Press Releases

September 17, 2021

Duckworth Meets with AFGE Local 4070 President to Discuss Staffing and COVID-19 at Thomson Prison

[MOLINE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with AFGE Local 4070 President Jonathan Zumkehr to discuss staffing, hiring and retention initiatives at the prison, as well as measures to keep employees and inmates safe during the ongoing pandemic. Their meeting comes one day after the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Duckworth's, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos' (D-IL-17) request for a 25 percent retention bonus … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

In Quad Cities, Duckworth Highlights Importance of Welcoming Afghan Allies and Partners Who Assisted US Mission

[MOLINE, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, today met with leaders of several Quad Cities organizations and advocates focused on efforts to resettle Afghan partners and allies who sacrificed for the United States' mission in Afghanistan. Duckworth met with World Relief Quad Cities Director Laura Fontaine and Program Manager Jen Osing, Doris & Victor Day Foundation … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

In Quad Cities, Duckworth Highlights Importance of Welcoming Afghan Allies and Partners Who Assisted US Mission

[MOLINE, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, today met with leaders of several Quad Cities organizations and advocates focused on efforts to resettle Afghan partners and allies who sacrificed for the United States' mission in Afghanistan. Duckworth met with World Relief Quad Cities Director Laura Fontaine and Program Manager Jen Osing, Doris & Victor Day Foundation … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Quad Cities Director of Aviation to Discuss Investing in Regional Infrastructure

[MOLINE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Metropolitan Airport Authority's Director of Aviation Ben Leischener to discuss projects made possible due to past federal funding received by the Quad Cities International Airport as well as the airport's plans for new a federal investment announced this morning. Earlier today, Duckworth, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) announced $1,325,923 in federal funding through the Federal … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Approval of Retention Bonus for USP Thomson to Address Staffing Shortage

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a 25 percent retention bonus for nearly all staff at USP Thomson that the lawmakers have been advocating for since August 2020. The approval comes amid an understaffing crisis at the facility worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and additional strain placed on current … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Approval of Retention Bonus for USP Thomson to Address Staffing Shortage

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today announced that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a 25 percent retention bonus for nearly all staff at USP Thomson that the lawmakers have been advocating for since August 2020. The approval comes amid an understaffing crisis at the facility worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and additional strain placed on current … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce $1.3 Million for Quad Cities International Airport Improvements

[MOLINE, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $1,325,923 in federal funding to the Quad Cities International Airport. This funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration will help the airport improve and extend taxiways and remove runway and taxiway pavement. "Quad Cities International Airport is an important economic engine for our state and the region, and … Continue Reading


September 16, 2021

Duckworth and Moran Pass Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize September 2021 as National Student Parent Month

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) this week introduced and passed by voice vote a bipartisan resolution recognizing September 2021 as National Student Parent Month. The resolution highlights the contributions and achievements of the nearly 4,000,000 Americans with children who attend postsecondary educational institutions. "Establishing this month as National Student Parent Month sends an important message to Americans who are trying to balance … Continue Reading


September 16, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Importance of Supporting Afghan Ally Resettlement Efforts with Illinois Officials

[MOLINE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Illinois officials to discuss how Illinois is supporting the resettlement of Afghan allies and partners across the state. Duckworth spoke with Illinois Deputy Governor Sol Flores, Illinois First Assistant Deputy Governor Lizzy Whitehorn, Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Chief of Staff Ryan Croke and IDHS Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Lilian Jimenez about the importance of the state's efforts to … Continue Reading


September 16, 2021

Duckworth Meets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Commander

[ROCK ISLAND, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, today met with Colonel Jesse Curry, Rock Island District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to discuss ongoing water infrastructure investments and projects along the Upper Mississippi. Duckworth and Curry discussed the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), a long-term ecological restoration and … Continue Reading


September 15, 2021

Duckworth Announces 4.6 Million Additional American Vaccine Doses to Indonesia as Part of Biden Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the United States would send an additional 4.6 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Indonesia as part of the Biden Administration's global vaccination efforts. This new tranche is in addition to the 8 million doses already announced by the Administration bringing the total American doses donated to the nation to 12.6 million. Duckworth lived in Indonesia as a child before serving in the … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

Duckworth Statement on 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, issued the following statement today: "Twenty years ago today, as two towers fell and a nation began to mourn the nearly 3,000 lives lost, terrorists also changed the course of countless other American lives, in particular those of our servicemembers and military families. I want to honor those lost on that tragic day, as … Continue Reading


September 08, 2021

Duckworth and Rep. Barbara Lee Urge Senate Leadership to Support Families in Need of Diapers in Reconciliation Package

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) urged House and Senate leaders to include $200 million through the Social Services Block Grant to fund a national grant program focused on distributing diapers to millions of families in need in the upcoming reconciliation package. Duckworth and Lee made their call for additional funding for families in need in a letter that was cosigned by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. … Continue Reading


September 02, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Klobuchar and Colleagues in Urging Schumer, Pelosi to Support Homegrown Renewable Fuels in Reconciliation Package

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Cindy Axne (D-IA-03), Angie Craig (D-MN-02) and Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) in sending a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) urging them to include support for homegrown renewable fuels … Continue Reading


September 01, 2021

Duckworth, Inhofe Send Letter Encouraging DOT and FAA Support of Aviation Maintenance Training Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in sending a bipartisan letter to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration encouraging them to implement a directive in support of aviation maintenance training schools. The senators wrote: "…As original sponsors of the language, we encourage and request swift implementation of the directive in support of aviation maintenance training schools, which have a … Continue Reading


August 30, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Completion of U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

[HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, issued the following statement today after the last U.S. troops departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan: "My heartfelt appreciation and thoughts are with the families of the American servicemembers killed in the line of duty during last week's terrorist attack in Kabul, with those … Continue Reading


August 25, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $2.75 Million for Renewable Energy in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $2,754,789 today in federal funding to three companies for the creation of infrastructure that will help increase the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in Illinois. These investments come through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. "Increasing access to biofuels strengthens Illinois --and our nation-by diversifying our fuel sources, … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.5 Million for Illinois Airports

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $2,563,000 in federal funding to the Illinois Department of Transportation. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investment is funded through President Biden's American Rescue Plan and will provide some economic relief for costs associated with operations, staffing, cleaning, sanitization and combating the spread of COVID-19 at Illinois airports. "Making sure airports across Illinois continue to … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $300 Million for Chicago Airports

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $316,367,687 in federal funding to the City of Chicago for O'Hare International and Midway International airports. These Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investments are funded through President Biden's American Rescue Plan and will provide some economic relief for costs associated with operations, staffing, cleaning, sanitization and combating the spread of COVID-19 at O'Hare and … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin and Bustos Announce Nearly $5 Million for Greater Rockford Airport Authority

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $4,944,122 in federal funding to the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investment is funded through President Biden's American Rescue Plan and will provide some economic relief for costs associated with operations, staffing, cleaning, sanitization and combating the spread of COVID-19 at Chicago Rockford … Continue Reading

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