May 2, 2013
Re "Israel's free pass from Boxer ," Opinion, April 28 Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens from harm. Contrary to George Bisharat's assertion, no "free pass" will be given to Israel to racially profile Americans entering that country if Congress includes Israel in the U.S visa waiver program. In reality, the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), would add Israel to a list of 37 countries currently participating in the program.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Barbara Boxer has long been one of the Senate's environmental champions, racking up perfect scores for each of the last five years on the League of Conservation Voters' report card on key votes. But the Californian now finds herself on the opposite side of an issue from her usual environmental allies and some of her fellow Democrats. Environmentalists are upset because she is pushing legislation that would impose deadlines for environmental reviews of water projects, a move they see as "tilting the scales" toward rushed approvals.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have served longer together than any other pair of California senators - 20 years - and will soon replace Iowa's team as the current longest-serving tandem. In a chamber where the presence of spittoons and snuffboxes testifies to the power of tradition, that historically would have meant they could exert more influence on behalf of the state. For generations, seniority has aided senators in delivering federal largesse back home.
April 12, 2013 |
Saying too many homes have been lost “to bank malfeasance or error,” Sen. Barbara Boxer called for federal investigations into whether banks are breaking the consumer-protection pledges they made in last year's $26-billion settlement of foreclosure-abuse investigations. “I am extremely concerned over reports that banks continue to violate the rights of homeowners and the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement,” Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and Joseph A. Smith, the official monitor for the settlement.
April 6, 2013 |
When the World Trade Organization found last year that U.S. labeling requirements for dolphin-safe tuna put Mexican tuna fishermen at a trade disadvantage, marine advocates worried that the federal government would weaken its dolphin-safe standards. Instead, a proposed rule published Friday by the National Marine Fisheries Service would expand the certification requirements. In the eastern tropical Pacific -- which roughly extends from San Diego west to Hawaii and south to Peru -- dolphins and large yellowfin tuna swim together in closely packed schools.
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April 5, 2013 |
As Los Angeles faces the possibility of having no women holding elected office at City Hall come July, some of California's most well-known female politicians joined forces to promote Wendy Greuel's mayoral bid. Greuel was endorsed by U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who appeared Thursday alongside other politicians who had already endorsed Greuel, including Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Reps. Janice Hahn and Judy Chu. In the evening, Boxer headlined a fundraiser for Greuel that was also hosted by EMILY'S List, an organization devoted to promoting pro-choice, Democratic women.