Press Releases

May 23, 2024

Duckworth Introduces Legislation to Improve Access to High-Quality Medical Care for Servicemembers and Military Families in the Indo-Pacific

Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC)—introduced legislation to improve medical readiness within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and ensure our nation’s servicemembers and their families have access to quality patient care throughout the Indo-Pacific region—where they often must to travel long distances to receive care—whether during peacetime or in the… Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

Duckworth Condemns Senate Republicans for Blocking Bipartisan Border Security Legislation That They Negotiated, Again

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement condemning Senate Republicans for blocking the Senate from even beginning debate on the bipartisan border security legislation that they helped negotiate yet again: “After loudly complaining about the urgent need to ‘fix our border’ for years, it’s disappointing to see my Republican colleagues—at Donald Trump’s request—refuse to even allow a debate on a bipartisan border deal that Senate Republicans l… Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Duckworth and Durbin Announce $17.8 Million in EPA Grant Funding to Clean and Redevelop Contaminated Illinois Sites

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—Chair of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus—and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)—a member of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus—announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded 10 grants, totaling $17,833,610, to Illinois communities to assess, clean, and redevelop “brownfield” contaminated waste sites.  Brownfields are properties upon which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence or potentia… Continue Reading

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March 27, 2024

Senator Tammy Duckworth Is Demanding Rights for Disabled People

ELLE - Senator Tammy Duckworth still hasn’t seen Barbie. Last summer, she made headlines when she told Politico that a broken elevator prevented her and other wheelchair users from accessing a movie theater, ruining a planned outing with her daughters. That kind of thing happens to her a lot. When she’s home in Chicago, the Democratic senator from Illinois feels like she can’t even ride the L train, because she doesn’t know whether the station she’s traveling to is up-to-date on posting its acce… Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

Why IVF looks different in the US than in the rest of the world

Earlier this month the Atlantic ran an opinion piece describing the American fertility industry as “strangely undeveloped” from a regulatory perspective. The two authors — a conservative political analyst and an anti-abortion bioethicist — claimed the landscape for assisted reproductive technology has left “parents, children, clinics and practitioners” without basic protections and safety guardrails. Their ominous arguments are part of a much older debate over whether the US fertility industry … Continue Reading

March 20, 2024

Sen. Duckworth pushes for protection of IVF treatments

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-8th) is urging federal lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation to protect in-vitro fertilization treatment. "It comes about a month after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling briefly halted some procedures in the state.  "When Alabama defined a fertilized egg to be a person, and their code defines murder as intentionally causing the death of a person, the intentional disposal of an embryo, even a non-viable one that could cause a miscarriag… Continue Reading