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January 29, 2020

After $25,000 fee, wheelchair users wait for better Amtrak stations, trains

by Curtis Tate

Source: USA Today

Amtrak's decision to charge two wheelchair users $25,000 to ride a train in Illinois generated a firestorm of criticism from disability advocacy groups and lawmakers. Though Amtrak reversed that decision and changed its policy for accommodating wheelchair users, the railroad has been slow to make progress on improving the accessibility of its stations and trains. It's been 30 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Amtrak was given until 2010 to comply with the … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Duckworth: Even Trump's lawyers made the case for witnesses

by Rachel Maddow

Source: MSNBC

Senator Tammy Duckworth talks with Rachel Maddow and an MSNBC panel about how both the House impeachment managers and Donald Trump's lawyers have made it clear that introducing witnesses and documents would help Senators make a more informed decision about convicting … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Senators Duckworth, Durbin urge Amtrak to change its disability policy

by Munashe Kwangari III

Source: Central Illinois Proud

NORMAL, Ill. - Amtrak will begin reviewing its nationwide disability policy, after CEO Richard Anderson met with U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill). The meeting comes after the rail company mistakenly charged a group of wheelchair riders $25,000 to travel from Chicago to Normal. According to a press release from Duckworth's office, Anderson admitted the charge was improper and apologized. He then promised the two that the company will work with Congress to bring … Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

Army probes handling of Illinois sex assault complaints

by Todd Richmond

Source: AP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Army officials have quietly ordered an investigation into allegations that leaders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints and retaliated against a whistleblower, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Jan. 15 requesting an investigation. Their letter cited an AP story about allegations that commanders in the had improperly … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Senators Call For Review After Fewer Immigrants Naturalized For Military Service

by Nick Visser

Source: Huffington Post

A bipartisan group of senators called on the government to review a dramatic decline in the number of noncitizens who have become naturalized for their military service. Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter Thursday to the Government Accountability Office asking it to review federal pathways that allow those from other countries to become U.S. citizens if they enlist in the armed forces. The U.S. has long relied on immigrant recruits … Continue Reading


January 20, 2020

Duckworth Calls Amtrak’s $25,000 Quote For Disabled Passengers ‘Outrageous’

by Nick Visser

Source: Huffington Post

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called reports that Amtrak wanted to charge a group of disabled passengers $25,000 for rail tickets that usually cost $16 apiece "outrageous," requesting a meeting with the company's CEO to determine how it could better serve wheelchair users. "It is outrageous that Amtrak asked a group of passengers with disabilities to pay $25,000 to ride from the City of Chicago to Bloomington, Illinois," Duckworth, a double amputee who serves on the Senate Transportation … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: Trump’s war games are dangerous; Congress must rein him in

by Tammy Duckworth

Source: Chicago Tribune

"All is well." That's what Donald Trump said just hours after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops Tuesday in retaliation for the U.S.-ordered killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani the previous week. That's what he said as thousands of troops are readying to deploy to the Middle East - to a hotbed of anger, where wearing an American flag on your shoulder gets more dangerous by the day. That's what he said as our nation seemed to be … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

‘I left parts of my body in Iraq’: Duckworth responds to Collins' claim Democrats 'in love with terrorists'

by Nicholas Wu

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs in the conflict, slammed remarks by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who suggested Democrats are "in love with terrorists" for criticizing President Donald Trump's Iran policy. Asked about the comments, which drew strong backlash from Democrats, in a Thursday evening interview on "CNN Right Now." "I'm not going to dignify that with a response," Duckworth said. "I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Proposal would target sexual assault, harassment in the Coast Guard

by Leo Shane III

Source: MilitaryTimes

In the wake of a report last month detailing multiple failings in how the Coast Guard handles sexual assault and harassment allegations, a pair of U.S. senators are pushing for a new oversight committee to push the service towards improvements. The measure - the Coast Guard Sexual Misconduct Prevention Act - is sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Both women have been advocates for reforms in how sexual harassment cases are handled in the Defense Department, but … Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth Call For Action Against ArcelorMittal Amid Claims Company Cheated On Toxicity Tests

by Megan Hickey

Source: CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) - One day after CBS 2 revealed claims that Indiana steelmaker ArcelorMittal cheated on the results of its toxicity tests, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) are asking for the federal government to take serious action against the company. In a letter to the company, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management said ArcelorMittal has made a practice of redoing cyanide and ammonia tests that showed violations, and using the new tests to replace those … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Duckworth alarmed at breakdown of Pentagon processes under Trump

by Rachel Maddow

Source: MSNBC

Senator Tammy Duckworth, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Pentagon's bizarre backpedaling over the withdrawal letter it sent to Iraq and whether there are any good people left in Donald Trump's orbit to keep him out of … Continue Reading


December 22, 2019

For this pantry, Christmas Eve marks 31 years of feeding HIV/AIDS-impacted LGBTQ community

by Maudlyne Ihejirika

Source: Chicago Sun Times

A few days before Christmas, Lori Cannon, program coordinator at the Vital Bridges North Side Grocery Center, arrives just after 8 a.m., soon to be joined by volunteers. They bring food out of huge, walk-in coolers. Then come the trucks, one after the other, delivering meat, fish, produce. The phones are ringing, requests for help on the other end. More volunteers arrive. Together, they ensure groceries are stocked and ready by noon, when the Heartland Alliance Health-operated food pantry … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Duckworth Provisions Make NDAA Bill

by Benjamin Cox

Source: WLDS

Prior to impeachment hearings, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday 86-8. Several of the provisions within the act were priorities sponsored by Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth's main priorities were preventing low-income service members from going hungry, making it easier for Illinois's small businesses to secure Department of Defense contracts, make the federal contracting process more efficient and further secure the Rock Island, Illinois … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

New Senate environmental caucus seeks input

by Jared DuBach

Source: The McDonough County Voice

WESTERN ILLINOIS - The U.S. Senate's first ever Environmental Justice Caucus is asking community leaders for their input on how the nation's environmental and economic policies may be hindering their communities' abilities to transition to cleaner environments and renewable energies. Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth is co-founder of the caucus and is a member of the U.S. Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. Citing "generations of economic and racial inequality" as having … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Illinois senators to improve conditions for those living in public housing

by Staff

Source: KFVS

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-ILL), Dick Durbin (D-ILL) and Cory Booker (D-ILL), have introduced a bill to improve public housing. By bringing transparency, by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The bill is being called "Averting Crises in Housing Assistance (ACHA) Act," looks to address the national backlog of repairs in public housing facilities, by investing $70 billion in the Public Housing Capital Fund. Senator Duckworth said this new bill is part … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Durbin, Duckworth Bipartisan Act to Protect Miners Pensions, Health Care

by Jeremy Coumbes

Source: WLDS

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill will protect miners' pensions and health care coverage for retirees impacted by 2018 and 2019 mine bankruptcies. The Bipartisan American Miners Act, included in the final funding package, secures lifetime health care benefits for 13,000 miners who would have lost their benefits entirely, and 92,000 miners who would have seen their pensions gutted next year without … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Here’s Why The Skyrocketing Costs Of Reaching Incarcerated Loved Ones Is Unacceptable And Counterproductive

by Tammy Duckworth and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Source: Blavity

Picking up a phone and calling a loved one may sound simple, but its power is immeasurable - especially for the more than 2 million incarcerated individuals across America. Yet during the holidays, while millions of other Americans gather together to connect with family and friends, many of those incarcerated will be unable to speak with their families due to the high costs of placing a call from a prison or jail. This is unacceptable and, ultimately, counterproductive towards reducing … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Duckworth Introduces Military PPE Legislation

by Benjamin Cox

Source: WLDS

An Illinois Senator is working to ensure that female military members have proper fitting and functioning personal protective equipment. Tammy Duckworth, along with Iowa Democrat Joni Ernst, Arizona Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Richard Blumenthal have introduced legislation to improve troop readiness and effectiveness by addressing issues of inadequate and ill-fitting body armor and personal protective equipment (PPE) across the military, especially for women. Duckworth said her … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Senate leaders ask for input on ways to address climate change

by Olivia Grelle

Source: KFVS

The co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environment Justice Caucus, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) led 15 of her Senate colleagues in sending letters to leaders in the environmental justice movement. The letters asked for input on policy that could lessen the impacts of climate change in low-income communities and communities who inherited environmental burdens. The letter in part said "It is well past time for Congress to partner with you and your communities in … Continue Reading


December 07, 2019

Defense advocates fear isolationist views endanger military’s future

by Leo Shane III

Source: MilitaryTimes

SIMI VALLEY, Calif - On the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, defense advocates voiced concerns that too many Americans are supporting isolationist military policies at a time when the U.S. military needs to take a larger role in international security issues. "We have to be there," Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday. "We have to be there to support freedom of navigation. We have to be there to support rule of … Continue Reading

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