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January 10, 2020

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

by Tammy Duckworth

"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

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

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

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

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

December 06, 2019

Duckworth-Sponsored Companion Bill For Foreign Born Military Children Passes U.S. House

by Benjamin Cox
Source: WLDS

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a companion bill of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson's Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act. The bill establishes that a foreign-born child of a U.S. citizen who is a member of the Armed Forces or government employee like the civil service may automatically acquire U.S. citizenship even if the child is not residing in the United States and is born outside of the United States. Currently, a … Continue Reading

December 04, 2019

Resolution to name November as National Runaway Prevention Month passes Senate

by Ashley Smith
Source: KFVS

WASHINGTION, D.C. (KFVS) - A bipartisan resolution, introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC), that recognizes Nov. as National Runaway Prevention Month, passed the U.S. Senate this week. They hope resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis. The resolution will also help educate the public on how to help end youth homelessness. U.S. Senators Dianne … Continue Reading

December 03, 2019

Small business workshop to be held at JALC on Thursday

by Staff

CARTERVILLE -- The office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth will host the Southern Illinois Small Business Federal Contracting Workshop on Thursday at John A. Logan College. The event will connect area contractors with state and federal representatives to discuss topics including the application process for small business and 8A contract, barriers in the hiring process, workforce development, and upcoming contracting opportunities. A variety of agencies on the federal, state, and local levels … Continue Reading

December 03, 2019

Service chiefs grilled over efforts to fix mold, vermin and other military housing woes

by Karen Jowers

Senators peppered service officials for more than two hours Tuesday with questions about ongoing problems with privatized family housing. Meanwhile, government auditors issued a report saying DoD's measures of tenant satisfaction are fundamentally flawed, leading to financial rewards to housing companies that may have been undeserved. The latest hearing came 10 months after the first hearings where family members testified about the hazards that threatened their health and safety, … Continue Reading

November 22, 2019

Durbin, Duckworth introduce bill to develop and preserve public housing

by Molly Parker

Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are supporting legislation that would infuse $100 billion into the development and preservation of affordable housing across the country. The state's Democratic senators announced Friday that they are co-sponsoring the Housing is Infrastructure Act alongside Sen. Kamala Harris. Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, filed companion legislation in the House on Thursday. (Waters and Harris, who is running for … Continue Reading

November 21, 2019

Editorial: Science, not politics, must guide monitoring of water, air quality

by The Daily Herald Editorial Board

A report out by the Better Government Association this week should concern every Illinoisan who cares about the air we breathe and the water we drink. The report says, among other things, that in Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency -- Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio -- inspections for air, water and land pollution have dropped by more than 60% in the past three years. That drop is twice as big as other regions of the U.S., which average a 30% decrease in … Continue Reading

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