Press Releases

May 23, 2024

Duckworth Introduces Legislation to Improve Access to High-Quality Medical Care for Servicemembers and Military Families in the Indo-Pacific

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC)—introduced legislation to improve medical readiness within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and ensure our nation’s servicemembers and their families have access to quality patient care throughout the Indo-Pacific region—where they often must to travel long distances to receive care—whether … Continue Reading


May 23, 2024

Duckworth Condemns Senate Republicans for Blocking Bipartisan Border Security Legislation That They Negotiated, Again

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement condemning Senate Republicans for blocking the Senate from even beginning debate on the bipartisan border security legislation that they helped negotiate yet again: “After loudly complaining about the urgent need to ‘fix our border’ for years, it’s disappointing to see my Republican colleagues—at Donald Trump’s request—refuse to even allow a debate on a bipartisan border deal that Senate Republicans … Continue Reading


May 21, 2024

Duckworth and Durbin Announce $17.8 Million in EPA Grant Funding to Clean and Redevelop Contaminated Illinois Sites

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—Chair of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus—and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)—a member of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus—announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded 10 grants, totaling $17,833,610, to Illinois communities to assess, clean, and redevelop “brownfield” contaminated waste sites.  Brownfields are properties upon which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by … Continue Reading


May 21, 2024

After Duckworth and Durbin’s Continued Efforts, USPS to Pause Changes to Mail Processing in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the news that the United States Postal Service (USPS) would pause the proposed plan to eliminate mail processing at Processing and Distribution Centers through the end of 2024. This announcement comes after Duckworth and Durbin vocally pushed against this proposed change which would exacerbate already-delayed mail delivery throughout Illinois, especially in the state’s rural … Continue Reading


May 21, 2024

Duckworth and Durbin Join Welch in Urging Congress to Expand Access to Affordable Housing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Peter Welch and nearly every Senate Democrat in calling on Congress to fund the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America) in the upcoming FY25 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill. As a congressionally chartered national nonprofit, NeighborWorks creates opportunities for Americans to live in … Continue Reading


May 20, 2024

Duckworth: Far From “Protecting IVF,” New Senate Republican Effort Would Simply Encourage States to Defund Healthcare for Millions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement underscoring that a new bill unveiled by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Katie Britt (R-AL), which they claim would “protect IVF,” would actually incentivize state legislatures to both ban IVF and defund Medicaid at the same time—unpopular, extreme policies that far-right Republican policymakers have sought to do for decades. This Republican-led effort comes after Republicans blocked Senator … Continue Reading


May 20, 2024

Duckworth Joins Murray, Senate Democratic Women in Responding to New Senate Republican Legislation Pushing Anti-Abortion Propaganda, Collecting Data on Pregnant Women Through New Government Website

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 10 of her colleagues in issuing the following statement in response to new legislation introduced by Senate Republicans that would create a new government-run website to collect data on pregnant women and direct them to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers and other “resources” to pressure women into carrying pregnancies to term, no matter their circumstances. “Americans don’t want the … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Duckworth Receives Commitment from Secretary of the Navy to Remediate Conditions at Naval Station Great Lakes’ Halsey Village

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) —a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee— today received commitment from Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro to work with her to ensure that remediating and redeveloping the deplorable housing conditions in Halsey Village at North Chicago’s Naval Station Great Lakes remains a priority for the Navy and that these efforts are resourced appropriately, as well a commitment from the Secretary to personally visit to … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Duckworth’s Key Priorities Included in Newly-signed Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Law

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Several provisions to improve consumer safety, expand the aviation workforce and enhance protections for travelers with disabilities that U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—authored and championed became law today as President Biden signed the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Duckworth Receives Statesmanship Award for Prioritizing Bipartisan Work over Party Politics

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Last night, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was honored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress for her continued commitment to working across the aisle to achieve the best results possible for her constituents and for all Americans, despite political affiliation. Duckworth received the Statesmanship Award alongside Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), with whom she has partnered with on numerous initiatives, including travelling together in 2021 to help announce … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Duckworth Reiterates Support for Illinois Tech Hubs in Meeting with iFAB

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Illinois Fermentation and Agriculture Biomanufacturing (iFAB) Tech Hub leadership to reiterate her support for the program, one of Illinois’s two designees by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a Tech Hub. The iFAB consortium recently applied for EDA’s Tech Hub Phase II funding, which could bring in up to $70 million in federal support and unlock more than $600 million in investment in Illinois, supporting … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Duckworth Meets with FTC Chair to Discuss Infant Formula Shortage, Additional Support for Working Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan to discuss the FTC’s wide-ranging report, originally requested by the Senator, on infant formula supply disruptions as well as how we can continue to better understand the business practices and market conditions that led to our nation’s infant formula crisis in 2022. Additionally, Duckworth and Chair Khan discussed how we can build on our progress to strengthen supply … Continue Reading


May 14, 2024

Duckworth and Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Raise Food Safety and Enforcement Standards for Commercial Baby and Toddler Food

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to limit the levels of harmful heavy metals allowed in commercial food for infants and toddlers. Heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, or other contaminants, if regularly consumed by babies through their food, can impact a child’s lifelong health and development. The Baby Food Safety Act of 2024 would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce … Continue Reading


May 10, 2024

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Duckworth Highlights Importance of IVF Access with IVF Parents and Providers

[CHICAGO, IL] - Ahead of Mother’s Day this weekend, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted a listening session for IVF parents and providers to discuss their experiences and the barriers faced while trying to provide care for and grow their families. During today’s session, Duckworth highlighted the importance of passing her Access to Family Building Act, legislation that would protect access to IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technology nationwide, while Republicans across the … Continue Reading


May 10, 2024

Duckworth Touts $150,000 in Federal Funding She Secured for Centro Romero

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Centro Romero to highlight and discuss the $150,000 federal investment she secured through a Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally Directed Spending Request for the North Side non-profit refugee and immigrant assistance center. The funding Duckworth requested and successfully secured will help Centro Romero enhance their domestic violence counseling services, immigration legal services, after-school programming, public benefits … Continue Reading


May 10, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Warren and 22 Senators in Push for Funding to the Office of Federal Student Aid

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) this week joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 22 of their colleagues in the Senate in encouraging U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin—Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies—and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito—Ranking Member of the Subcommittee—to provide $2.7 billion in funding to the Office of Federal Student Aid … Continue Reading


May 09, 2024

Duckworth-Baldwin Provision to Help Improve Aircraft Evacuation Standards Included in Senate-passed FAA Reauthorization Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) highlighted that their Emergency Vacating of Aircraft Cabin (EVAC) Act was successfully included in the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024 that passed the Senate today. Currently, the FAA’s … Continue Reading


May 09, 2024

Duckworth Touts Key Priorities She Included in Senate-Passed FAA Reauthorization

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—highlighted that several provisions she authored and championed to help improve safety for consumers, expand the aviation workforce and enhance protections for travelers with disabilities were included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 that passed the Senate on a bipartisan … Continue Reading


May 09, 2024

Duckworth Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill She Helped Author

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—celebrated the full Senate passing the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 88-4. Alongside CST Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Aviation Safety … Continue Reading


May 08, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Then $150 Million to Improve Housing Across Local Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $150,346,316 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capital Fund Program, which offers annual funding to public housing authorities to build, renovate, and modernize the public housing in their communities. “Access to safe and dependable public housing is critically important for families all across Illinois,” Duckworth said. “Along with … Continue Reading

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