Will Senator Barack Obama address environmental justice during his presidential campaign? Will his recognition or lack thereof be a litmus test among environmental justice activists for their support? Does he want or need that support? Some in the Black community are already questioning Obama's 'black' bona fides. Senator Obama introduced legislation with Hillary Clinton during the last Congress to address environmental and health issues in vulnerable communities. They have not reintroduced the bill in the 110th Congress. Now that they are competitors for the presidency, do not expect them to cosponsor this legislation again.
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) introduced the Healthy Communities Act of 2005 on November 17, 2005. The bill was cosponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY). The bill establishes an advisory committee, calls for an environmental health report card, establishes health action zones that qualify for grants, calls for environmental health research, and calls for environmental health workforce development. The bill did not address or resolve the Sandoval problem.