Boxer has said she will hold a hearing in July on the issue.
The California Democrat is not the only obstacle to the measure. Environmental groups have raised concerns about the Lautenberg-Vitter bill, saying it doesn’t go far enough in instituting new protections.
In a statement issued in May, Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said: “Gone from the bill are all the vital provisions that gave the public hope that Congress would stand up to chemical companies and toughen federal safeguards specifically to protect infants, children and expectant mothers from the toxic industrial chemicals all around us. From its findings and policy goals straight through to its regulatory provisions, this bill falls far short of meeting the pressing need to protect public health and the environment.”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.