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January 11, 2021

Sen. Duckworth demands Pentagon prosecute vets and troops who participated in Capitol riot

by David Roza

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to investigate active-duty and retired service members who stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week and hold them accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, wrote in a letter to Miller that service members and veterans who joined in the riot betrayed their oaths by participating "in a seditious conspiracy that used force" to oppose the … Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Duckworth demands Pentagon investigate if troops participated in Capitol 'coup attempt'

by Lara Seligman
Source: Politico

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, on Monday demanded the Pentagon investigate allegations that troops and military retirees played a role in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Wednesday. In a letter to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller obtained by POLITICO, Duckworth asked the Pentagon to cooperate with federal agencies and the Capitol Police to investigate active-duty or retired service members who played a role in what she called … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Military May Be Required to Report on Injuries Caused by Ill-Fitting Body Armor

by Hope Hodge Seck

With the passage of the sprawling fiscal 2021 defense policy and budget bill all but inevitable, one U.S. senator is looking forward to a new measure that will require the military to provide properly fitting body armor for female service members, and to develop centralized reporting on the injuries caused by years of requiring women to wear wrong-sized ballistic protection. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot who served in … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

The military designed aircraft with only men in mind. Now they are working to change that.

by Tara Copp
Source: McClatchy

As a helicopter pilot in Iraq in 2004, now-Sen. Tammy Duckworth stopped drinking water hours before she climbed into the cockpit of her Army UH-60 Black Hawk for combat missions. Even in Iraq's heat, she'd purposefully dehydrate herself because there was not a safe way for her to use the restroom in her one-piece, zip-up flight suit. "I would have to take off my side arm. I wore a shoulder holster, so I would have to take off my shoulder holster. Then I would have to take off my flight vest, … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

National defense bill pushes Pentagon to buy body armor for women in the military

by Tom Vanden Brook
Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON - The Senate is prodding the Pentagon to buy body armor designed for women troops and to track injuries caused by ill-fitting gear. The Pentagon has made uneven progress in outfitting women for training and fightingsince every combat job was opened to them in 2015. The Air Force began issuing women in its security forces body armor tailored to their bodies that allows freedom to move and shoot. The Army developed a helmet that can accommodate a hair bun and a bomb-disposal suit … Continue Reading

December 07, 2020

US senator seeks update on contractor taken in Afghanistan

by Eric Tucker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic senator is calling on the State Department to prioritize the return of Mark Frerichs, an American contractor believed to have been taken by a Taliban-linked militant network in Afghanistan earlier this year. The letter from Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois comes weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held what are likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace deal. It is unclear to what extent … Continue Reading

December 01, 2020

Duckworth calls for ‘compassionate resolution’ for vets facing GI Bill problems

by Stephanie Zimmermann

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling on the military to show "compassion" in addressing bureaucratic mistakes that have led to the children of long-serving veterans losing out on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for college and, in some cases, being forced to repay money the government already has paid on their behalf. "I am concerned about the overarching trend that bureaucratic error and complex calculations are preventing well-meaning veterans from transferring benefits they've earned" to their … Continue Reading

November 21, 2020

The Future of Breastfeeding Is No Longer Over Toilets—Thanks to Sen. Duckworth's Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act

by Melissa Prax

"If we don't support our children, how did they grow up to be productive adults?" Sen. Tammy Duckworth told Ms. "If they don't get enough prenatal care, if they don't get the health care support that they need, if they don't get the breast milk when they are growing in their most formative months of life. We can and should do better." Kristin Debreaux has always loved traveling, so when she gave birth to her son Levi, it was a passion she knew she wanted to share. To date, they've been to six … Continue Reading

November 20, 2020

Donald Trump is Endangering National Security for His Ego

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: Time

At the height of a global pandemic and in the depth of a national recession, Donald Trump has endangered our national security by forcing the Pentagon into his latest culture war. Since the moment it was clear he was going to lose the election, Trump has spent his time spewing conspiracy theories so baseless they've been debunked by his own officials. He has used these lies as rationale to refuse to accept the results of what his own Administration has called "the most secure [election] in … Continue Reading

October 27, 2020

Control the virus and protect workers — and the American economy will roar back

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Over the past few months, President Donald Trump's performance has been both unprecedented and unpresidential. He's endangered those around him by trying to transform the pandemic into a culture war. He's derided science, claiming facts are fiction and that his own beliefs should be considered canon. He's stoked xenophobia without a second thought. And time after time, he's shown that he neither understands nor respects the heroes protecting this country - the men and women defending it from … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

New bill aims to help meet military families' childcare needs with visa exemptions for au pairs

by Abbie Bennett

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a bill aimed at helping military families with childcare by providing certain visa exemptions for au pairs providing care to military kids during the pandemic. The legislation would specifically expand J-1 visa exemptions for the au pairs. Before the pandemic gripped the world, the Pentagon released a report that showed the Defense Department couldn't meet the demand for military family childcare -- able to accommodate about 78% of demand overall. … Continue Reading

October 10, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth was once told to pump breast milk in an airport toilet stall. Now she has unlocked funding to put lactation rooms in all of America's airports

by David Slotnick

When Senator Tammy Duckworth had her first daughter in 2015, the then-member of the House found herself in a bind. She was traveling back-and-forth between Illinois and Washington, DC for work, but also had to pump breast milk for her baby - and often couldn't find a place to do it. "I was told to use the handicapped stall, the toilet, which is disgusting," Sen. Duckworth told Business Insider during a recent interview. "You wouldn't eat a sandwich in there. Why would you ask me to express … Continue Reading

October 09, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: “I fear Amy Coney Barrett may outlaw families like mine”

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

A little over two years ago, swathed in blankets and surrounded by many of my Senate colleagues, my then ten-day-old daughter napped her way into history when she became the first infant allowed onto the Senate floor. That afternoon, I held her in my arms while I cast a vote, fulfilling my duty to the Constitution, my constituents, and my newborn. I will never forget that moment, as my Republican and Democratic colleagues alike stood up and cheered for that milestone while little Maile Pearl … Continue Reading

October 08, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Wants Lactation Rooms in Every U.S. Airport

by Rose Minutaglio
Source: ELLE

Shortly after giving birth to her first daughter, Abigail, in 2015, Sen. Tammy Duckworth found herself in an airport bathroom stall pumping breast milk from a toilet seat. There were no other private options in the terminal. Duckworth knew she wasn't alone in wanting a sanitary space to breastfeed or pump while traveling. At the time, she discovered that while 62 percent of airports in the U.S. called themselves "breastfeeding-friendly," only 8 percent had private, clean nursing areas with a … Continue Reading

October 06, 2020

Pump breast milk in an airport bathroom? You shouldn’t have to, says Tammy Duckworth

by Jessica Wehrman
Source: Roll Call

When then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth had her first daughter in 2014, she found herself in a can't-win position flying back and forth from Illinois to Washington. She needed to pump her breast milk every three hours to feed Abigail, the baby. But there was no place to do it. She asked airport officials. How about the handicapped stall in the bathroom, they suggested? "That's disgusting," said the Illinois Democrat, now a senator with two daughters. How about the sinks in the bathroom, they asked? … Continue Reading

October 06, 2020

How Tammy Duckworth's experience with breastfeeding and IVF guides her policy

by Emma Hinchliffe
Source: Fortune

Hours before President Trump revealed his positive COVID-19 test, Congress sent a bill to his desk: the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act. The legislation, championed by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, requires that nearly all U.S. airports include lactation rooms for nursing-and traveling-mothers. Duckworth first introduced a bill on this topic in 2015; it was signed into law two years ago, but applied only to medium and large airports. The new act would extend the same regulations to … Continue Reading

October 05, 2020

Duckworth warns Amy Coney Barrett confirmation could put IVF procedures at 'high risk'

by Brooke Singman
Source: Fox News

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth urged her Republican colleagues to reconsider their support for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, citing the judge's past support of a group opposed to in vitro fertilization and her own experience with the treatment in conceiving her daughters. Duckworth, D-Ill., in an exclusive interview with Fox News, warned that a confirmation of Barrett to the high court puts IVF procedures "very much at risk," after a report last week … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

A Senator Wrote An Impassioned Letter To Her Colleagues About Her IVF Treatment And Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

by Ema O’Connor
Source: Buzz Feed

Following reports that Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, supported an anti-abortion group that opposes in vitro fertilization, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois wrote an impassioned letter to her colleagues Friday, citing her own experience with IVF and the conception of her 2-year-old daughter, Maile. "I write to each of you today, and especially to my Republican colleagues who cooed and cuddled Maile when she first visited the Capitol, in the hope that you … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Citing fears about I.V.F., Tammy Duckworth urges Senate not to confirm Judge Barrett

by Jacey Fortin

Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, raised concerns about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's views on in vitro fertilization on Friday and urged the Senate not to confirm her. Ms. Duckworth's two daughters were conceived using in vitro fertilization, or I.V.F., and her youngest became the first infant to appear on the Senate floor in 2018. In her letter, Ms. Duckworth said she felt "dread and anguish" when she learned that Judge Barrett "likely doesn't believe my little Maile and my … Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Duckworth to vote ‘no’ on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination while Durbin says he doesn’t know if she’s qualified


Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Saturday said she would vote against Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, while Sen. Dick Durbin said he didn't know if she was qualified. In a statement as President Donald Trump announced the South Bend, Indiana, judge's nomination during a White House Rose Garden ceremony, Duckworth lashed out at majority Senate Republicans for pushing Barrett's nomination so close to the election. "Instead of addressing the many life-and-death … Continue Reading

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