August 27, 2017

Duckworth Discusses Economic Development at Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit


[MARION, IL] - Friday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in the Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit where she highlighted the importance of creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity for hardworking families across Illinois through investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and small business development.

"If we want to create new economic opportunities for working families, we are going to need to make it easier for local businesses to get off the ground," said Duckworth. "Small business development is key to the strength of our economy and I'll keep working to cut red tape and open up new sources of capital for small businesses owners in Illinois and across the country."

As a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Duckworth is working to expand economic opportunity and revitalize economies in communities throughout the state. As a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, Duckworth has made improving Illinois's infrastructure a top priority and a key tenet of her economic development plan.

The Senator has been an outspoken critic of President Trump's proposed budget, which would result in a $149 billion cut to infrastructure programs that directly affect the competitiveness of Illinois small businesses, negatively impacting the ability of employers to get their goods to market as well as the ability of consumers to travel to local businesses.