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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

August 19, 2021

Duckworth: Let’s Focus on Getting Our People Out of Afghanistan

by Benjamin Cox
Source: WLDS

Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin were in Peoria with Governor J.B. Pritzker on Thursday to celebrate the heroism of the C-130 Aircraft Fleet of the Illinois National Guard. Duckworth was questioned about her opinions of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Duckworth says her attention in the situation is to getting Americans, allies, and one of her constituents out of the country: "Right now, my focus is on getting all Americans out of Afghanistan and getting the thousands of brave … Continue Reading

August 17, 2021

Duckworth highlights importance of Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing, secures C-130 aircrafts

by Mike Smith and Demetrios Sanders
Source: MWBD

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) - A critical resource for the Illinois National Guard 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria is here to stay. For fiscal year 2022, a minimum of 292 C-130 aircrafts nationwide has been established. The provision in the National Defense Authorization Act was secured by Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. While highlighting the aircrafts at the 182nd Airlift Wing on Tuesday, she says they have been used to help fight COVID-19, transport troops to the Capitol following the January … Continue Reading

August 12, 2021

Senator looks to battle military hunger

by Leo Shane III
Source: Army Times

Combat veteran and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth looks to fight back the little-seen problem of hunger among military … Continue Reading

August 12, 2021

Duckworth/Durbin: $15 Billion To IL in Federal Infrastructure Bill

by Benjamin Cox
Source: WLDS

Illinois' Senators say that the state will receive $15 billion if the new federal infrastructure becomes law. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced yesterday that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would invest approximately $1.2 trillion in federal resources over the next 5 years, including $567.4 billion in new infrastructure spending and $93.5 billion in additional funding authorizations. Duckworth and Durbin say that Illinois could expect $9.8 billion for … Continue Reading

August 05, 2021

Senators Duckworth and Durbin announce $8.3 million for Illinois airports, $2.8 million to CIRA

by Austin Schick
Source: WMBD

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) - United States Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced Thursday a total of $8,335,191 will be flying into three Illinois airports. The funds are provided through President Biden's American Rescue Plan and provide monetary relief for airport executives for costs associated with operations, staffing, cleaning, sanitization and combating the spread of COVID-19. "Making sure airports across Illinois continue to have the support they need during this pandemic … Continue Reading

July 29, 2021

Duckworth Re-Introduces Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety

by Jeremy Coumbes
Source: WLDS

A U.S. Senator from Illinois is re-introducing legislation aimed at improving school bus safety ahead of students going back to school. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee, re-introduced the School Bus Safety Act to help keep students safe, while also helping to prevent accidents involving school buses. Their legislation would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to make school buses safer by ensuring … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

ADA 31: Progress And Priorities At The FDR Memorial

by Andrew Pulrang
Source: Forbes

Annual celebrations of the Americans with Disabilities Act do more than honor the tireless advocacy and signature achievement of yesterday's the disability community. At their best, ADA observances call attention to work still to be done, and the ever-renewing and strengthening disability community who will take over from those who came before. This Monday, Sen Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and other officials and disabled activists gathered at the … Continue Reading

July 25, 2021

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Wants To Remove Stigma Around Miscarriages

by Robert Baldwin
Source: NPR

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling for colleagues on Capitol Hill to support workers who have experienced a miscarriage. This past week, the Illinois Democrat joined with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., to introduce the Support Through Loss Act, which seeks, in part, to require employers to provide three days of paid leave to workers experiencing a pregnancy loss. The bill would also provide three days of leave for parents experiencing unsuccessful attempts at surrogacy, adoption or an assisted … Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

New Bill to Support Families Experiencing Pregnancy Loss, Invest in Research

by Don Dwyer
Source: WGEM

HANNIBAL, MO (WGEM) -- Chances are you or someone you know has gone through a pregnancy loss. There's new legislation being talked about in Washington, D.C. to help mother's and families that experience a miscarriage. The goal is raise awareness and establish new benefits for working families. Doctors at Hannibal Regional Hospital said pregnancy loss is a real challenge and a lot of families are impacted by it. They believe access and awareness should be talked about regularly, because … Continue Reading

July 21, 2021

Proposed legislation would provide paid leave for women who suffer a miscarriage

by Mary Sudgebn
Source: WREX

ROCKFORD (WREX) - During her 2016 Senate campaign, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth says she suffered a miscarriage and returned to work the same day. "It's unthinkable that after this news many are expected to just show up to work," says Duckworth. She says she, like countless other women who've endured this loss, needed time to process and grieve. Which is why she's proposed a new law to give them that break. "To require employers to provide at least three days of paid leave to process … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth Calls On Congress To Immediately Reimburse National Guard For Jan. 6 Deployment Costs

by Tim Shelley
Source: NPR

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Congress needs to get the National Guard reimbursed for the half billion dollars it spent responding to the Jan. 6 insurrection and its aftermath on Capitol Hill. Duckworth said it does a disservice to service members to allow the issue to fester in limbo. "I mean, we spend all this time thanking them for their service, and we can't bother to pay them, simply because what happened (was) the United States Senate decided that January 6th didn't happen, and they … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth pushes for paid leave for pregnancy loss

by Caitlin Huey-Burns
Source: CBS

Senator Tammy Duckworth introduced legislation Tuesday that would provide three days of paid leave for women following a pregnancy loss, a failed adoption or surrogacy arrangement, an unsuccessful fertility procedure or a related medical diagnosis. It's a condition the Democratic senator from Illinois has suffered herself; she had a miscarriage during her 2016 Senate campaign. "I found out in the morning I had a miscarriage and had to go back to work in the afternoon, and I really needed … Continue Reading

July 19, 2021

Editorial: Yes, block deportations of immigrants serving in the U.S. military

by The Daily Herald Editorial Board

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth believes most Americans assume that when an undocumented immigrant serves honorably in the United States military, it provides an expedited path to citizenship for them and their families. Count us among those Americans. But where that was once true, apparently it no longer can be guaranteed. According to Duckworth in her June report "Immigrant Veterans: Deported by the Same Nation They Sacrificed to Defend," a path to citizenship exists but the Defense Department … Continue Reading

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