Press Releases

June 21, 2024

Key Duckworth Provisions in New National Defense Bill to Support Illinois Servicemembers and Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), secured several important provisions to support and benefit Illinois in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the committee passed late last week and is now expected to be considered by the full U.S. Senate. Some of Duckworth’s Illinois priorities included in the … Continue Reading


June 20, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Hirono, Murray, Whitehouse, Pocan, Scott to Introduce Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), as well as U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03), to introduce the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act of 2024, bicameral legislation that would nearly double the Pell Grant maximum award, index the maximum award for inflation and make other changes … Continue Reading


June 18, 2024

Duckworth Underscores Need to Protect Reproductive Rights Amid Republican Attacks

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - Today, U.S. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called out Republicans’ hypocrisy and cruelty as millions of Americans continue to be rightfully worried about access to reproductive health care, including IVF which so many Americans rely on to start or grow their families. Duckworth’s remarks were made at a press conference ahead of the 2nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, where she was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Letter Urging EPA to Strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and a bipartisan group of 14 colleagues in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging EPA to raise Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels to levels that are consistent with … Continue Reading


June 17, 2024

Duckworth-Led Provision to Improve Access to High-Quality Medical Care for Servicemembers and Military Families Included in Committee-Passed NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)—secured an important provision in the SASC-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at improving medical readiness within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and ensuring our nation’s servicemembers as well as their families have access to quality patient care throughout … Continue Reading


June 15, 2024

Duckworth Meets with St. Louis Lambert International Airport Director to Discuss Federal Support

[ST. LOUIS, MO] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, today met with St. Louis Lambert International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge to discuss federal support for the airport and proposed expansion and improvement plans. Duckworth has been supportive of Lambert’s expansion, joining U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt (R-MO) in pushing … Continue Reading


June 15, 2024

In Alton, Duckworth Commemorates Juneteenth

[ALTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today provided the keynote remarks at Alton’s 33rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration, which is one of the longest-running Juneteenth celebrations in the state. Duckworth joined Alton Mayor David Goins, Alton Alderwoman Rosie Brown Alton Juneteenth Co-Commissioner Lee Barham and hundreds of community members to celebrate. Photos from today’s event are available on the Senator’s website. Key Quotes: “I’m grateful to be here to celebrate. Because … Continue Reading


June 15, 2024

Duckworth Holds Community Conversation on Environmental Justice with United Congregations of the Metro East

[EAST ST. LOUIS, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, today joined the United Congregations of the Metro East and community members for a discussion about her continued efforts to help bring environmental justice to the Metro East. Duckworth has been a leader in bringing national attention to and providing oversight of the ongoing flooding and sewage issues in Cahokia Heights and East St. Louis, as well as … Continue Reading


June 14, 2024

Duckworth Secures Key Priorities, Military IVF Expansion in Committee-Passed NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), secured several important provisions in the committee-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will support our servicemembers, improve medical readiness as well as enhance strategic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, improve logistics to bolster readiness and continue to … Continue Reading


June 14, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $14 Million in Grant Funding for Head Start Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois Head Start programs will receive $14,026,810 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant funding.  The federal funding will support Head Start’s mission to offer services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. “Head Start and Early Head Start programs are crucial for kids … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Duckworth Statement on FDIC Chair Nominee Christy Goldsmith Romero

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s nomination of Christy Goldsmith Romero to be Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): “I welcome today’s announcement—Christy Goldsmith Romero has led an impressive, decades-long career as a financial regulator in the federal government and has twice been unanimously confirmed by the Senate for leadership roles. Her track record … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Duckworth to GOP after IVF Vote: I Wish You Luck Trying to Excuse Your Vote to Your Constituents

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After nearly every single Republican voted against her Right to IVF Act despite publicly claiming to support IVF, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered impassioned remarks calling out Republicans’ hypocrisy and cruelty as millions of Americans continue to be rightfully worried about accessing the IVF treatment and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) that they rely on to build their family. By blocking her pro-family, pro-freedom Right to IVF Act that would … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

On the Senate Floor, Duckworth Calls out Republican Hypocrisy and Urges Passage of Her Right to IVF Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), spoke on the Senate floor to underscore the importance of passing her pro-family, pro-freedom Right to IVF Act to protect and strengthen IVF for all Americans. During her remarks, Duckworth shared her own experience with IVF to grow her family while calling out Republicans’ continued failure to support IVF despite claiming they do. Video of the Senator’s remarks is available on YouTube. Key Quotes: “Look, I was actually … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Duckworth, Murray, Booker Call Out Republican Hypocrisy After Senate GOP Block Their Bill to Protect IVF and Lower Costs for Families, Despite Republicans Saying They Support IVF

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) called out Senate Republicans’ hypocrisy after nearly every single Republican blocked the Senate Democrats’ Right to IVF Act, despite them publicly claiming to support IVF for the millions of Americans who rely on it to build their family. A little more than 10 days away from the second-anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Dobbs decision that put IVF at risk, Senate Democrats … Continue Reading


June 13, 2024

Duckworth, Shaheen Introduce First Senate Resolution to Mark 30th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Reaffirming Goals of Achieving Reproductive Health for Women and Girls Across the Globe

[Washington, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—the only women on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee—today introduced a resolution recognizing 30 years since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)—organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—in Cairo, Egypt, and reaffirming the importance of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for women and girls across the globe. This effort marks the first … Continue Reading


June 12, 2024

Duckworth, Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Help Pass Legislative Package to Establish a Nationwide Right to IVF and Lower IVF Costs for Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of the Senate vote on their Right to IVF Act, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined IVF patients, providers and advocates in coordination with RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to underscore the importance of passing their pro-family, pro-freedom legislation to protect and strengthen IVF for all Americans as Republicans continue their anti-choice, anti-science crusade. In their remarks, … Continue Reading


June 12, 2024

FACT SHEET: Duckworth and Murray Outline How Republican Attacks on IVF are Serious, Real and on the Rise Across America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following fact sheet to outline the very real and growing threat Republican lawmakers in Congress and across the country are posing to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) services. Duckworth and Murray have both raised the alarm forcefully against Republican threats to IVF and other reproductive health care, particularly since the Dobbs decision. “In … Continue Reading


June 10, 2024

Ahead of Department of Interior Community Meeting, Duckworth Reiterates Support for Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument Site

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In advance of this evening’s U.S. Department of the Interior community meeting in Springfield, Duckworth—author of the Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument Act—reiterated her longtime support and work in designating the sites of the 1908 Race Riot as a national monument. Tonight’s community meeting is an opportunity for the Biden Administration to hear directly about the community’s vision to commemorate the Springfield Race Riot of 1908 and the role it played in … Continue Reading


June 10, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Water Infrastructure with Chicagoland Mayors

[DES PLAINES, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members and leadership of the Illinois Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to discuss current issues and challenges facing their local municipalities as well as ongoing projects in the region to replace lead service lines. Photos of the meeting can be found on Senator Duckworth’s website. “As we work to rid our state and nation of dangerous lead service lines, it’s essential to hear how these projects are directly impacting the … Continue Reading


June 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Dr. Hamawy, Convenes Senate Roundtable to Discuss Conditions in Gaza

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday met with Dr. Adam Hamawy, one of 19 doctors and members of the Palestinian American Medical Association (PAMA) who recently returned home after being trapped in Gaza where they were providing humanitarian medical assistance. Duckworth also hosted a briefing with several of her Senate colleagues with Dr. Hamawy to hear directly about his experience and the experience of doctors on the ground providing humanitarian and medical … Continue Reading

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