March 03, 2017

Duckworth Named Ranking Member of Subcommittee Overseeing Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement and Preventing Lead Contamination


WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has been tapped to serve as Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, which is tasked with ensuring clean water and helping prevent lead contamination of water systems. Duckworth also secured assignments on the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, which offer important platforms for her to advocate for Illinois's economic priorities such as improvements to its highways, bridges and the locks and dams of the Mississippi River and for the preservation and restoration of the Great Lakes.

"We have a moral obligation to make sure our children's drinking water is clean and safe, and as the top-ranking Democrat on this subcommittee I will do everything I can to ensure our water systems aren't poisoning our children," said Senator Duckworth. "I'm also looking forward to serving as a voice for the hardworking people of Illinois by advocating for infrastructure investments that create good-paying jobs and by protecting the Great Lakes from pollution and invasive species like the Asian Carp."

Duckworth's Subcommittees have jurisdiction over several federal agencies including the Federal Highway Administration, the Mississippi River Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They focus on issues as wide-ranging as protecting clean air and safe drinking water, enforcing green building standards, and ensuring the effectiveness of federal disaster relief programs.