Press Releases

May 25, 2023

Duckworth, Daines Issue Bipartisan Call for USDA to Strengthen Breastfeeding Support Services Through WIC for Low-Income Participants

Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Steve Daines (R-MT) are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build on efforts to promote breastfeeding through the Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and further evaluate how the program can be strengthened to expand access and help ensure breastfeeding support services can better reach low-income participants who wish to breastfeed their infants. In the bipartisan letter, the lawmakers … Continue Reading

May 24, 2023

Duckworth Commends FTC for Advancing Investigation into Potential Collusion by Infant Formula Manufacturers

— U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement commending the Honorable Alvaro Bedoya, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for enforcing the three Civil Investigative Demand (CID) requests the FTC issued to three infant formula manufacturers that bid on contracts to provide formula through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). “I applaud the FTC for following thro… Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Shaheen in Introducing New Legislation to Provide U.S. Servicemembers Access to Protected Leave for Abortion & Reproductive Healthcare Services

Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in unveiling new legislation-the Protecting Servicemembers and Military Families' Access to Healthcare Act-that would codify the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) February 16, 2023, policy to ensure servicemembers and their families can access non-covered reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, regardless of the state in which they are station… Continue Reading

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April 25, 2023

IVF would be covered for federal employees under proposed bipartisan bill

One in every eight couples face challenges while conceiving, according to survey data from Resolve, the National Fertility Association. With more than 9 million people eligible, the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) Program, administered by the government, is the largest employer-sponsored health insurance program in the world. Yet, there is not a single FEHB carrier that offers a nationwide plan covering assisted reproductive technology, which includes all fertility treatments in which eg… Continue Reading

April 25, 2023

Cook County Health to receive over $860,000 to help premature babies at Stroger Hospital

CHICAGO (CBS) - Some big money is coming for some of Cook County Health's tiniest patients. On Monday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth announced $863,000 in federal funding to help premature babies at Stroger Hospital. "We need to make sure that these babies have everything that they need initially to be healthy and to grow and it should not be dependent on your income level, the neighborhood you live in or the color of your skin," Duckworth said. The funding will be spent on high-tech equipment fo… Continue Reading

April 12, 2023

How Chicago Landed the 2024 Democratic National Convention

It's an event nearly 30 years in the making: After hosting the Democratic National Convention in 1996, the event will return to the city of Chicago in 2024, officials on Tuesday confirmed. "The DNC is returning to the Midwest," a news release from the Democratic National Committee read. "A critical Democratic stronghold: Illinois along with Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota - part of the "blue wall" - were crucial to the 2020 victory of President Biden and Vice President Harris and to Democrat… Continue Reading