Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following statement regarding a letter from the White House counsel. The letter was in response to Sen. Boxer's request for information relating to the material cut from testimony written by Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gerberding testified at an October 23 Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the impacts of global warming on public health

Senator Boxer said: "I am stunned that the White House is hiding behind ‘separation of powers' and ‘executive privilege' arguments to stop the American people from getting the truth about the serious public health impacts of global warming. If I do not receive the requested information in a timely fashion, I am preserving all options to obtain it."

The letter to Senator Boxer from the White House, and Senator Boxer's responses to the President and Vice President, are attached.

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