Press Releases

May 18, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Postal Service Leadership with President Biden’s Selections for Postal Board of Governors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with President Biden's three selections for vacancies on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors-Ronald Stroman, Anton Hajjar and Amber McReynolds-to discuss restoring USPS service standards and rebuilding public trust in a critical federal agency that is enshrined in the Constitution. McReynolds is originally from Kewanee, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth Joins Rosen and Ernst in Introducing Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand Child Care Availability

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) in introducing the Small Business Child Care Investment Act. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation would make non-profit child care providers that are small businesses eligible to participate in all loan programs available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) - the same opportunity currently provided to for-profit providers - to help increase the availability … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth, Brown and Casey Introduce Legislation to Make Public Transit More Accessible

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chair Bob Casey (D-PA), today introduced legislation to help make public transportation systems more accessible to passengers with disabilities. The All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021 would establish a federal grant program to support legacy transit and commuter rail authorities … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $200,000 for Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

[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 $202,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to help the region develop a COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. As the region works to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, this investment will help the Chamber secure economic growth opportunities and … Continue Reading


May 16, 2021

Duckworth Joins Ossoff, 27 Senators In Urging Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and a group of 27 Senators in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence. Duckworth and Ossoff are joined by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Will County and Waukegan Officials, Highlights Local Wins in American Rescue Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held virtual meetings with newly-elected Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor and several Will County officials to discuss transportation, infrastructure, housing and efforts to strengthen their local economies. These meetings come after Duckworth helped secure more than $19 million in federal funding to Waukegan and more than $134 million in federal funding to Will County as a result of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, a critical relief plan … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Restaurant Recovery with Illinois Restaurant Association Members

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with members from the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) to discuss how restaurants across Illinois are recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19. As part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, Duckworth helped secure more than $28 billion in relief for the restaurant industry through a newly-created restaurant revitalization fund program at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Duckworth was … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Will County and Waukegan Officials, Highlights Local Wins in American Rescue Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held virtual meetings with newly-elected Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor and several Will County officials to discuss transportation, infrastructure, housing and efforts to strengthen their local economies. These meetings come after Duckworth helped secure more than $19 million in federal funding to Waukegan and more than $134 million in federal funding to Will County as a result of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, a critical relief plan … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth Helps Luján Secure Bipartisan Amendment to Invest $17 Billion in National Laboratories and DOE Facilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) helped U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) lead the passage of an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act in the executive session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology (CST) to invest $17 billion in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and User Facilities. The amendment will help support the entire U.S. innovation system to strengthen America's global competitiveness, which includes Fermilab and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Gyms and Fitness Centers Struggling Due to COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) today introduced the bipartisan Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMs) Act to provide much-needed assistance for gyms, fitness facilities and studios that shuttered operations to protect public health during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, but as a consequence, have struggled to stay in business. The bipartisan GYMS Act would … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth Helps Brown, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Hospital-Based Nursing Schools from Potential Funding Clawbacks during Global Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in introducing new bipartisan legislation during National Nurses Week to make a technical correction to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program that supports the training of nurses and other allied health professionals at hospital-based nursing schools across the country. Due to a technical glitch in how … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth Secures Commitment from Wormuth to Prioritize Addressing the Rise of Extremism in the Ranks, Army’s SHARP Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, secured commitments from the Honorable Christine Wormuth, President Biden's nominee to be Secretary of the Amy, to address extremism in the military and improve the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program during her confirmation hearing today. Video of the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley & Rubio Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Map Urban Flooding & Help FEMA Better Assess Risks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Flood Mapping Modernization and Homeowner Empowerment Pilot Program Act of 2021. The bill would enhance the mapping of urban flooding to prevent associated damage and help give cities and towns the tools they need to address flooding on the a local level. "Every year, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Letter in Support of National Labs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and 15 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting the Endless Frontier Act be modified to recognize the leading role the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Laboratories play in shaping American … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Ongoing Violence in Israel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, released the following statement in the midst of ongoing and escalating violence in Israel: "I fully support Israel's right to self-defense, condemn the attacks from Hamas terrorists and am sickened by the ongoing, escalating violence in Israel-as well as the Palestinian territories-that … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Duckworth, Speier Introduce Legislation to Support Military Families by Enhancing Military Childcare Services and Expanding Parental Leave for Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) today introduced a package of bills that would help strengthen military readiness and better support military families by tackling the military childcare crisis and expanding parental leave for servicemembers. The Servicemember Parental Leave … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Nominee to be Secretary of the Army

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, released the following statement after meeting virtually with the Honorable Christine Wormuth, President Biden's nominee to be Secretary of the Amy: "Christine Wormuth is a uniquely qualified nominee with extensive defense policy experience that will position her well to take on the role … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

At Virtual Town Hall, Duckworth Answers Questions from Midwest Health and Home Care Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in a virtual town hall today with healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers from Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK). Duckworth heard about the SEIU's efforts on COVID-19 vaccine education and access to vaccination appointments for its members and she answered questions about federal economic recovery efforts through President Biden's American … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Black Women in Infrastructure to Discuss Infrastructure Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members of Black Women in Infrastructure (BWI) to discuss infrastructure priorities and how to help ensure projects and investments are equitable. Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, also discussed BWI's priorities for President Biden's American Jobs Plan. "To truly 'Build Back Better,' we must do more to … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Kelly introduce Bills to Increase Youth Employment Opportunities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) ,U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) introduced two bills to expand and increase access to employment opportunities for underserved youth. The Helping to Encourage Real Opportunity (HERO) for Youth Act and the Creating Pathways for Youth Employment Act will increase federal resources for communities seeking to create or grow employment programs and provide tax incentives to businesses … Continue Reading

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