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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

Source: Daily Beast

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

Source: Military.com

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

Source: the 21st Show

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

Source: Connecting Vets Radio

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

Source: MilitaryTimes

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

Source: Journal Star

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


January 08, 2019

Legislation would expand Lincoln National Heritage Area to Freeport

by Staff

Source: WREX

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WREX) - Bi-partisan legislation would expand the National Heritage Area in Illinois that honors the life and legacy of America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The legislation would add Livington County, the City of Freeport in Stephenson County, and the City of Jonesboro in Union County. It would ensure all sites of Lincoln's legal career and the Lincoln-Douglas debates would be included. The existing Lincoln National Heritage Area was established in 2008 and preserves … Continue Reading


January 07, 2019

Concerns grow about impact of shutdown on airport safety; Duckworth warns of long lines to come

by Mary Wisniewski

Source: Chicago Tribune

The security lines at O'Hare International Airport have been normal in recent days, airport officials say, despite reports that Transportation Security Administrationworkers have been calling in sick in greater numbers because of the government shutdown. However, U.S. pilots have expressed concerns about the ongoing impact of the shutdown on airport safety, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters at O'Hare on Monday that she envisioned "long, long lines" if the … Continue Reading


December 27, 2018

Airlines Will Begin Reporting How Often They Break Wheelchairs, Thanks to Tammy Duckworth

by Russ Choma

Source: Mother Jones

In the closing weeks of the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation completed a yearslong effort to begin holding airlines accountable for damaging passengers' motorized wheelchairs and scooters. Then Donald Trump took office. Advocacy groups for people with disabilities say this happens routinely, but there have never been firm numbers on how often these expensive items are broken during airline travel. That was set to change in early 2018, when a new regulation was to take … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

'It's very much a matter of dignity': Tammy Duckworth pushes through rule requiring airlines to disclose how many wheelchairs they break

by Heidi Stevens

Source: Chicago Tribune

Beginning as early as January, airline passengers will be able to search the U.S. Department of Transportation website to determine an airlines' record of handling wheelchairs and other mobility devices. "It's very much a matter of dignity," U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., told me Tuesday. As part of the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that Congress passed recently, air carriers have to begin providing monthly reports, accessible to the public, detailing … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

I’m a combat veteran. We cannot allow our country to be turned into a war zone.

by Tammy Duckworth

Source: Washington Post

Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, represents Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Josephine Gay loved to spend her summers running her own lemonade stand. Siretha White's mother called her "Nugget" because she brought her family more joy than a nugget of gold. Peter Wang had his heart set on serving his country in uniform one day. Josephine was 7 when she was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Siretha was 10 when she was gunned down at her birthday party in Chicago. Peter was 15 … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Sen. Duckworth to serve on the Senate Armed Services Commitee

by WICS/WRSP Staff

Source: Fox Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) - Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth will be serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee in the next Congress. In a statement, Duckworth said in part, I'm eager to get to work on the many critical national security issues our nation faces as well as to ensure our troops have the resources...support and moral authority they … Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

New rule will require airlines to report damaged wheelchairs and all mishandled luggage

by Marni Pyke

Source: Daily Herald

After a lengthy flight, most passengers are poised to spring into action when their airplane lands. But what if, during the flight, the airline damaged your "legs"? That's how passengers who use wheelchairs like U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth feel when their means of independent transportation are broken by carriers' mishandling. The problem sparked a new federal rule requiring airlines to declare how many wheelchairs or motorized scooters are damaged or lost. It goes into effect this month … Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Senator Calls on VA, credit bureaus to prevent lasting consequences from GI Bill delays

by Nikki Wentling

Source: Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday urged the Department of Veterans Affairs and major credit reporting agencies to intervene on behalf of student veterans who could experience long-term financial repercussions from not receiving their monthly housing stipends on time this semester. Citing information technology failures, the VA missed a deadline in August to implement part of the new "Forever" GI Bill, which Congress approved last year. The issue resulted in thousands of … Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Here's How Women Are Changing the Most Important Workspace in America

by Samantha Zabell

Source: Apartment Therapy

Many homeowners know the experience of moving into an outdated space and planning some much-needed renovations. For the 102 women elected to Congress during the 2018 midterm elections (a record, by the way), they may not be able to gut the place but they could influence some major building changes. Now that nearly one in five legislators on Capitol Hill will be a woman, the building needs to prepare for these leaders and their teams. For decades, Capitol Hill was a man's world and they … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Duckworth hosts roundtable on Sterigenics concerns

by Mebach and Julian Crews

Source: WGN

DARIEN, Ill. -- U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth visited DuPage County Friday morning to hear from Willowbrook area residents affected by the release of a cancer causing chemical from a local plant over more than 30 years. Sterigenics uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment and instruments. During a closed door roundtable discussion with residents, the Democratic lawmaker said several members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation are promising action. They will demand the EPA release … Continue Reading

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