely set efforts to reform and update our chemical safety law back for years.
For the safety of our families, for the health of our economy, and for the memory of Frank Lautenberg, letís get this important job done.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect title for Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. He was not chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.