Press Releases

June 29, 2018

Hours After Duckworth, 40 Senators Demand Investigation into Treatment of Children Separated from Parents, HHS IG Launches Inquiry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it would conduct a comprehensive review of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program just hours after U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 38 other Senate Democrats in demanding the Inspector General look into the issue. The request for an investigation follows … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Help Reintroduce Legislation To Increase Transparency in America's Campaign Finance System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and all Senate Democrats in introducing legislation to shine a light on the unlimited, secret spending flooding American elections. The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2018 (DISCLOSE Act) would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors and help guard against hidden foreign interference in … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $12,800 for Public Safety Improvements in Aledo, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $12,800 in federal funding today to help the City of Aledo purchase a new squad car for the Aledo Police Department. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which assists rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities. "Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities such as Aledo to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $110,000 for Rural Development in Southern Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $109,800 in federal funding today to help improve public safety and public services in Central Illinois. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which assists rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities. "Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities in Southern Illinois to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $276,000 for Rural Development in Central Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $276,747 in federal funding today to help improve public safety, housing, water infrastructure and energy efficiency in Central Illinois. The grants come from four programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) office of Rural Development (Community Facilities, Rural Energy for American Program (REAP), Water & Waste Disposal and Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance). "Investments … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth Calls on HHS & DHS to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to develop and implement a plan immediately to reunite families who were forcibly separated under Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. In a letter to Secretary Azar and Secretary Nielsen, Duckworth also demanded they provide information to ensure separated children are being adequately cared … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth Votes for Farm Bill to Support Farmers, Working Illinoisans & Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement applauding the inclusion of several Illinois priorities in the Farm Bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate today with Duckworth's vote. The legislation includes provisions that will ensure farmers receive the assistance they need, support Veteran farmers and urban agriculture efforts, and create historic investments in land and water conservation. "The strength of America's farmers is a reflection of … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing new legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would allow states to continue to decide how they will treat marijuana possession by removing marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, while preserving the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court Decision

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the Supreme Court decision in Janus v AFSCME curtailing workers' rights and limiting the ability of public-sector unions to collectively bargain on behalf of their members, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "As income inequality rises and middle-class wages lag behind, we need to do everything we can to make it easier for working Americans to join a union and negotiate for fair wages and a better workplace. Unfortunately, this … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth, Merkley, Senators Call on Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Trump Administration's Treatment of Migrant Children

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and all of her Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the Trump administration's treatment of children and infants coming across the Southern border. Following Donald Trump's Executive Order last week, new questions were raised about whether the children who have already been separated will be reunited with their families, and how children will be … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Galesburg Tomorrow

[GALESBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Galesburg Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Kewanee Tomorrow

[KEWANEE, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Kewanee Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Austin Tomorrow

[CHICAGO, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the West Chicago Library in the Austin neighborhood, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Libertyville Tomorrow

[LIBERTYVILLE, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Cook Memorial Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Preserve Trump's Discriminatory Travel Ban

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Donald Trump's discriminatory ban that limits travel from certain Muslim-majority countries: "This decision on Donald Trump's ill-conceived and misguided travel ban does not reflect the American ideals that I love and fought to defend. The America that I know is not a nation that slams its doors on children and families fleeing barbarism or terror. We … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Senate Passes Duckworth Amendment to Help Train Veterans for Jobs in Fast-Growing Energy Industries

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan amendment that was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to help prepare Veterans for good paying jobs in the fast-growing solar, wind, nuclear and cyber energy industries. The Senators' amendment to the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which passed the Senate last night, will lay the groundwork for the … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Galesburg Wednesday

[GALESBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" Wednesday at the Galesburg Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Kewanee Wednesday

[KEWANEE, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" Wednesday at the Kewanee Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Duckworth, Booker, Senators Introduce Bill Targeting Family Detention, Inhumane Conditions of Immigration Detention Centers, Flawed Detention Processing System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 8 of her Senate colleagues in introducing a bill to significantly reduce family detention and help improve the harsh and inhumane conditions of immigration detention centers that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to house thousands of immigrants. The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act is a Senate companion to a House bill introduced in October by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Adam Smith … Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Austin Next Week

[CHICAGO, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the West Chicago Library in the Austin neighborhood, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office … Continue Reading

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