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September 07, 2018

Duckworth: Kavanaugh is no friend to Midwestern farmers

by Tammy Duckworth

Our farmers not only feed us, they also help power our nation through the production of biofuels and renewable energy. As someone who fought in uniform to defend this country, I've seen firsthand the price we pay for our dangerous dependence on foreign oil - and I'd rather burn American-grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than oil from the Middle East. After all, biofuels help make us more energy secure, and in doing so, they make our nation stronger and help us maintain our … Continue Reading

September 05, 2018

Tammy Duckworth: Brett Kavanaugh Would Put Businesses Ahead of Americans With Disabilities on the Supreme Court

by Tammy Duckworth
Source: TIME

When I first woke up at Walter Reed in November 2004, I had no idea that I was disabled. I had no idea that, in the blink of an eye, I had lost both my legs when a grenade tore through the helicopter I was piloting just north of Baghdad. It took me days to recognize the reality of my disability, months to learn how to walk again and years to get used to the constant, hammering pain that's still there, even when I'm just sitting down. Despite it all, I consider myself pretty lucky - not only … Continue Reading

August 08, 2018

Tammy Duckworth to have open house at new Belleville office

by Joseph Bustos

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has scheduled an open house on Thursday at her Belleville office, which opened in mid-July. The office is at 23 Public Square in the same building where U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, previously had an office. Bost eventually moved his area office to O'Fallon. "Reaching as many Illinoisans as possible and addressing their concerns is one of my top priorities as Senator, and making my team available in every corner of the state will help," Duckworth said. … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Duckworth fears migrant kids at shelter are hungry and scared

by Marni Pyke

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth raised concerns about an organization that cares for migrant children separated from their parents Monday, saying she worried they were hungry and stressed. Heartland Alliance runs a number of shelters in the Chicago area, primarily for unaccompanied minors -- children who arrive in the U.S. from other countries without an adult. Heartland also looks after migrant children separated from their parents after crossing the border under a controversial government policy … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Illinois Dems blast Trump for not reunifying all migrant kids by deadline

by Carlos Ballesteros

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and three Illinois congressmen lambasted the Trump administration Friday for failing to reunify the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of its "zero tolerance" enforcement policy by Thursday's court-mandated deadline. As of Thursday, the government had successfully reunified 1,442 children with their relatives. But 711 children separated from their parents or other family members are still in government … Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

She's back: Sen. Tammy Duckworth on breast-feeding (probably not on the Senate floor) and her work-life balance

by Morgan Greene

Even before she returned from maternity leave, Tammy Duckworth, the first woman to give birth while serving in the U.S. Senate, pushed a resolution that allows infants on the Senate floor. The measure, which passed, means she and other new-parent senators won't have to miss a vote. Weeks after returning to her day job, the Illinois Democrat said she has no intention right now of breast-feeding on the Senate floor. But if she ever gets into a situation where she has to, she will. "My … Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Senator Tammy Duckworth Doesn't Want Her Daughter's Birth to Be News Anymore

by Kayla Webley Adler

Senator Tammy Duckworth is used to breaking barriers. An Iraq War veteran who chose to serve as a helicopter pilot because it was one of few combat jobs open to women, she was the first female double amputee from the conflict, after her legs had to be amputated when a helicopter she was copiloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Duckworth went on to become the first disabled woman elected to Congress, in 2012. (She's also the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress from Illinois … Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Duckworth: Kavanaugh puts Roe v Wade in Peril

by Bill Cameron

(WASHINGTON, DC) Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth joined a press conference with other Democratic women of the senate to oppose Trump's supreme court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Duckworth brought her infant Maile to the Capitol Hill presser, "Well, she's why I'm here! If Roe v Wade were overturned, the protections provided by Roe v Wade against things like person-hood amendments, person-hood bills, would actually disappear. You see, if a fertilized egg is a person, you run into all sorts … Continue Reading

July 04, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

by Terrance Black

U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, and Tim Kaine by introducing new legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would allow states to continue to decide how they will treat marijuana possession by removing marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. The Federal Government will still have the ability to prevent trafficking … Continue Reading

July 03, 2018

Tammy Duckworth's Maternity Leave Might Be Over, But She's Bringing Her Breastfed Newborn To The Office

by Michelle Stein
Source: Romper

Let's get real for a moment: exclusively breastfeeding a young infant is hard work. As nursing moms know all too well, this around-the-clock responsibility is basically a full-time job in itself. So when maternity leave ends and a new mom is expected to leave her baby for a good chunk of the day, there are more than a few logistical hurdles to address. What if the baby refuses to take a bottle? Will the mother even have a clean, private place to pump if she can't nurse throughout the day? How … Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Senator Tammy Duckworth on Why the Children Separated at the Border Still Need You

by Senator Tammy Duckworth

The reports have been chilling. A woman sobbed as she described how federal authorities took her child away from her while she was breastfeeding. A 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was separated from her mother. Babies and toddlers were ripped away from their families and then held in what, at best, have been described as "play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis." We are a nation in crisis. For weeks now, Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Duckworth brings baby along to Capitol immigration protest

by Daniella Diaz, Sunlen Serfaty and Kate Sullivan
Source: CNN

With her infant daughter in tow, Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth visited female activists in a Capitol Hill Senate building who are protesting the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy "I wanted to show my support for the folks here today," Duckworth, who gave birth to her second child in April, told CNN in an interview after she visited with protesters. "I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter -- my breastfeeding child -- ripped away from me the way … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Sage grousing: Senators charge Interior is holding up conservation grants

by Alexander Nazaryan
Source: Yahoo

WASHINGTON - Democratic senators are demanding to know why the Department of Interior has been delaying the disbursement of grants and cooperative-agreement funding for conservation projects. According to a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, written by Democrats Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and signed by 10 colleagues, a political appointee has been put in charge of vetting payments of more than $50,000. The senators charge that the resulting delays have … Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

Sen. Duckworth: Haspel's torture record violates American values

by Senator Tammy Duckworth

When you find yourself wounded in enemy territory, as I did after my Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq, you develop an elevated understanding of the threat of torture by those who may capture and hold you prisoner. How you are treated is affected by how brutally your own nation treats individuals in its custody, which is why it's so important that the United States leads in recognizing that torture is illegal under our own federal law and the law of armed conflict that our nation and … Continue Reading

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

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