Press Releases

June 13, 2018

Duckworth-Murphy Amendment Would Prevent Trump from Withdrawing U.S. Troops from South Korea

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In light of Donald Trump's comments that he is considering unilaterally withdrawing the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops who are stationed in South Korea, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced an amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that would help prevent the President from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that negatively … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, 30 Senators Sponsor Legislation to End Separation of Immigrant Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 30 of their Senate colleagues in sponsoring legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore: "Maximum pressure is wasted when we settle for minimal results. The Trump Administration's announcement that the United States will suspend joint military exercises with South Korea - which the Commander-in-Chief insultingly described as 'very provocative' - without any concrete promises or plans to achieve … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 for University of Illinois Agricultural Research Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding today for agricultural research projects at the University of Illinois aimed at helping make crop and livestock production more efficient and sustainable. The funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Exploratory Research Grants Program, which invests in projects focused on developing innovative solutions to emerging … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Hirono, 10 Senators Question if Interior Department is Improperly Withholding Federal Grants from Certain Organizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led a group of 12 Senators in expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) may be improperly withholding federal funding from a number of organizations across the country who are expecting federal grants but have not received them. Considering how many organizations have been negatively impacted by this delay, the Senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke questioning whether DOI is … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Upcoming Singapore Summit Between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In advance of next week's scheduled summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Reaching a successful diplomatic solution to the north Korean crisis has long been one of the most difficult and daunting challenges we face as a nation. We know that armed conflict with north Korea would be catastrophic and put the lives of countless civilians and American servicemembers at … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Duckworth, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Modernize Nation’s Aging Water Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced legislation to bring our water infrastructure into the 21st century by investing in critical research to make our water infrastructure systems safer, more reliable and more efficient. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act would re-establish a laboratory within the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote innovative technologies that … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Rush and Duckworth Introduce Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018. This legislation would prohibit unlicensed gun-ownership and transferring or receiving firearms without a valid firearms license, as well as direct the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system. Rush first introduced this legislation in 2007 and subsequently reintroduced it … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth, 38 Senators Call On Trump To End Policy Of Separating Children From Their Parents At The Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 38 of their Democratic colleagues to call on the Trump administration to stop further traumatizing children and end Trump's inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Citing the American Academy of Pediatrics, the senators stressed the short- and long-term damage … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Waukegan Today

[WAUKEGAN, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" today at the Waukegan 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 them … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Mount Vernon Tomorrow

[MOUNT VERNON, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141, 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 Reading


June 06, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Harrisburg Tomorrow

[HARRISBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Harrisburg 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 05, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin and Illinois Congressional Delegation Help Secure $132 Million Federal Grant for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01), Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and Congressman Danny Davis (IL-07) today announced $132 million in federal funding to the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP). This investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will help separate several freight and passenger … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $210,000 for Strategic Economic Planning in Southwestern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $210,000 in federal funding today to help create jobs and encourage economic development throughout Southwestern Illinois. This funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Planning Program, which assists communities as they develop and implement plans to enhance their local economies. "It's important for local community and business leaders to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Harrisburg Next Week

[HARRISBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Harrisburg 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


May 31, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Mount Vernon Next Week

[MOUNT VERNON, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141, 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 Reading


May 29, 2018

Duckworth Requests Trump Administration Explain How Census Citizenship Question Will Comply with Federal Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7) and 30 of their House and Senate Colleagues, are requesting the Trump Administration explain how the last-minute addition of a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census will comply with federal law. Duckworth and her colleagues questioned whether the Administration is complying with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), which requires federal … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly Introduce Resolution Establishing "National Gun Violence Awareness Month"

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) led 14 other Senators and 25 other Representatives to introduce a resolution in the House and Senate establishing the weekend of June 1-3, 2018 as "National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend" and designating June as "National Gun Violence Awareness Month." Every day in America, an average of around 300 men, women, and children are shot, nearly one-third of them fatally. … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Duckworth Introduces Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers at Department of Energy & Nuclear Regulatory Commission

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation today to protect whistleblowers who are employed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Whistleblower Protection Act of 2018 would clarify a provision in the Energy Reorganization Act to ensure all DOE and NRC employees are guaranteed whistleblower protection rights. Currently, DOE and NRC whistleblowers are at risk … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Cancellation of Singapore Summit Between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un

Duckworth Statement on Cancellation of Singapore Summit Between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following President Trump's letter cancelling the scheduled Singapore Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "It's alarming to see Donald Trump so quickly discard diplomacy and revert back to his prior reckless bluster. His administration's erratic behavior, rhetorical missteps and … Continue Reading

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