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April 04, 2019

Duckworth Legislation Would Help Deported Veterans Return To The U.S.

by Maria Ines Zamudio
Source: WBEZ

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth reintroduced three bills to help deported veterans on Thursday. One of the bills is the Veterans Visa and Protection Act, which would ban the deportation of veterans. The bill would also create a visa program for veterans that have already been deported, allowing them to return to the U.S. as a legal permanent resident and providing them assistance to become U.S. citizens. Currently, veterans who are legal permanent residents can be deported, if they are convicted … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Tammy Duckworth Forced Airlines to Report When They Break Wheelchairs. Hers Ended Up on the List.

by Russ Choma

In December, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) caught a flight back to Washington after surveying tornado damage in her home state only to discover that, for at least the third time in three years, the wheelchair she relies on had been broken while it was stowed in the plane's hold during transit. The damage was relatively minor, but it still made the chair difficult to use. This is a common problem for people with disabilities, many of whom complain that their motorized wheelchairs and scooters … Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

Senator Tammy Duckworth on Climate Change and National Security

by Staff

Last week, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) became one of 10 members of the newly formed Senate Democrat Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and a Purple Heart recipient, Senator Duckworth brings an important perspective to this committee: that climate change is a direct threat to our national security and to our troops serving around the world. Her staff was kind enough to share a transcript of her remarks during the press conference … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

‘Left in the lurch’: Airlines break an average of 25 wheelchairs a day

by Lindsay Wise

WASHINGTON Airlines damaged at least 701 wheelchairs and motorized scooters in a single month - an average of more than 25 a day, according to the first such data reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation under a new law championed by Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Among the hundreds of wheelchairs damaged between Dec. 4 and 31 last year was one belonging to Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and combat veteran and double amputee. She pushed for the law after her own wheelchair was damaged … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Duckworth's wheelchair-trashing rule begins to bite airlines

by Greg Hinz

It looks like Sen. Tammy Duckworth was onto something when she passed a new law requiring public disclosure of how often airlines damage customers' wheelchairs-including the senator's. Twice. According to the first report from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Duckworth rule, carriers reported damaging or breaking 701 wheelchairs and motorized scooters between Dec. 4 and Dec. 31, an average of more than 25 a day. Among the victims was, once again, Duckworth, a double-amputee … Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

This Iraq vet turned Democratic senator wants her party to pay more attention to national security

by Leo Shane III

Iraq War Veteran and Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants her party to talk more about the military. With the 2020 elections looming, Democrats - especially the growing list of presidential hopefuls - need to do a better job outlining their goals for national security, Duckworth said, especially as Republicans try to paint the party's positions as sacrificing defense spending for other domestic priorities. "I don't see it as a zero-sum game, which is what the right wing is … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Sen. Duckworth warns military may find itself short of recruits

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON - Wounded Iraq war vet Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a new member of the Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday warned that the military may find itself short of recruits. But the pool of potential recruits, she said, could be expanded if more youths were physically fit; non-citizen immigrants were welcomed; and discrimination against transgender troops ended. "If you are willing to put your life on the line for this country and you can do the job, you should be able to serve no … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

International Women's Day 2019: Women in Politics Share Experiences of Sexism and Offer Advice to Future Generations

by Chantal Da Silva
Source: Newsweek

International Women's Day marks a moment to pause and reflect on just how far women and girls around the world have come in the fight for equality-and how far we still have to go in the bid for equality for all. To mark International Women's Day, Newsweek asked a selection of women in U.S. politics-from senators to representatives and mayoral leaders-to offer their perspectives on a few questions: Have they have faced sexism in their own careers? What do they believe to be some of the … Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Duckworth moves to boost funding for O’Hare, rail project

by Greg Hinz

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is wasting no time with her job on a key Senate panel, taking steps today to boost federal funding for two big projects close to the Chicago area's economy: expansion of O'Hare International Airport and completion of the Create project to unsnarl railroad traffic here. At a hearing of the Senate Transportation & Safety Subcommittee-Duckworth recently became the ranking Democratic member-the senator announced that she and Georgia Republican Sen. David … Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Senator Tammy Duckworth proves why we need more moms in government

by Heather Marcoux
Source: Motherly

She was the first senator to give birth while serving in office and made history by bringing her baby onto the Senate floor. Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth knows what working mothers are up against each day. Her ability to juggle work calls and juice boxes while simultaneously getting her daughter off to preschool is impressive, and her legislative record proves how important it is for mothers to be represented in government. During the fourth episode of The Motherly Podcast, Duckworth … Continue Reading

February 20, 2019

Three Asian-American lawmakers introduce a bill to prohibit internment like that of Japanese Americans during World War II

by Michelle Lou and Brandon Griggs
Source: CNN

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order that sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps for the remainder of World War II. Now three Asian-American members of Congress are trying to ensure that something like that never happens again. US Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, along with US Rep. Mark Takano of California -- all Democrats -- have introduced a bill that would bar Americans from being forcibly incarcerated based … Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Calls for Investigation Into Whether ICE Violated Disability Policy

by Staff

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has called for an independent investigation into whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement violated its policy prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities, after a story by The Daily Beast exposed how ICE agents at a Texas detention center deprived a man of his prosthetic limbs for more than five months. Victor Valladares Diaz, a double amputee who lost an arm and a leg on the journey to be reunited with his family in the United States, spent … Continue Reading

February 18, 2019

Duckworth Says Senate Has Enough Votes to Rescind Trump's National Emergency

by Kate Feldman

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says her colleagues are prepared to block President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, which he celebrated at the golf course a day after the announcement. Duckworth (D-Ill.) said Sunday on "This Week" that she believes there are enough votes in the Senate to override the President's declaration, which he made Friday in order to designate an additional $6.5 billion for his border wall. "Frankly, I think there's enough people in the Senate who are concerned that … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Sen. Duckworth: Trump’s “National Emergency” Is Illegal

by Niala Boodhoo, Alan Montecillo and Robin Linn

Congress voted Thursday to approve a spending plan that would keep the government open. We sat down with Senator Tammy Duckworth just before the Senate vote in Washington D.C. Congress moved ahead quickly Thursday with a bipartisan deal that would keep the government open. But hearing news that President Trump would approve that deal, and still declare a national emergency to get funding for a border wall, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth voiced concerns about whether that was even … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Need supplies for your new business? This new law can help

by Elizabeth Howe

When Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, she had a new office to open. Instead of using the taxpayer's dollar to purchase new furniture and supplies, she went to a Government Surplus Accounting (GSA) warehouse and furnished her new office at no expense. Then, as an Army veteran herself, she started wondering - why don't give we veterans access to these warehouses too? Now, veterans have that access. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

This new law gives vet small business owners surplus federal equipment -- for free

by Tammy Duckworth

Scattered in warehouses throughout the country are the kinds of federal resources that can help make small businesses thrive - laptops and office furniture, construction equipment and farm tools that have been gathering dust, unused and unseen, year after year. Meanwhile, thousands of American service members are returning home from war, taking off their uniform then taking a chance: trying to scrounge up enough resources to start their own small businesses, all too often struggling to … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Senator Tammy Duckworth Slams Transgender Military Ban, Recalling Near-Death Experience

by Amy Russo
Source: HuffPost

Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has denounced the Supreme Court's revival of President Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops in the military. Duckworth, in a statement Tuesday, railed against the high court's 5-4 ruling allowing Trump's administration to enforce the restriction, recalling her near-death battlefield experience relying on fellow soldiers for survival. "When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter on that dusty field in Iraq, I didn't … Continue Reading

January 21, 2019

Senator Tammy Duckworth visits the Rockford Rescue Mission

by WIFR News Room
Source: WIFR

Rockford, Ill (WIFR) -- Senator Tammy Duckworth made an appearance at the Rockford Rescue Mission earlier today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and commend Rockford for its work with the homeless community. During her visit, Duckworth addressed the success the city has seen through its focus on fighting the issue of homelessness. One of the ways being the adoption of federal grant programs designed to provide federal funding for various needs, including finding housing for veterans and … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Free property for veterans? Tammy Duckworth has a new law for that

by Chris Kaergard

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is hoping veterans who operate small businesses take advantage of a new law giving them access to surplus government property. The measure that she sponsored, which was signed into law earlier this month by President Donald Trump, adds those veterans onto the list of eligible groups to get federal surplus personal property for free. "You'd be surprised at how much stuff the federal government owns and how much it's costing to warehouse it," Duckworth said in a phone … Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

Durbin and Duckworth back bill to raise federal minimum wage

by Staff
Source: KHQA

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined fellow Senate Democrats in introducing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 to help more families make ends meet, expand economic opportunity, and help build an economy that works for all families, not just the wealthiest few. The Raise The Wage Act would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the full … Continue Reading

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