The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Wednesday hearing on the Lautenberg-Vitter bill raised questions about the influence of committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., over chemical regulatory reform. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said during the hearing that he and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., would develop the manager's amendment for the bill, intended to update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That idea was rejected by Boxer, who plans to write the manager's amendment, but Vitter and Udall said they will work together to address any concerns, including pre-emption of state laws, so the bill can move forward.

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