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January 06, 2021

Sen. Duckworth pushes for electoral vote count to continue soon

Source: Fox News

January 06, 2021

Duckworth: Unlike anything I’ve ever seen on domestic soil

by CBS News Radio and Neil Doyle
Source: WJBC

WASHINGTON - Thousands of violent protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was in session to count the Electoral College vote confirming the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke with CBS News. "It is unlike anything I've ever seen on domestic soil," Duckworth said. Duckworth told CBS News that a staff member grabbed the electoral vote ballots before evacuation. Police declared the Capitol secure about four hours after the … Continue Reading


January 06, 2021

'We're Just Astonished That This Is Happening,' Sen. Tammy Duckworth Says

by Elena Moore
Source: NPR

As pro-Trump rioters began storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Tammy Duckworth was heading to the Senate floor. "I was actually in the tunnels under the complex when the breach occurred and Capitol Police told me to barricade myself in a secure location, which I did," the Illinois Democrat told NPR's All Things Considered. Speaking early Wednesday evening from an undisclosed location within the Capitol complex, Duckworth said she was in a room full of her Republican and … Continue Reading


January 04, 2021

Women in the US military may finally get body armor that actually fits

by Haley Britzky

I live my life in a state of cautious optimism, so bear with me when I say this: Women in combat could maybe, finally get body armor that fits them properly. A provision in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act - which was passed when the Senate voted on Jan. 1 to override President Donald Trump's veto of the legislation- lays out a series of requirements and initiatives that could move women closer to having body armor that actually fits. I say "cautiously optimistic" because the … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Frontline workers soldier on in battle against COVID-19. The rest of us must do the same.

by Senator Tammy Duckworth

As a bedside nurse, Christina's job has always been difficult, but since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been both intense and surreal. Every day, at her hospital in Chicago, she experiences things most of us could never imagine. She sees terror in the eyes of patients as they're intubated. Through layers of protective equipment, she holds their hands when they're scared and alone, disconnected from their family. She watches as they grab the handrails of their hospital beds and … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

The military designed aircraft with only men in mind. Now they are working to change that.

by Tara Copp
Source: McClatchy

As a helicopter pilot in Iraq in 2004, now-Sen. Tammy Duckworth stopped drinking water hours before she climbed into the cockpit of her Army UH-60 Black Hawk for combat missions. Even in Iraq's heat, she'd purposefully dehydrate herself because there was not a safe way for her to use the restroom in her one-piece, zip-up flight suit. "I would have to take off my side arm. I wore a shoulder holster, so I would have to take off my shoulder holster. Then I would have to take off my flight vest, … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Military May Be Required to Report on Injuries Caused by Ill-Fitting Body Armor

by Hope Hodge Seck

With the passage of the sprawling fiscal 2021 defense policy and budget bill all but inevitable, one U.S. senator is looking forward to a new measure that will require the military to provide properly fitting body armor for female service members, and to develop centralized reporting on the injuries caused by years of requiring women to wear wrong-sized ballistic protection. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot who served in … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

National defense bill pushes Pentagon to buy body armor for women in the military

by Tom Vanden Brook
Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON - The Senate is prodding the Pentagon to buy body armor designed for women troops and to track injuries caused by ill-fitting gear. The Pentagon has made uneven progress in outfitting women for training and fightingsince every combat job was opened to them in 2015. The Air Force began issuing women in its security forces body armor tailored to their bodies that allows freedom to move and shoot. The Army developed a helmet that can accommodate a hair bun and a bomb-disposal suit … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Duckworth fighting to keep Illinois restaurants alive through federal relief plan

by Mike Miletich
Source: WREX

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Restaurant owners across the country are pleading for financial assistance from Capitol Hill. That's why the Illinois Restaurant Association hosted a town hall discussion Friday with one of their champions - Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). Nearly 60% of restaurant owners in Illinois say they'll have to permanently close their doors in the next four months without federal relief. "The restaurant food service industry - including restaurants, bars, caterers, and everyone … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Duckworth offers hope to restaurant industry workers, says relief bill ‘very close’

by Phil Vettel

In a video town-hall meeting sponsored by the Illinois Restaurant Association, Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave hope to the restaurant industry, saying that a relief bill that would provide immediate financial assistance was "very close to the finish line." "I'm not leaving town until we get federal relief out the door," she said Friday, speaking from Washington. The news cheered the restaurant industry members who participated in the call, who also reiterated that restaurant owners and … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Sen. Duckworth spoke with Rock Island-Milan Superintendent Lawrence about COVID-19 relief bill

by Sarah Hayden

A massive COVID-19 relief bill has been introduced in Congress that would help families with child-care assistance and school districts with education needs. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is a co-sponsor of the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act, which would support education and child care by providing $430 billion to students, families, teachers and schools. Duckworth had a virtual meeting Wednesday with Rock Island-Milan School District Superintendent Dr. … Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Online grocery shopping is growing, but millions of Americans on food stamps are being left behind

by Nathaniel Meyersohn

New York (CNN Business) -- Richard Smith wishes he could buy his groceries online and get them delivered right to his door in the pandemic. It's not so easy. Smith, 74, is retired and has COPD, a chronic lung disease. He has trouble breathing from his years of smoking cigarettes. In September, he was hospitalized for his condition. Twice a month, Smith, who doesn't have a car, goes with an aide in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Market Basket, a local supermarket chain, to pick up food and … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

US senator seeks update on contractor taken in Afghanistan

by Eric Tucker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic senator is calling on the State Department to prioritize the return of Mark Frerichs, an American contractor believed to have been taken by a Taliban-linked militant network in Afghanistan earlier this year. The letter from Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois comes weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held what are likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace deal. It is unclear to what extent … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

U.S. Senator Duckworth says military hunger issues uncovered in FOX4 investigation must be addressed

by Lisa McCormick

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A FOX4 investigation that exposed widespread food insecurity among active-duty service members in Missouri has sparked concern and outrage by Iraq War Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator from Illinois Tammy Duckworth. FOX4's investigation revealed that 30% of Missouri students whose parents serve in the military qualified for free or reduced lunches this year. FOX4 also discovered there are food pantries and food distribution programs on or near every military base in the … Continue Reading


December 01, 2020

Duckworth calls for ‘compassionate resolution’ for vets facing GI Bill problems

by Stephanie Zimmermann

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling on the military to show "compassion" in addressing bureaucratic mistakes that have led to the children of long-serving veterans losing out on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for college and, in some cases, being forced to repay money the government already has paid on their behalf. "I am concerned about the overarching trend that bureaucratic error and complex calculations are preventing well-meaning veterans from transferring benefits they've earned" to their … Continue Reading


November 30, 2020

Duckworth calls for ‘compassionate resolution’ for vets facing GI Bill problems

by Stephanie Zimmermann

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling on the military to show "compassion" in addressing bureaucratic mistakes that have led to the children of long-serving veterans losing out on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for college and, in some cases, being forced to repay money the government already has paid on their behalf. "I am concerned about the overarching trend that bureaucratic error and complex calculations are preventing well-meaning veterans from transferring benefits they've earned" to their … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Duckworth Introduces Legislation To Keep Non-Vet Presidents, VPs From Arlington

Source: 1340 WJOL

Senator Tammy Duckworth is sponsoring legislation that would bar non-veteran presidents and vice presidents from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The Illinois Democrat is an Iraq War veteran. The Defense Department is drawing criticism for a proposal that would allow the practice. Some veterans believed that the proposal was an effort to ensure President Trump's burial at the Virginia cemetery. The Pentagon denies the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2020

The Future of Breastfeeding Is No Longer Over Toilets—Thanks to Sen. Duckworth's Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act

by Melissa Prax

"If we don't support our children, how did they grow up to be productive adults?" Sen. Tammy Duckworth told Ms. "If they don't get enough prenatal care, if they don't get the health care support that they need, if they don't get the breast milk when they are growing in their most formative months of life. We can and should do better." Kristin Debreaux has always loved traveling, so when she gave birth to her son Levi, it was a passion she knew she wanted to share. To date, they've been to six … Continue Reading


November 20, 2020

Donald Trump is Endangering National Security for His Ego

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: Time

At the height of a global pandemic and in the depth of a national recession, Donald Trump has endangered our national security by forcing the Pentagon into his latest culture war. Since the moment it was clear he was going to lose the election, Trump has spent his time spewing conspiracy theories so baseless they've been debunked by his own officials. He has used these lies as rationale to refuse to accept the results of what his own Administration has called "the most secure [election] in … Continue Reading


November 19, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth warns of troops in 'body bags' due to Trump's reductions in Iraq, Afghanistan

by Douglas Ernst

Sen. Tammy Duckworth said President Trump's decision to reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan may result in more of them in "body bags." The Illinois Democrat, who is also an Iraq War veteran, blasted Mr. Trump for a move that will bring troop levels to 2,500 in both nations by mid-January. "All of the military commanders have spoken up and say this is the wrong thing to do," she told reporters Tuesday. "We want our troops home, but let's not bring them home in body bags," Ms. … Continue Reading

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