July 19, 2019

Duckworth Highlights Environmental Justice Issues at First-Ever Climate Crisis Committee Hearing


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in the Senate’s first-ever hearing of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis this week, where she brought attention to environmental justice issues and spoke with mayors from around the country about what major cities are doing to address climate change. In March, Duckworth helped found the Special Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). A video of Senator Duckworth at the hearing is available here.

“Climate change isn’t some partisan squabble: it’s a national and global security threat,” Duckworth said. “We must do more to combat climate change before it’s too late, which is why I’m glad Senator Schatz convened this critical conversation highlighting the actions cities have taken to reduce their environmental impact and help the low income communities and communities of color that are most impacted by it.”

The hearing featured testimony from Mayors Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, GA), Kirk Caldwell (Honolulu, HI), Melvin Carter (Saint Paul, MN), William Peduto (Pittsburgh, PA) and Ted Wheeler (Portland, OR). Duckworth also recently founded the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus alongside U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE) to call Congress’ attention to the many environmental justice issues affecting our nation.