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June 10, 2020

Bill would block presidents with no military service from being buried in Arlington Cemetery

by Abbie Bennett

A United States senator and combat veteran introduced a bill that would block presidents or vice presidents with no military service from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said the legislation is aimed at preserving the limited space left available in the cemetery for those who have served in the Armed Forces. The bill would not affect anyone already interred at the cemetery. The U.S. Army recently recommended restricting eligibility for burial at … Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

It broke my heart to watch two generals walk like lapdogs behind a five-time draft-dodger

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Last week, Donald Trump trampled the First Amendment rights of Americans to peaceably assemble for a redress of grievances. Even before any curfew went into effect, the Trump administration ordered federal law enforcement to violently remove Americans who stood in his way of a disgusting, crass photo-op. The president may have been waving a Bible, but in using police to forcibly remove a priest and seminarian from his camera shot, he revealed his contempt for the truly faithful. As if that … Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Durbin, Duckworth Among Co-Sponsors of ‘Justice in Policing' Bill

by Staff

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are among a large group of Democratic lawmakers sponsoring a police reform bill in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The senators joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) along with Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, in introducing the bill, titled the “Justice in Policing Act of 2020” … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: Trump’s Use Of Military Against Protesters Is ‘Disgusting’

by Jennifer Bendery
Source: Huffpost

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth flew Black Hawk helicopters to fight al Qaeda in Iraq and nearly lost her life doing so. Now, President Donald Trump is using military helicopters ? along with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades ? to intimidate Americans protesting racism and police brutality outside the White House. Duckworth is livid. "The military is not to be used against Americans," the Illinois Democrat said in an interview Tuesday. "He is perverting, at best, the role of … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

MSNBC: Sen. Duckworth: Military force against peaceful protesters a ‘betrayal of the troops’

by The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
Source: MSNBC

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, tells Lawrence O'Donnell that top military leaders need to "stand up" to President Trump when his orders are unlawful, instead of being the president's "lap dogs who are willing to follow him in battle dress … Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

MSNBC: 'Lap dogs': Sen. Duckworth slams military leadership's response to Trump

by Andrea Mitchell Reports
Source: MSNBC

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss her call for national standards for police behavior to address systemic racism and police brutality. Sen. Duckworth also delivers a sharp rebuke of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, for "carrying out the president's twisted idea of what military is supposed to do," and that the use of the troops to control protests "is not the appropriate use of our … Continue Reading

June 01, 2020

Tammy Duckworth: Fight for the justice that George Floyd Didn't Get

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: CNN

(CNN) First, he said "I can't breathe." Then, he called out "mama" for his late mother. Last Monday, in Minneapolis during broad daylight, George Floyd was slowly, publicly killed by someone whose responsibility was to "protect and serve." Then-Officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been rightly fired, spent at about three minutes ignoring Floyd's cries of pain-refusing to move his knee from Floyd's neck, refusing to let up even as the man under him begged for life and lost consciousness. Then … Continue Reading

May 30, 2020

Senators call for investigation into Pulaski County jail amid COVID-19 outbreak

by Brian Munoz

ULLIN - U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are calling on federal oversight agencies to investigate conditions at the Pulaski County Detention Center amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. In a letter sent Friday, Illinois' two Democratic senators called on the investigatory arms of the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Homeland Security to "immediately investigate urgent public health concerns" for detainees and facility staff. Durbin and Duckworth write … Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Senators Ask Labor Inspector General for Review of OSHA’s Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Courtney Buble

On Wednesday, a group of senators called on the Labor Department inspector general to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's actions during the novel coronavirus pandemic following criticism the agency is not doing enough to protect workers. Former officials and lawmakers have called on OSHA to have a more active role during the pandemic and issue an emergency temporary standard to protect frontline workers from the virus. The AFL-CIO filed a lawsuit against OSHA earlier … Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

Support Grows to Secure Federal Benefits for Activated National Guard Members

by Richard Sisk

A push to extend the orders of more than 39,000 National Guard members long enough to secure their federal retirement and education benefits now has growing bipartisan support in Congress and the backing of Pentagon leadership. The current orders set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency end June 24 -- one day shy of the 90 days needed to qualify for these benefits. In an appearance on NBC-TV's "Today" show May 22, Defense Secretary Mark Esper gave his qualified support to extending … 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 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

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 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 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 … Continue Reading

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