September 22, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Farm Bureau to Discuss Legislative Priorities


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday joined leaders from the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) for a virtual meeting to discuss her upcoming legislative priorities as well as federal support to America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Duckworth was joined by several members of the Illinois Farm Bureau including Director of National Legislation Adam Nielsen.

“America has always depended on our nation’s farmers and ranchers to grow the food and fuel we need, but that reliance is more pronounced in times of crisis,” Duckworth said. “The work of Illinois’s farmers is so important to the strength of our state and our nation, and I am so grateful for their fortitude during these trying times. I look forward to continuing to work with the Illinois Farm Bureau and farmers across the state to make sure they have the resources and information they need.”

Earlier this month, Duckworth and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined seven of their Congressional colleagues 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 in the upcoming reconciliation package. In June, Duckworth and Durbin joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 13 bicameral colleagues to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Economic Council (NEC) to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for oil refiners. In May, Duckworth joined U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) in introducing the bipartisan RFS Integrity Act of 2021. This legislation would provide more certainty for rural America by bringing transparency and predictability to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) small refinery exemption process.