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September 25, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: “Ginsburg Changed This Nation—and My Own Life—Time and Again”

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Our democracy may have been founded in the 18th century-but it wasn't fully built when the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence. It was forged and formed not just by those whose faces loom large on Mount Rushmore, but by someone who was often the smallest, quietest person in nearly every room she ever walked into. A five-foot-one-inch giant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed this nation-and my own life-time and again, seeing no challenge too big and finding no cause too small to fight for. … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Introduces Bill to Ban Camouflage for Federal Agents

by Jeffery Martin
Source: Newsweek

Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth introduced legislation on Wednesday to prevent federal agents in the U.S. from wearing camouflage uniforms. During violent protests against racism in some U.S. cities, federal agents who were sent to the demonstrations by the White House were spotted wearing camo. Some observers mistakenly identified those agents as members of the military. In July, the Pentagon expressed concern about the similarity between the uniform styles. Duckworth's proposal, … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage

by Steve Beynon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the use of camouflage uniforms by federal law enforcement following criticism during the summer that federal agents assigned to control racial protests looked like National Guard troops. "The Trump administration's decision to deploy federal law enforcement officers outfitted in camouflage uniforms in response to those protesting the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans blurred the lines between … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Automatic citizenship has been restored for some troops’ children born abroad

by Meghann Myers

Last year, a federal policy update put citizenship in jeopardy for a handful of military children born abroad every year. Lawmakers decried the move and worked up legislation to fix the issue, and as of September, part of the policy has been rescinded. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act, passed by Congress in March and first implemented this month, requires U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to recognize automatic citizenship once again for children … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

New policies now in place for military children seeking US citizenship

by Caitlin Kenney

WASHINGTON - Military children who are not U.S. citizens and live overseas with their American parents are finally able to obtain citizenship automatically now that a new law is being implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which had changed the policy last year. USCIS announced Friday that it had updated its policy to implement the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act, almost a year after the agency had changed how it determined the residency … Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

Duckworth pushing for sanctions on anyone tied to bounties on American forces

by Jim Niedelman
Source: WGN9

Senator Tammy Duckworth is very outspoken about the reports Russians are paying bounties in the Middle East for killing American forces in Afghanistan. She pushed for an investigation. Now she introduced legislation. This is the second part of our conversation on this week's 4 The Record. Anyone who follows you knows you are very passionate about the military. You're among a group of senators who introduced legislation last week in response to concerns that Russia is putting bounties on … Continue Reading

September 19, 2020

No, We Weren’t ‘Suckers’ or ‘Losers’

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

If Donald Trump had been on the battlefield with me in Iraq back in November 2004, I doubt I ever would've made it home. In the Army, part of our soldier's creed involves never leaving a fallen comrade behind. The only reason I am alive today is that, after a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting, my buddies embodied that creed. They thought I was dead but still risked their own safety to bring my body back home to my family. Only when they got me to … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Watchdog To Review Nonlethal Tactics Against Protesters, Including 'Heat Ray' Request

by Dina Temple-Raston
Source: NPR

The Government Accountability Office is investigating the Pentagon's interest in deploying a "heat ray" to control crowds around the White House, part of a broader review of the tactics and use of nonlethal weapons that have been leveled against social justice protesters this summer, NPR has learned. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., requested the independent review in early June, just days after federal police cleared peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square, outside the White House, with tear … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

"The Revolution is Not Glam" (with Sen. Tammy Duckworth)

Source: Crooked

In This Episode This week Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco talk to Senator Tammy Duckworth about the military's sexual harassment response program and Trump's non-stop shit talk of our troops. Then, Erin and Alyssa unpack the disturbing news from ICE detention camps, and check-in on the state of the suburbs. Next, Michaela Watkins and Naomi Ekperigin join to work out our complicated feelings as we approach the apocalypse. Are we ok? Should we be? Finally, who's got a plan to haunt Trump … Continue Reading

September 10, 2020

Duckworth on Trump Downplaying COVID-19 Pandemic: I’m ‘Just Furious’

by Meaghan Ellis

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) slammed President Donald Trump over the incriminating audio released by journalist Bob Woodward. On Thursday, the former combat veteran appeared on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell where she was asked about Trump's admission to downplaying the coronavirus. Duckworth said that Trump's actions are infuriating. "Just furious," Duckworth said. "I cannot believe that any president of the United States would do this." She continued, "And for him to have been out there … Continue Reading

September 10, 2020

U.S. Democrats demand Trump response to reported Russian bounties

by Patricia Zengerle
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would require President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on any Russian involved in the alleged payment of bounties to militants for killing U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. The legislation would require Trump to certify whether the Russian government offered, ordered or was responsible for bounties for killing U.S. and allied forces. If his administration found that Moscow did so, the measure would … Continue Reading

September 01, 2020

The Personal and the Political: The Transformational Politics of Sen. Tammy Duckworth

by Elan Young

In 2004, when US Army Captain Tammy Duckworth, now a senator from Illinois, woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq, she found herself in unrelenting, all-consuming pain. She remembers realizing that she was suddenly mission-less-a helicopter pilot with no legs. Duckworth grew up in Southeast Asia while her father, an Army and Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II and the Vietnam War, worked for the United … Continue Reading

August 31, 2020

Congressional watchdog to review Army’s sexual harassment and assault prevention program

by Kyle Rempfer
Source: Army Times

The Government Accountability Office accepted a request from Army veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to conduct an independent review of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program, Duckworth's office announced Friday. A full scope and timeline for the GAO review wasn't released. But in her initial request in July, Duckworth asked that the GAO to design a survey to obtain soldiers' views on the SHARP program's effectiveness and shortcomings, as evaluated … Continue Reading

August 31, 2020

More than $11M will go to support Ill. health centers

by Amber Ruch
Source: KFVS12

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The state of Illinois will receive $11.5 million in federal grants to support 44 Community Health Centers. The following Illinois health centers will receive funding: Access Community Health Network (Chicago): $367,750 Alivio Medical Center (Chicago): $222,701 Asian Human Services Family Health Center, Inc. (Chicago): $220,250 Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, Inc. (Olympia Fields): $470,481 Cass County Health Department (Virginia): … Continue Reading

August 28, 2020

GAO agrees to review Army's sexual harassment program

by Rose A. Thayer

The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday accepted a request from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to review the Army's sexual harassment response program in the wake of the disappearance and death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, the senator's office announced Friday. The review will look at the implementation and effectiveness of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, after Guillen's family said the soldier had experienced sexual harassment on … Continue Reading

August 27, 2020

Ill. counties to receive $2.4M in FEMA reimbursement funding for flooding recovery

by Amber Ruch
Source: KFVS12

SOUTHERN Ill. (KFVS) - Some Illinois counties, including ones in southern Illinois, will receive millions of dollars in FEMA reimbursement funding for flooding recovery. The state was awarded a total of $2,414,009 in federal funding to offset costs related to the historic flooding from February 24 to July 3, 2019. It will go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The money will reimburse them for emergency work … Continue Reading

August 25, 2020

Sen. Duckworth meets with Peoria leaders on long-awaited COVID funding

by Howard Packowitz

PEORIA (HOI) - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Peoria's mayor and city manager Monday on what's next for the city, and their needs for federal funding. Duckworth said if she had it her way, help would be on the way. However, she says Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is halting the process. Duckworth said she's trying to get money in the next COVID package to go directly to cities and counties. "I'm fighting as hard as i can to make sure that there's money in … Continue Reading

August 24, 2020

Duckworth Working To Funnel More COVID-19 Relief To Local Governments

by Tim Shelley

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she's working to get more financial relief for Illinois municipalities struggling to keep services going after COVID-19 took a big bite out of tax revenues. "We are going to fight as hard as we can to get money in there for the municipalities," she said in a Monday news briefing. "I have also been in contact with [the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity] to try to get some of the money that had been released for COVID relief to be passed along … Continue Reading

August 21, 2020

IL Sens Durbin, Duckworth Advocate For First-Class Postage For Ballots

Source: 1340 WJOL

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are advocating for all election mail to be sent first-class. The pair also wants to make sure there are sufficient resources to deal with greater mail volume ahead of Election Day. Durbin says Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has no background in the Postal Service so he didn't understand the fallout of changing the system. DeJoy is expected to testify before Congress today and Monday about his shakeup of the U.S. Postal Service ahead of Election … Continue Reading

August 20, 2020

Duckworth: Republicans gut Americans with Disabilities Act in coronavirus relief bill

by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Source: USA Today

I gathered my notes, took a sip of water and spoke out in the Senate chamber this month on behalf of the millions of Americans living with disabilities - and on behalf of the many more who, whether they know it or not, are just one bad day, one bad diagnosis, away from acquiring a disability as well. I went to the floor on their behalf, because I came to the floor by rolling through the Capitol's corridors in the wheelchair I'm writing this from. And I could come to the floor because 30 years … Continue Reading

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