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
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.