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September 23, 2020

Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage

by Steve Beynon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the use of camouflage uniforms by federal law enforcement following criticism during the summer that federal agents assigned to control racial protests looked like National Guard troops. "The Trump administration's decision to deploy federal law enforcement officers outfitted in camouflage uniforms in response to those protesting the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans blurred the lines between … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

New policies now in place for military children seeking US citizenship

by Caitlin Kenney

WASHINGTON - Military children who are not U.S. citizens and live overseas with their American parents are finally able to obtain citizenship automatically now that a new law is being implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which had changed the policy last year. USCIS announced Friday that it had updated its policy to implement the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act, almost a year after the agency had changed how it determined the residency … Continue Reading


September 19, 2020

No, We Weren’t ‘Suckers’ or ‘Losers’

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

If Donald Trump had been on the battlefield with me in Iraq back in November 2004, I doubt I ever would've made it home. In the Army, part of our soldier's creed involves never leaving a fallen comrade behind. The only reason I am alive today is that, after a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting, my buddies embodied that creed. They thought I was dead but still risked their own safety to bring my body back home to my family. Only when they got me to … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

The Personal and the Political: The Transformational Politics of Sen. Tammy Duckworth

by Elan Young

In 2004, when US Army Captain Tammy Duckworth, now a senator from Illinois, woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq, she found herself in unrelenting, all-consuming pain. She remembers realizing that she was suddenly mission-less-a helicopter pilot with no legs. Duckworth grew up in Southeast Asia while her father, an Army and Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II and the Vietnam War, worked for the United … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Congressional watchdog to review Army’s sexual harassment and assault prevention program

by Kyle Rempfer
Source: Army Times

The Government Accountability Office accepted a request from Army veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to conduct an independent review of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program, Duckworth's office announced Friday. A full scope and timeline for the GAO review wasn't released. But in her initial request in July, Duckworth asked that the GAO to design a survey to obtain soldiers' views on the SHARP program's effectiveness and shortcomings, as evaluated … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

More than $11M will go to support Ill. health centers

by Amber Ruch
Source: KFVS12

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The state of Illinois will receive $11.5 million in federal grants to support 44 Community Health Centers. The following Illinois health centers will receive funding: Access Community Health Network (Chicago): $367,750 Alivio Medical Center (Chicago): $222,701 Asian Human Services Family Health Center, Inc. (Chicago): $220,250 Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, Inc. (Olympia Fields): $470,481 Cass County Health Department (Virginia): … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

GAO agrees to review Army's sexual harassment program

by Rose A. Thayer

The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday accepted a request from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to review the Army's sexual harassment response program in the wake of the disappearance and death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, the senator's office announced Friday. The review will look at the implementation and effectiveness of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, after Guillen's family said the soldier had experienced sexual harassment on … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Ill. counties to receive $2.4M in FEMA reimbursement funding for flooding recovery

by Amber Ruch
Source: KFVS12

SOUTHERN Ill. (KFVS) - Some Illinois counties, including ones in southern Illinois, will receive millions of dollars in FEMA reimbursement funding for flooding recovery. The state was awarded a total of $2,414,009 in federal funding to offset costs related to the historic flooding from February 24 to July 3, 2019. It will go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The money will reimburse them for emergency work … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Duckworth: Republicans gut Americans with Disabilities Act in coronavirus relief bill

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: USA Today

I gathered my notes, took a sip of water and spoke out in the Senate chamber this month on behalf of the millions of Americans living with disabilities - and on behalf of the many more who, whether they know it or not, are just one bad day, one bad diagnosis, away from acquiring a disability as well. I went to the floor on their behalf, because I came to the floor by rolling through the Capitol's corridors in the wheelchair I'm writing this from. And I could come to the floor because 30 years … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Tammy Duckworth among inspiring Illinois Women of the Century

by Corina Curry

From the skyscrapers of Chicago to the open plains of the Prairie State, Illinois is famous for its rich diversity and Midwestern values. So it should come as no surprise that the state's most influential and inspiring women represent that same diversity, cultural richness and spirit of America's heartland. As the country commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the legal right to vote, the USA TODAY Network is identifying 10 women from each of the 50 … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Pompeo Says He and Military Warned Russia on Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops

by Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he warned Russia against offering bounties for killing American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, even as President Trump has denigrated as a "hoax" a C.I.A. assessment that Russia carried out such a covert operation. Mr. Pompeo's remarks in an interview on Wednesday came as new details emerged about one aspect of evidence, involving Russian passport numbers, that led C.I.A. analysts to link the suspected bounty operation to the elite Unit … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Duckworth hosts virtual meeting with southern Illinois Mayors

by Jessica Ladd
Source: KFVS12

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth held a virtual meeting with eight mayors from the Southern Illinois Mayor's Association to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their communities Tuesday. Duckworth and the local leaders also discussed what communities are looking for in a future federal relief package and how her office can help Southern Illinois with recovering from both the economic and health impacts of the pandemic. "Our local governments have been hit … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Senate Republicans ‘Have Declared War’ On The ADA, Says Duckworth

by Peter Slatin
Source: Forbes

Never mind the ACA. Let's gut the ADA. Senate Republicans, unsuccessful (so far) in ridding the nation of the pesky Affordable Care Act, have decided to follow the alphabet one letter forward and are taking aim at another favorite conservative punching bag, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, (D-Ill.) accused her Republican colleagues of "declaring war on the ADA." Seizing on the national crisis presented by the novel coronavirus and Covid-19 and focusing on protecting … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act

by Zack Budryk
Source: The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the first disabled woman elected to the Senate, slammed Senate Republicans' coronavirus relief proposal in a floor speech Wednesday evening, saying it would "gut" the Americans with Disabilities Act. Duckworth invoked the "Capitol Crawl" by wheelchair users lobbying for the 1990 legislation, including eight-year-old Jennifer Keelan, who was heard to say "I'll take all night if I have to." "Thirty years ago this legislative body said people like me mattered, but … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $7 Million In Federal Funds For Housing For Low-Income Illinoisans With Disabilities

by CBS 2 Chicago Staff

WASHINGTON (CBS) - U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) on Wednesday announced $7 million in federal funding to create rental units for low-income Illinois residents with disabilities. The funding will go to the Illinois Housing Development Authority. It comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. "Expanding access to affordable housing is crucial to helping Illinoisans with … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Tammy Duckworth Wants to Know WTF Are We Supposed to Do With Our Kids During COVID?

Sen. Tammy Duckworth may be on Biden's VP shortlist. But when it comes to childcare during the pandemic, she's just as confused as the rest of us. "So my choice is five hours of homeschooling every day for my daughter and failing her, because I'm not a trained educator, or sending her to a school where she could very likely get this virus or bring it home and get her 2-year-old sister sick or my 79-year-old mom, who lives with us," Duckworth tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s Big Idea: A Marshall Plan for Coal Country

by Marisa Schultz
Source: Fox News

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., wants to give struggling coal communities a jolt of new federal investment and help transition out-of-work miners into new jobs and cleaner energy production. Duckworth, considered a potential running mate for Joe Biden, introduced sweeping new legislation this month that gives Medicare coverage to laid-off coal workers, provides tuition-free college for coal workers and their families, calls for a $15 dollar minimum wage and modifies U.S. bankruptcy rules to … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

A Conversation with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

An Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and the current junior senator from Illinois, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) is also on Joe Biden's purported vice-presidential shortlist. Washington Post Live hosted Duckworth in conversation with Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on her home state, how she views demonstrations for social justice across the country and her thoughts about the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Harris, Booker, Duckworth Unveil Environmental Justice Measure

by Stephen Lee

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.), and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) rolled out an environmental justice bill on Thursday aimed at underserved communities and communities of color. The Environmental Justice for All Act would require permitting agencies to consider cumulative impacts under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act and strengthen the National Environmental Policy Act to mandate "early and meaningful involvement in actions impacting communities," including tribes, … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Tammy Duckworth Says She Won't Let President Trump 'Politicize Our Government'

by Abigail Abrams
Source: TIME

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said on Thursday that she views President Donald Trump sending federal agents to confront protesters in U.S. cities as an "abuse of power" and does not want federal forces intervening at demonstrations in her home state of Illinois. "The abuse of power that we saw in Portland, that could happen anywhere should worry every single one of us," she said during a TIME 100 Talks discussion. "It's a continuation of the politicization of federal government that's being … Continue Reading

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