January 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Inauguration Day


WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement following the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America:

"Today is an important day because-no matter what part of this nation we are from or which political party we belong to-we are united as Americans, as citizens of the greatest democracy on earth. Today, as we have for hundreds of years, we saw the peaceful transition of power and once again demonstrated to the world what true democracy really is.

"Whether you agree with our new President's policies or not, this day would not have been possible were it not for the blood spilled by those who have worn our nation's uniform and borne the burden of our nation's battles. Regardless of who takes the oath of office, the peaceful transition of power from one President to the next also honors the sacrifices made by those who have fought to ensure that, as President Lincoln said, a 'government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'

"It is in that spirit, and with recognition for those who've sacrificed greatly for me to be here today, that I am ready to work with the new administration to jumpstart our economy, create good-paying jobs for Illinoisans and make significant investments in our infrastructure. I am also committed to fighting attempts to restrict the civil rights of any American, attempts to roll back policies that help Illinoisans and attempts to pass policies that needlessly put our Veterans, our troops or our national security at risk."