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March 19, 2018

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a vet and double amputee, faces fight for equality as she will become first senator to give birth in office

by Elena Sheppard
Source: Yahoo

Just eight months into Tammy Duckworth's 2004 deployment in Iraq, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded through the Blackhawk helicopter she was flying. As she wrote in a 2015 piece for Politico, "My right leg was vaporized; my left leg was crushed and shredded against the instrument panel." That day could have easily been the end of Senator Duckworth's life, but instead, 14 years later, she is a wife, mother, and a Democratic senator from Illinois. She is 50, a double amputee as a result of … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Duckworth: 2018 is past time to get real on paid leave

by Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: CNN

(CNN)Two weeks ago, I announced that I am pregnant. Since there are only 22 female senators -- and none has ever given birth while they served in the United States Senate -- I knew my announcement was going to get some attention. To be honest, I was a little surprised and overwhelmed by just how much attention our good news received. I was congratulated everywhere I went. I was asked to do tons of interviews. People even said nice things on Twitter, which is not always the friendliest space. … Continue Reading

February 19, 2018

Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

by Laurie Kellman

WASHINGTON (AP) - Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly white, mostly male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due in April, she'll be the first senator to give birth while in office. And so, along with her legislative and political goals, the Illinois Democrat is adding a new one: educating the … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Sen. Duckworth: Olympics Diplomacy or Not, North Korea Is Still a Threat

by Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: TIME

Today, the world will watch athletes from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea unite to march beneath one flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, just 50 miles from the DPRK border. For many, the sight of two nations that have been in conflict for generations coming together to compete in the Winter Games exemplifies the core mission of the Olympics: to unite people of the world in the spirit of solidarity and … Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Trump's Call For Military Parade 'Simply Ridiculous,' Democratic Sen. Duckworth Says

by Staff
Source: NPR

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost her legs while serving in the Iraq War, is one of President Trump's fiercest critics. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) about the budget votes Thursday, Trump's call for a military parade in Washington and other topics. Interview Highlights On whether she could support Senate leaders' two-year budget deal, which leaves out immigration issues "I think that we do need to address the Dreamers. I don't know … Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Duckworth, others hope political muscle saves veteran with PTSD from deportation, as options dwindle

by Manya Brachear Pashman

As the threat of deportation becomes more imminent for a U.S. Army veteran with a green card and felony drug conviction, lawmakers and clergy this week ramped up efforts to keep him in the U.S. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, using a little-known legislative maneuver intended to help specific individuals, introduced a private bill, requesting relief for Miguel Perez Jr., 39, who served two tours in Afghanistan but has no access to veteran benefits and has been ordered to return to his … Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Tammy Duckworth, senator and war hero, takes on President Trump, aka 'Cadet Bone Spurs'

by Jenny Jarvie

Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic U.S. senator representing Illinois, has emerged as one of President Trump's most pointed critics, repeatedly pushing back at his attempts to portray her party as unpatriotic. An Army veteran who lost both her legs while serving in Iraq, Duckworth has needled Trump about his draft deferments during the Vietnam War, giving him the nickname "Cadet Bone Spurs" for the foot diagnosis that allowed him to stay out of the military. "I will not be lectured about what … Continue Reading

February 06, 2018

Duckworth calls out 'Cadet Bone Spurs' after Trump's 'treasonous' remark

by Maegan Vazquez
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) An Illinois Democrat who was seriously wounded in Iraq derisively referred to President Donald Trump's draft deferments after Trump called Democrats "treasonous" for not clapping during his State of the Union speech. "We don't live in a dictatorship or a monarchy. I swore an oath-in the military and in the Senate-to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap," … Continue Reading

February 06, 2018

Senator Tammy Duckworth proves it's not unpatriotic to question your superiors

by Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: Quartz

On Nov. 12, 2004, shortly after her troop in the US National Guard had been deployed to Iraq, lieutenant colonel Tammy Duckworth was co-piloting a Black Hawk over Baghdad when she heard a hail of small-arms fire. A rocket-propelled grenade exploded directly beneath the cockpit where she was sitting. She immediately lost both of her legs. She awoke in pain-and anger-11 days later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Duckworth would later describe this place as the "amputee … Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

Duckworth opens Senate constituent office in Carbondale

by Staff

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has opened a new Senate constituent service office in Carbondale's Eurma C. Hayes Center, located at 441 E. Willow St. The office can be reached by phone at (618) 677-7000. Duckworth's Carbondale Office will provide a number of services to Illinoisans including assistance with veterans affairs, Social Security, Medicare, small-business development and other issues involving federal agencies. "I'm opening one of my first Senate offices in Carbondale because … Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

Duckworth: 2018 is past time to get real on paid leave

by Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: CNN

Two weeks ago, I announced that I am pregnant. Since there are only 22 female senators -- and none has ever given birth while they served in the United States Senate -- I knew my announcement was going to get some attention. To be honest, I was a little surprised and overwhelmed by just how much attention our good news received. I was congratulated everywhere I went. I was asked to do tons of interviews. People even said nice things on Twitter, which is not always the friendliest space. … Continue Reading

January 27, 2018

Tammy Duckworth: The mother making history in the US Senate

by Staff
Source: BBC

Tammy Duckworth is used to being a trailblazer. A double amputee, she was the first disabled woman elected to the US Congress. Born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and American father, she was also among the first Asian-American women in Congress. And now, as confirmed in a gleeful tweet this week, she will be the first woman to have a baby while serving in the US Senate. It was "about damn time", the 49-year-old said. "I can't believe it took until 2018." On the day Donald Trump defied the … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Talks About Her Trip To South Korea

by Rachel Martin
Source: NPR

Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq war veteran, who recently returned from a trip to South Korea and the DMZ, about the threat of nuclear war with North Korea. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: There were protests yesterday in Seoul, South Korea, a protest that disrupted a visit by North Korean officials. MARTIN: The protesters told NPR they are skeptical that these new plans for uniting the two Korean teams at the next month's Winter Olympics will ease tensions … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Tammy Duckworth is pregnant; will be 1st senator to give birth

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON - In the history of the nation, only 10 members of Congress have given birth while in office and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is one of them. Soon Duckworth will be in a class by herself. Duckworth told me she is expecting her second child, another girl, in late April, a few weeks after she turns 50. The birth will make Duckworth the nation's first senator to have a baby while serving in the chamber. Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., said in a statement, "I am proud to have her as my … Continue Reading

December 18, 2017

Tammy Duckworth reflects on first term in U.S. Senate

by Staff
Source: WMAQ

CHICAGO (WLS) --From partisan bickering and sexual harassment scandals to a battle royale over tax cuts, freshman Senator Tammy Duckworth's first year in office has been quite a ride. Senator Duckworth began her first term in the Senate at the same time Donald Trump was taking over the White House. And for anyone who has remotely followed this past year in Washington, the term "interesting" might be the most polite way to describe it.Duckworth is no stranger to battles: the Iraqi War veteran … Continue Reading

December 08, 2017

Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

by Editorial Board

North Korea's launch last week of a type of missile that may soon be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States mainland set off the Trump administration on a troubling new trajectory. In the space of a week: Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, warned that tensions with North Korea made it an "open question" whether American athletes would be able to compete in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. (The White House press secretary, Sarah … Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

US senator on North Korea: “Most Americans don’t realize how close we are to this war”

by Zack Beauchamp
Source: Vox

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a decorated veteran of the Iraq War, is scared - scared that the Trump administration may be getting the US into a devastating war with North Korea without much of the public noticing or seeming to care. "Most Americans," she says, "don't realize how close we are to this war." Duckworth, who lost both of her legs after her helicopter was shot down by insurgents, has closely followed both aggressive rhetoric from the White House and the way the US military has been … Continue Reading

November 17, 2017

Search for World War II medals reveals new honors

by Andy Kravetz

PEORIA - For years, Dan Welch wondered whatever came of his father's old medals from World War II. After his dad, Woodrow "Woody" Welch died in 1986, his mother found his old jacket at their home in Smithfield, a small village in Fulton County about an hour southwest of Peoria. The wool coat had been aggressively attacked by moths and, well, it was tossed into the trash. On that jacket was his father's coveted Combat Infantryman's Badge, which can only be earned by soldiers who were involved … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Senator to Donald Trump: Americans Deserve to Know the Costs of a North Korea Conflict

by Uri Friedman

This morning, Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic senator from Illinois, wrote Donald Trump to demand an accounting of what the president and his advisers mean when they talk, with growing urgency these days, of "military options" against North Korea and its nuclear-weapons program. "We must never allow the consequences of war to be hidden from Americans," she asserts in a letter obtained exclusively by The Atlantic. Duckworth, a retired lieutenant colonel, lost her legs in 2004 when Iraqi … Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Congress wants to make Americans with disabilities second-class citizens again

by Senator Tammy Duckworth

On May 28, 1988, Lisa Carl went to her local movie theater, something millions of Americans can do with ease and comfort. Yet when Lisa tried to go into the theater, the manager refused her ticket, denying her entry because Lisa had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair. When an advocate called the theater owner about the incident, the manager coldly stated, "I don't want her in here, and I don't have to let her in." Lisa later testified before Congress, "I was not crying on the outside, but I … Continue Reading

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