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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


May 14, 2020

A plan for a compensation fund for essential workers and their families was just announced by a bipartisan group in the House and Senate

by Bryan Pietsch

Democratic and Republican lawmakers unveiled on Thursday a plan to provide a compensation fund for essential workers and their families who have become ill or died from the coronavirus. The "Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act" would provide compensation to essential workers across a variety of industries, including grocery, retail, delivery, transit, janitorial services, healthcare, and other jobs whose workers have responded to the pandemic. It would also account for family members who became … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth join lawmakers seeking federal Arbery death investigation

by Anthony Watt
Source: WAND

A call for a federal investigation into the death of Georgia man Ahmaud Arbery includes Illinois lawmakers. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) signed a letter involving over 80 House and Senate colleagues, in which lawmakers asked for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to being a criminal civil rights investigation. They also asked for an independent organization into how local authorities handled the case. A father and son, identified as Gregory and Travis McMichael, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

President Trump 'delusional' to think COVID-19 will just go away: Sen. Tammy Duckworth

by Quinn Scanlan
Source: ABC NEWS

Illinois's junior senator, Tammy Duckworth, blasted President Donald Trump and his administration Tuesday for the response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling Trump "delusional" after he's made comments recently suggesting the virus will eventually just go away and that testing isn't as important as some critics are saying it is for reopening the country. "The man is delusional, and has no basis in his thinking in any type of science... Here's the deal, if we want to reopen the economy, we … Continue Reading


May 09, 2020

Duckworth pushes fix for parents of babies born this year to get stimulus funds quicker

by Sunlen Serfaty
Source: CNN

(CNN) Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is calling for a fix to be made to the CARES Act, the coronavirus stimulus package that was passed and signed into law last month, to provide immediate help to families with newborn babies. The way the bill is written currently blocks families who had babies this calendar year out of getting the $500 child economic impact payments right now. Instead, they must wait until they file their income taxes in 2021 to take advantage of the … Continue Reading


May 09, 2020

Duckworth pushes for changes to CARES Act

by Staff
Source: WAND

A local senator is calling for changes to be made to the CARES Act. The package was signed into law last month to help families with newborn babies. However, the way the bill is currently written, Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said it blocks families who had babies during this calendar year from getting the $500 economic impact payments right now. Instead they have to wait until they file their 2021 income taxes to take advantage. Duckworth said a tweak to the law should be made to allow … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Sen. Duckworth wants stimulus checks for parents of babies born this year

by Julie Tsirkin
Source: NBC

Almost all Americans who qualified for a stimulus check received theirs in the last month, but one key group currently doesn't meet the criteria for the much-needed relief: new parents. Since the program, as part of the CARES Act, is based on earnings for the previous year, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020 have to wait one year to receive $500 per child, money that other eligible parents are already benefitting from. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., - along with a bipartisan … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Tammy Duckworth moves to assist newborn babies amid pandemic

by Marianne Levine
Source: Politico

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is calling for a fix to be made to the CARES Act, the coronavirus stimulus package that was passed and signed into law last month, to provide immediate help to families with newborn babies. The way the bill is written currently blocks families who had babies this calendar year out of getting the $500 child economic impact payments right now. Instead, they must wait until they file their income taxes in 2021 to take advantage of the … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Duckworth pushes fix for parents of babies born this year to get stimulus funds quicker

by Sunlen Serfaty
Source: CNN

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is calling for a fix to be made to the CARES Act, the coronavirus stimulus package that was passed and signed into law last month, to provide immediate help to families with newborn babies. The way the bill is written currently blocks families who had babies this calendar year out of getting the $500 child economic impact payments right now. Instead, they must wait until they file their income taxes in 2021 to take advantage of the … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

A working mom’s quarantine life

by Ellen McCarthy, Caitlin Gibson, Helena Andrews-Dyer, Amy Joyce

Many American mothers experienced a profound shift in their lives - well beyond the mere loss of their routines - when the country began to grapple with the novel coronavirus two months ago. The working moms lucky enough to have avoided the virus or recovered from it are juggling jobs and child care with an intensity that has never before existed. They are home-schooling while working. They're preparing lunches while working. They're policing screen time while working - and dealing with the … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Nearly $570M in COVID-19 relief available for K-12 education in Illinois

by Jessica Ladd
Source: KFVS

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced the availability of up to $569,467,218 in federal funding to support continued education for Illinois K-12 students whose schooling has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). CARES Act funds can be used by state and local leaders to support a variety of educational services including immediate e-learning needs, safety and health measures, and … Continue Reading


May 03, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth deplores use of Nazi slogan at Chicago stay-at-home protest

by Lynn Sweet

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Sunday deplored the use of an infamous Nazi slogan at a Chicago protest against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order. And she continued to slam President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis and for ordering West Point cadets back to campus for his graduation speech. Duckworth, during an interview on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with host Joy Reid, was asked about Trump's upcoming West Point address and the protesters outside the Thompson Center in … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Sen. Duckworth: Trump recalling West Point cadets is a ‘failure in his role as commander in chief’

by Staff

Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells Lawrence O'Donnell that Trump is "needlessly exposing" West Point cadets to coronavirus by forcing them to return to New York for his address that could impact military readiness if they get sick: "It's the ultimate in narcissistic behavior by this president who can't seem to sink low enough when it comes to how he treats our … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Says Trump Values TV Ratings Over Health Of West Point Cadets

by Sebastian Murdock

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) blasted President Donald Trump's decision to bring 1,000 West Point cadets back to campus during the coronavirus pandemic so that he can give a speech to the graduating class. "Trump's reckless decision to gather 1,000 Cadets at West Point for a speech puts our future military leaders at increased risk - all to stroke his own ego," Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, said in a statement Wednesday. "Our troops need stable, consistent … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos sound alarm about federal inmate transfer after outbreak at Chicago facility

by Lynn Sweet

Three Illinois lawmakers sounded an alarm Friday over the transfer of at least 20 inmates from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak, to a federal prison in northwest Illinois which has no confirmed cases. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and Rep. Cheri Bustos - all Illinois Democrats - said the Federal Bureau of Prisons should not have sent the prisoners to the facility in Thomson, Ill., without taking more safeguards. The prisoners … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Iowa and Illinois senators named to Trump's task force to reopen economy

by Sarah Hayden

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have been asked to serve on President Trump's task force advising him on when and how to reopen the economy. Last week the Trump administration assembled a bipartisan group of lawmakers consisting of 97 members of Congress to analyze the best way to restart businesses in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sens. Duckworth and Durbin commented on their appointments to the task … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

RI Arsenal making ventilator and face shield parts

by Sarah Hyden

The Rock Island Arsenal is playing a critical role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing parts for respirators and frames for face shields desperately needed as medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies across the country are depleted. The loud hum of Fortus 900 printers and smaller 3-D printers filled the massive warehouse of the Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) Friday afternoon, as U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., U.S. Sen. Dick … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Duckworth discusses stay at home order, hazard pay for frontline workers

by Jakob Emerson
Source: WRSP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) - Sen. Tammy Duckworth spoke with us about many topics related to COVID-19, including the stay at home order, hazard pay for frontline workers, the next economic stimulus package, and President Donald Trump withdrawing funding from the World Health … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth, other Dem senators: End ‘ambiguity’ over jobless benefits for gig workers

by Kimmy Yam

A group of Democratic senators, including Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, implored Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on Monday to "eliminate ambiguity" and make sure self-employed gig workers qualify for newly available COVID-19 jobless benefits. The letter, signed by 32 Democratic senators, notes part of the guidance issued by the Labor Department dealing with eligibility "appear narrow or ambiguous, which could make states think they need to exclude workers who Congress clearly … Continue Reading

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