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November 14, 2021

Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity

by Ashraf Khalil

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's a hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families. That estimate by Feeding America, which coordinates the work of more than 200 food banks around the country, underscores how long-term food insecurity has extended into every aspect of American life, including the … Continue Reading

November 08, 2021

Infrastructure Bill Could Open New Doors for Amputees

Source: Amplitude

It wasn't easy, but Congress finally passed the much-debated bipartisan infrastructure bill last week. As we noted two months ago, when the Senate passed its version of the legislation, this bill includes some significant gains for amputees and other people with disabilities. The biggest of those is the $1.7 billion All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP), which will bring all bus, train, subway, and other mass transit stations across the country into (belated) compliance with the Americans … Continue Reading

November 07, 2021

Illinois to get at least $17 billion from President Biden infrastructure bill; could be more

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON - The $1 trillion infrastructure bill, once signed into law by President Joe Biden, will pour an astounding $17 billion into Illinois for projects with the prospects of billions more from competitive grants. "It's easily the biggest infrastructure package in decades," wrote Brookings Senior Fellow Adie Tomer. "To put that new spending in perspective, it's nearly enough to increase total federal infrastructure spending to the same average levels as during the New Deal. It's safe to … Continue Reading

October 22, 2021

Senators urge Biden to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to creator of Military Women’s Memorial

by Nikki Wentling

WASHINGTON - Twenty senators, all women, urged President Joe Biden on Friday to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, who broke barriers for women during her military service and later helped create the Military Women's Memorial. Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who both served in the military, sent a letter to Biden asking that he award the medal to Vaught at his first opportunity. Eighteen other senators signed onto the … Continue Reading

October 20, 2021

Sen. Duckworth stresses need to regulate PFAs chemicals after local Sugar Camp Mine Fire

by Danny Valle
Source: WSIL

(WSIL) -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) says government agencies must put more focus on eliminating PFAs chemicals. Duckworth briefly spoke during a 90-minute hearing by the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works about evaluating the federal response to the persistence and impacts of PFAs chemicals in the environment. Duckworth says PFAs chemicals seep to the ground and present a dangerous risk to public health for decades to come. Duckworth mentioned a Chicago … Continue Reading

October 16, 2021

US airlines damage thousands of wheelchairs every year. Disabled Sen. Tammy Duckworth says, 'It's like they're breaking my legs every 3-4 flights.'

by Bethany Dawson

Like most US senators, Tammy Duckworth travels a lot. But, every 3-4 flights, her mobility is taken away from her, she tells Insider. "Wheelchairs should be treated like a human limb because they're my legs," says Sen. Duckworth in a video call with Insider. "When you break my wheelchair, or you lose my wheelchair, you've taken away my legs." Senator Duckworth lost her legs as a veteran in the Iraq war when the Blackhawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by an RPG. "Once I was on a … Continue Reading

October 12, 2021

Pritzker, Durbin, Duckworth break ground on Springfield transportation hub

by Peter Hancock

SPRINGFIELD - A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. J.B. Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, along with several state lawmakers and local government officials, both Republicans and Democrats, to break ground on the Springfield Sangamon County Transportation Center, … Continue Reading

October 07, 2021

Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls for a 'real, cold-hard facts look' at US' failed 20-year war in Afghanistan

by Marco Werman
Source: The World

Marco Werman: You've called your proposal, senator, the Afghanistan War Study Commission. What do you hope it will achieve? Sen. Tammy Duckworth: Well, I hope that it will achieve a comprehensive look at the various errors that have been made by all the different folks involved and gives us the lessons learned so that we don't enter into another quagmire like the one we've been in for 20 years in Afghanistan. We know that the United States will be involved in future conflicts. We need to … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

Sen. Duckworth issues plea to help Afghan refugees: ‘If you can help, please help’

by Elvia Malagón

Weeks after the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is encouraging Chicago residents to step up and help Afghans who will be resettling in the area in the coming months. The social service agencies assisting Afghans in Chicago need help finding permanent housing, jobs, furniture and household items, she said during a news conference Friday at Heartland Alliance's Ravenswood office. In coming months, 830 Afghans are expected to find a home in Illinois, Duckworth … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

Senator Calls for Massive Investigation into What Went Wrong in Afghanistan

by Steve Beynon

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday proposed a bill that would establish a multiyear investigation into the two-decade war in Afghanistan and what went wrong. "I want to have a real comprehensive look at the 20 years of war. I think the American people are owed that," Duckworth told in an interview. "Certainly, the service members who served there and those who laid down their lives and their families deserve that." The U.S. war in Afghanistan cost 2,461 American service … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

Sen. Duckworth calls for ‘nonpolitical’ probe into 20 years of failures in Afghanistan

by Corey Dickstein

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced legislation on Thursday to create an apolitical commission to study 20 years of American war in Afghanistan, an effort she hopes would keep the United States from repeating mistakes made during years of conflict after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Afghanistan War Study Commission would be charged with taking a "deep dive" into every aspect of the war, including top level strategic decisions, combat operations, efforts to train Afghan forces, … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

One Senator’s Plan to Cut Through the Politics and Get Answers on Afghanistan

by Jacqueline Feldscher

One senator is introducing a bill that would establish a nonpartisan commission to study the war in Afghanistan to try to cut through the political drama that has surrounded lawmakers' consideration of the conflict this week. Top generals testified before Congress this week about the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. Many Republicans sought to pin the blame for the chaotic withdrawal on President Joe Biden, while Democrats overwhelmingly defended the president and pointed … Continue Reading

September 28, 2021

Illinois Senator Duckworth pushes for rescue of Lombard Navy veteran kidnapped in Kabul

by Mike Flannery
Source: WFLD

WASHINGTON - Top military officials were in the hot seat Tuesday on Capitol Hill, answering questions about the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and Americans left behind. One of those left behind was a west suburban man kidnapped last year while working as a contractor in Afghanistan. While publicly pressuring both the Defense Secretary and the General who chairs the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff during the hearing, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth concluded with an emotional note. "And I … Continue Reading

September 27, 2021

Those Afghan refugees coming our way? They risked everything for us. We must step up for them

by Senator Tammy Duckworth

"Bad guy is going to come and is going to kill you, then us." So said one of the young children of Reggie, an Afghan national who witnessed firsthand the horrors of not only the two-decade war that ravaged his country but also the rapid takeover by the very forces he'd spent much of those years fighting. Reggie, whose real name wasn't revealed by NPR when it shared his story, worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military. Day after day, mission after mission, he risked his life to protect … Continue Reading

September 24, 2021

Duckworth, Raimondo: Congress must back the president’s historic investment in home care workers

by Tammy Duckworth and Gina Raimondo
Source: Fortune

The COVID-19 crisis has killed more than 600,000 Americans. Perhaps most cruelly of all, elderly Americans and individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities-many of whom live in congregate settings such as nursing homes and intermediate care facilities-have often suffered the worst harms, both in terms of severe illness, and tragically, higher death rates. We must honor the memories of our lost loved ones by committing to the work of building a national capability of … Continue Reading

September 22, 2021

Durbin, Duckworth propose bill to make community colleges more affordable to trades

Source: WTVO

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) - US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation today aimed at making community colleges more affordable to students interested in pursuing a career in highly-skilled trades. The Community College to Career Fund in Higher Education Act would highlight partnerships between technical schools, community colleges, and businesses that train students to fill empty, high-skill jobs in fields like manufacturing, healthcare, clean energy, … Continue Reading

September 19, 2021

Senator Tammy Duckworth discusses welcoming Afghan refugees to Quad Cities

by Jenna Webster
Source: WQAD

MOLINE, Ill. - Over the coming weeks and months, Illinois is expected to receive more than 800 resettled Afghan refugees from the first group of evacuees, with around 150 individuals expected to arrive in the Quad Cities. These are Afghan allies who helped Americans during the 20-year war in Afghanistan. Over the next few weeks, the refugees are being vetted by Homeland Security at Fort McCoy, a Wisconsin military base in Tomah. They'll get vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine, … Continue Reading

August 27, 2021

Duckworth updates Lake County municipal leaders on federal funds that may be headed their way

by Gregory Harutunian

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth discussed ways in which President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion American Recovery Act can help Lake County municipal governments, and also explained earlier this month how the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will directly impact northern Illinois communities. Illinois is set to receive more than $13 billion in relief funding from the Biden plan, with Lake County municipalities being eligible to receive more than $87 million, she … Continue Reading

August 24, 2021

Senators announce more than $2.5 million in funding for airports in Illinois

by WIFR Newsroom
Source: WIFR

WASHINGTON D.C. (WIFR) - Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced more than $2.5 million in federal funding from President Biden's American Rescue Plan to improve airports across Illinois. "Making sure airports across Illinois continue to have the support they need during this pandemic is critical to protecting local jobs and enhancing the traveler experience," said Duckworth. "I'm proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this infusion of federal funding through the American … Continue Reading

August 24, 2021

Springfield & Peoria airports were awarded federal COVID-19 relief money. Here's how much

by Riley Eubanks

Springfield and Peoria airports both qualified for seven-figure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both D-Ill., announced Tuesday that Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport (SPI) and General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) were awarded $1.4 million and nearly $4.4 million, respectively, by the FAA. The money is provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, a recent COVID-19 relief package that Illinois' … Continue Reading

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