Dem senators launch Environmental Justice Caucus

Dem senators launch Environmental Justice Caucus
© Greg Nash

A trio of Democratic senators on Monday announced the creation of the Environmental Justice Caucus in the Senate. 

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-N.J.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthIllinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary Trump weighs in on airport screening delays: 'We must get it right. Safety first!' Returning Americans face long screening lines at airports MORE (D-Ill.) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Critics blast EPA move as 'license to pollute' during pandemic | Trump expected to roll back Obama mileage standards| Group plans to sue over rollback of water law Trump administration expected to roll back Obama-era mileage standards Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy MORE (D-Del.) made the announcement on Earth Day and said the caucus will work to raise awareness of environmental issues that have impacted low-income communities and people of color. 

The caucus will also work to help those individuals and communities by providing assistance to them and creating legislation. 

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Duckworth said in a statement that all Americans have "the right to breathe safe air, drink clean water and live on uncontaminated land regardless of their zip code, the size of their wallet and the color of their skin."

"However, too often that is not the case, especially for low income communities and people of color. That’s why I’m proud to start the Senate’s first Environmental Justice Caucus to raise awareness of the fact that communities of color face public health challenges at alarming rates while too many in power look the other way," Duckworth said. 

"Together, we will be strong advocates for every person’s right to a safe, healthy and livable environment," she continued.

Booker, who is running for president in 2020 and has support the Green New Deal, said in a statement that "communities of color, low income communities, and indigenous communities" in the U.S. "disproportionately face environmental hazards and harmful pollutants on a daily basis."

"Clean air and clean water shouldn’t be luxuries for the privileged, and the Environmental Justice Caucus is an important step toward raising awareness and taking action to address this injustice," he added.