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 — 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 we’re 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, let’s 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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.