Press Releases

December 06, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Reauthorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act, which would authorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) until 2038, an additional 15 years past the current expiration date of 2023. The bill would allow Illinoisans and Americans to visit and learn more about the historical and cultural impact of the ALNHA and Lincoln's legacy for years to … Continue Reading


December 05, 2021

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator & Friend Bob Dole

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole: "When I was recovering at Walter Reed, Bob Dole was a patient too. He was 81 years old then, and he had his own private room, but he always did his rehab with the rest of us-cracking jokes and sharing stories about his Army days. I'll always remember how that proud Veteran from an earlier generation took the time-during some of the … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Duckworth-authored Clean Water Provisions Already Delivering for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that just weeks after the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal was signed into law, Illinois will be able to make significant progress in removing lead from drinking water supplies, better protecting families from forever chemicals like PFAS and delivering environmental justice to communities in every corner of the state that have been ignored for too long-all while creating … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, LaHood, Bost, Bustos, Davis Urge FEMA To Review Levee Reimbursement Methodology Across Regions

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), Mike Bost (R-IL-12), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the Agency's headquarters revisit the formulas being used across its regions to calculate Public Assistant reimbursements with regards to pumping costs. In their letter, the lawmakers … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Biden to Designate Cahokia Mounds as Unit of National Park System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to incorporate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site under the National Park System and offer additional protections for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties. In their letter, the Senators call back to Durbin's 2014 request for the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Signed Into Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) joined President Biden at the White House today as he signed their bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act into law to help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans by helping improve care at VA facilities and shed light on the scope of this crisis, particularly among women of color. There are more than half a million women Veterans in our … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. The resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on the leading factors that contribute to youth homelessness in the United States. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Angus King (I-ME) … Continue Reading


November 20, 2021

Duckworth: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Can Help Cahokia Heights Fix Drinking Water and Wastewater Problems

[CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Cahokia Heights residents from Centreville Citizens for Change, Cahokia Heights Mayor Curtis McCall, Sr., and Illinois American Water's President Justin Ladner to outline how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal can help fix the continued storm water flooding and sanitary sewage issues for Cahokia Heights residents that years of neglect have led to. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which President Biden signed into law … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

During Metro East Visit, Duckworth Highlights Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Provisions to Spur Region’s Economic Development, Create Jobs

[ST. LOUIS, MO] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with representatives from the Metro East economic organization Bi-State Development, where she discussed how the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal President Biden signed into law this week will spur economic advancement in the region and help improve the lives of working Illinoisans by encouraging the creation of good-paying local jobs, updating roads and bridges, improving access to clean drinking water and ensuring more … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Duckworth Applauds House Passage of Build Back Better that Would Make Historic Investments in Working Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act to support working families: "This vote shows that Democrats are doing everything we can to improve the lives of working Americans and cut costs for people across the country. Now we need to pass Build Back Better out of the Senate and have the President sign it into law, and I'm committed to doing that as quickly as possible because working … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Duckworth, Hirono Urge Republicans to End Smear Campaign and Confirm Comptroller Nominee Omarova Immediately

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) wrote to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA) urging them to immediately advance the nomination of Professor Saule Omarova to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). President Biden nominated Professor Omarova to serve as Comptroller of the Currency on November 2, 2021. She is widely regarded as a leading … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

As Senate Debates National Defense Authorization Act, Duckworth Outlines Her Proposals to Support Military Families, Scott Air Base and Military Readiness in St. Clair County

[ST. LOUIS, MO] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today met with St. Clair County Military Affairs Committee leadership to discuss her efforts to improve quality of life and reduce educational as well as spousal employment challenges for military families as well as future funding for C-40 aircraft at Scott Air Force Base. Today's meeting comes as the Senate … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Duckworth, Carper Highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Water Provisions that Help Working Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), cofounder of the first-ever U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) today highlighted several provisions they secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal signed into law this week that will help working families across the country by removing lead from their drinking water, protecting them from forever chemicals like PFAS, improving water quality and … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Duckworth, Wyden Re-Introduce Bill to Help Deported Veterans Gain Citizenship

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today re-introduced the Strengthening Citizenship Services for Veterans Act to help ensure that deported Veterans who have successfully completed the preliminary naturalization process can attend their citizenship interview at a port of entry, embassy or consulate without navigating the complex process of advance parole. The proposal would facilitate access to all of the steps of the … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal for Chicagoland Airports and Residents with Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal that President Biden signed into law earlier this week will help improve the customer experience at Chicago's airports. The historic law will help Chicago's airports improve runways, gates and taxiways, as well as make improvements to terminals, multimodal connections and air traffic control. Senator Duckworth's TIFIA … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Duckworth, Panetta to Leadership: Address Military Hunger in National Defense Authorization Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), led 12 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) urging them to include a House-approved provision authored by Duckworth and Panetta that tackles the issue of military hunger … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $16 Million to Modernize and Improve Downtown Rockford

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will receive a $16,384,905 federal grant for the Rockford Complete Streets Revitalization Project. Today's investment will help fund the reconstruction of Chestnut and Walnut streets in downtown Rockford as part of the city's efforts to modernize and improve downtown roadway infrastructure that currently … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $13.5 Million For Springfield Rail Improvement Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the City of Springfield has been awarded $13.5 million in federal funding for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, which will alleviate rail congestion and improve safety. Today's investment, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) RAISE grant program, will support new underpasses at Madison and Jefferson Streets along the new Transportation Center. The project will … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes House, Heads to President’s Biden Desk

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) that would help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 414-9 and is now headed to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. The Protecting Moms Who Served Act would commission the first-ever comprehensive study on the scope of America's … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Duckworth, Speier Urge Leadership of HASC and SASC Committees To Include Parental Leave and Military Child Care In FY2022 NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Congress looks to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus, yesterday led their colleagues in sending two bipartisan, bicameral letters to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) urging them to … Continue Reading

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