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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 29, 2020

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth Weighs In On Latest Stimulus Plans

by Bianca Martin and Zach Wilson

Congress is currently deciding how much money should be spent in the next coronavirus stimulus package. Reset checks in with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth to discuss ongoing negotiations, as well as her thoughts on Attorney General William Barr's recent congressional testimony. GUEST: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

U.S. senators request EPA help to fix “urgent public health crisis” in Centreville

by Kavahn Mansouri and DeAsia Paige

CENTREVILLE - U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin want the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help solve flooding and sewage issues in Centreville, where residents say their lives have been upended for decades due to failed infrastructure. The Illinois Democrats called the situation in Centreville an "urgent public health crisis" in a letter this week to EPA Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede. "Centreville is located adjacent to East St. Louis and is a low income, largely … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Bill Would Mandate EPA Require Toxic Emissions Monitoring

by Amena H. Saiyid
Source: Bloomberg

A Democrat bill being introduced Wednesday would give the EPA up to four months to require monitoring of ethylene oxide and other cancer-causing toxic air pollutants at the fencelines of chemical manufacturing plants. The Public Health Air Quality Act of 2020, sponsored by Democrats Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.), would require the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to monitor toxic air pollutants at facilities they say are "contributing … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Senator Duckworth floats plan to rescue coal country

by Valerie Volcovici
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth on Thursday unveiled a plan to rehabilitate communities hurt by the decline of the U.S. coal industry - an appeal to a political constituency seen as important in the November election. The bill would direct investment to communities reeling from closures of mines and coal-fired power plants in recent years, to create new jobs and help them grapple with issues like opiod addiction and black lung disease, she said. "We can't … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

'My eyes opened': Duckworth's environmental justice journey

by George Cahlink
Source: E&E News

When Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth ran for the Senate four years ago, she was shocked by statistics showing far higher levels of pollution in low-income communities on Chicago's South Side than in the rest of the state. The then-suburban House lawmaker learned that the life expectancy rate drops 13 years as one travels along eight stops on the Windy City's L train, from wealthy and more middle-class areas into its more impoverished, mostly minority neighborhoods. "I had my eyes opened," … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Duckworth: Trump sees these true patriots as enemies

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: CNN

(CNN) - Marching and chanting, grieving and kneeling, countless Americans have braved tear gas and rubber bullets over the past six weeks to send an unequivocal message to their elected leaders: that they will not stand idly by as racial injustice continues to tear at our country. In this moment of national reckoning, and particularly as we celebrated Independence Day last weekend, I can think of nothing more patriotic. These citizens understand that doing the tireless, often thankless … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Duckworth Decries Trump Inaction On Bounty Report

by Associated Press Television News

Former combat veteran, Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, condemned the inaction of US President Donald Trump over reports that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. After reports of the bounties surfaced, Duckworth said Trump, "went right on placing Russian interests ahead of American lives." "Not once, not once in the past 72 hours has he found the time to express outrage that American servicemen and women are dead," … Continue Reading

June 27, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Demands Senate Hearing Into Report Russia Secretly Offered Bounties To Afghan Militants For Killing U.S. Troops

by Staff

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling for a Senate hearing into a report Russia secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for the killing of American troops, and that President Donald Trump has known about it for months, but did nothing. "First, Donald Trump encouraged Russia to interfere in our democracy, and they did. Now, Russia is secretly paying militants to kill U.S. troops. Trump has known for months but apparently done nothing to stop them," Duckworth … Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

Senator Who Used to Fly Black Hawks Calls for Answers on Army Helicopter Probe

by Matthew Cox

Former Army UH-60 Blackhawk pilot and Senate Armed Services Committee member Tammy Duckworth told the Army's top official this week that she wanted to know who is responsible for the use of low-flying helicopters to suppress crowds of protesters in Washington, D.C. The Democratic senator from Illinois also talked to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy about "the need" to ban the Confederate Battle Flag from all Army installations after the Navy and the Marine Corps made similar moves in the wake of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2020

Senator Tammy Duckworth: Our Black Servicemembers Deserve Better Than Military Bases Named After Confederate Officers

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: TIME

John Brown Gordon was no American hero. A slave-owner and rumored Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, Gordon betrayed his nation by serving as a Confederate general during the Civil War, and then used his position among Georgia's elite to stoke white supremacy long after the last bullet of the war had been fired. And today, the United States Military that he took up arms against continues to honor his memory. Situated halfway between Savannah and Atlanta, Fort Gordon is an Army training base … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Bill would block presidents with no military service from being buried in Arlington Cemetery

by Abbie Bennett

A United States senator and combat veteran introduced a bill that would block presidents or vice presidents with no military service from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said the legislation is aimed at preserving the limited space left available in the cemetery for those who have served in the Armed Forces. The bill would not affect anyone already interred at the cemetery. The U.S. Army recently recommended restricting eligibility for burial at … Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

It broke my heart to watch two generals walk like lapdogs behind a five-time draft-dodger

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Last week, Donald Trump trampled the First Amendment rights of Americans to peaceably assemble for a redress of grievances. Even before any curfew went into effect, the Trump administration ordered federal law enforcement to violently remove Americans who stood in his way of a disgusting, crass photo-op. The president may have been waving a Bible, but in using police to forcibly remove a priest and seminarian from his camera shot, he revealed his contempt for the truly faithful. As if that … Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth Among Co-Sponsors of ‘Justice in Policing' Bill

by Staff

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are among a large group of Democratic lawmakers sponsoring a police reform bill in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. The senators joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) along with Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, in introducing the bill, titled the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020" this week. "We … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

MSNBC: 'Lap dogs': Sen. Duckworth slams military leadership's response to Trump

by Andrea Mitchell Reports
Source: MSNBC

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss her call for national standards for police behavior to address systemic racism and police brutality. Sen. Duckworth also delivers a sharp rebuke of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, for "carrying out the president's twisted idea of what military is supposed to do," and that the use of the troops to control protests "is not the appropriate use of our … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: Trump’s Use Of Military Against Protesters Is ‘Disgusting’

by Jennifer Bendery
Source: Huffpost

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth flew Black Hawk helicopters to fight al Qaeda in Iraq and nearly lost her life doing so. Now, President Donald Trump is using military helicopters ? along with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades ? to intimidate Americans protesting racism and police brutality outside the White House. Duckworth is livid. "The military is not to be used against Americans," the Illinois Democrat said in an interview Tuesday. "He is perverting, at best, the role of … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

MSNBC: Sen. Duckworth: Military force against peaceful protesters a ‘betrayal of the troops’

by The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
Source: MSNBC

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, tells Lawrence O'Donnell that top military leaders need to "stand up" to President Trump when his orders are unlawful, instead of being the president's "lap dogs who are willing to follow him in battle dress … Continue Reading

June 01, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: Fight for the justice that George Floyd Didn't Get

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: CNN

(CNN) First, he said "I can't breathe." Then, he called out "mama" for his late mother. Last Monday, in Minneapolis during broad daylight, George Floyd was slowly, publicly killed by someone whose responsibility was to "protect and serve." Then-Officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been rightly fired, spent at about three minutes ignoring Floyd's cries of pain-refusing to move his knee from Floyd's neck, refusing to let up even as the man under him begged for life and lost consciousness. Then … Continue Reading

May 30, 2020

Senators call for investigation into Pulaski County jail amid COVID-19 outbreak

by Brian Munoz

ULLIN - U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are calling on federal oversight agencies to investigate conditions at the Pulaski County Detention Center amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. In a letter sent Friday, Illinois' two Democratic senators called on the investigatory arms of the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Homeland Security to "immediately investigate urgent public health concerns" for detainees and facility staff. Durbin and Duckworth write … Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Senators Ask Labor Inspector General for Review of OSHA’s Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Courtney Buble

On Wednesday, a group of senators called on the Labor Department inspector general to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's actions during the novel coronavirus pandemic following criticism the agency is not doing enough to protect workers. Former officials and lawmakers have called on OSHA to have a more active role during the pandemic and issue an emergency temporary standard to protect frontline workers from the virus. The AFL-CIO filed a lawsuit against OSHA earlier … Continue Reading

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