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Obama to serve on subcommittees on clean air and clean water
Suntimes News (IL)
Published January 11th, 2005

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Monday announced that he has been appointed to two important subcommittees of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Obama will serve on the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety, and the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water.

"It is crucial for southern Illinois that we aggressively pursue clean coal technology, both because of the critical importance it will play in the economic future of our state, and because of the need to protect our environment," Obama said. "We have an obligation to protect clean water and clear air standards – standards that affect every family in Illinois. These subcommittees will allow me to fight for the families of Illinois – for their jobs, for greater energy independence and for a cleaner environmental future."

Obama pointed out that the subcommittees will allow him to tackle a number of specific challenges important to his Illinois constituents, including combating pollution and invasive species in the Great Lakes, maintaining our lakes’ and rivers’ role in commercial navigation, and improving our lock and dam system.

Senator Obama also serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee.

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