Press Releases

November 01, 2023

Duckworth Joins Schumer, Colleagues in Letter Demanding FTC Investigate Massive Exxon-Pioneer and Chevron-Hess Proposed Mergers for Anticompetitive Harms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 21 Senate Democrats today in calling on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, urging FTC to investigate two newly-proposed mergers by the two largest oil companies in the United States. In the letter, the Senators also are urging FTC to oppose the mergers proposed by ExxonMobil and Chevron if any anticompetitive harms are discovered. ExxonMobil’s proposed $60 billion acquisition … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Murphy Lead Senate Colleagues in Calling For Fuel to Be Allowed Into Gaza for Hospitals and Water Treatment

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in releasing the following statement: “We condemn Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, for which Israel must hold Hamas accountable.  In the course of that endeavor, every effort must be made to protect innocent civilians.  Right now, hospitals in Gaza are hours away from running out of fuel that powers … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth Reiterates Need for Sustained Humanitarian Aid for Innocents and Hostages in Gaza During Red Cross Meeting

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth—member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee—met with leaders of the International Committee of the Red Cross to discuss the organization’s work to respond to the crises in Israel and Gaza caused by Hamas’s terrorist attacks as well as the urgent need to secure a sustained flow of humanitarian aid for the innocent civilians suffering in Gaza. Duckworth, a longtime and steadfast supporter of Israel’s right to … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Confirmation of US Ambassador to Israel Amid Ongoing Crisis in Middle East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed the Honorable Jack Lew to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel: “We must work as hard as we can to bring about a tomorrow for both Israelis and Palestinians alike where their skies won’t be marred with missiles and their streets won’t be scarred with blood. Amid this ongoing … Continue Reading


October 31, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Budzinski Announce Appointment of EPA Coordinator for Cahokia Heights Flooding and Sewage Crisis

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has appointed a coordinator for Cahokia Heights and the Metro East to support progress on the flooding, sewage and drinking water crisis. In August of 2022, Duckworth and Durbin announced millions of dollars in federal funding through Congressionally Directed Spending and … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Require Insurers to Fully Cover Over-the-Counter Birth Control, With No Out-of-Pocket Costs or Prescription Barrier

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with 42 of their Senate colleagues, in sending a letter urging the Biden Administration to require federally and state-regulated health insurance plans to fully cover over-the-counter contraceptives, including Opill—the … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, Kelly Highlight Need for More Action to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes at M.O.M.S Tour

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) joined U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Carole Johnson this weekend for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ M.O.M.S (Maternal Outcomes Matter Showers) Tour, highlighting their work on this important issue and the need to do more to address our country’s ongoing maternal mortality crisis. This national tour aims to improve maternal health … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

Duckworth, FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel, Lieutenant Governor Stratton: We Must Help Keep Incarcerated Americans Connected with Their Families

[CHICAGO, IL] - Friday, at the Women’s Justice Institute in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a community roundtable and listening session with Illinois women directly impacted by our nation’s criminal justice system and discussed how her bipartisan Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act helps working families keep in touch with incarcerated loved ones, secure phone justice and help reduce recidivism. Duckworth was joined by Federal … Continue Reading


October 30, 2023

With Application Deadline This Week, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications for U.S. Military Service Academies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2028 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close in two days, on Wednesday, November 1st. Duckworth’s office has been accepting applications from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to one of the four Military Service Academies through her website since March. Each year Duckworth, with the assistance of a nomination … Continue Reading


October 28, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Tentative UAW, Stellantis Agreement and Future of Belvidere Assembly Plant

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement a regarding the tentative deal reached between United Auto Workers and Stellantis: “Today’s tentative agreement announcement is not only great for Stellantis workers across the country — a historic deal to help to bolster UAW members and their families — but it’s especially impactful for Belvidere. This tentative agreement shows the power of companies and labor coming together to empower workers and … Continue Reading


October 27, 2023

Duckworth Underscores Importance of Rebuilding a Fully-Accessible Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This week, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—discussed how our nation can do more to support the people of Ukraine, including the at least 20,000 amputees who lost their limbs and are suffering from psychological trauma as a result of Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine, and highlighted the need for rebuilding efforts in that nation to focus on … Continue Reading


October 27, 2023

Duckworth Hosts Community Roundtable with Chicagoland Latine Leaders

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable discussion on how to better support migrant families and asylum seekers as well as several other priorities with several Latine community leaders, City of Chicago Deputy Mayor for Immigration and Refugee Rights Beatriz Ponce De Leon, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee Chair and 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vazquez and Illinois Department of Human Services Associate Secretary Kirstin Chernawsky. The leaders who participated … Continue Reading


October 26, 2023

Duckworth, Pressley Renew Push to Ensure Paid Leave Benefits for Families Experiencing Pregnancy Loss, Invest in Research to Improve Care

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) are making a renewed push to raise awareness about pregnancy loss—which too often goes underreported, with hopeful parents left to grieve in silence—and establish new paid leave benefits for workers across the nation who are experiencing painful, traumatic challenges while seeking to start or grow their family. The bicameral Support Through Loss … Continue Reading


October 25, 2023

Duckworth Touts Support for Workforce Development with Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry members, including President Jen Howard, Executive Vice President Mike Paone, as well as City of Joliet Mayor Terry D’Arcy and local business leaders to underscore her commitment to helping create good-paying local jobs and support entrepreneurs. The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce works to support businesses and professional development throughout the southwest Chicagoland … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth Receives Everett C. Parker Award for Leadership in Passing the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emphasized the importance of ensuring every American’s access to telecommunications, arguing that defending telecoms rights is inextricably interwoven with the fight to protect many of the other rights we hold dear, while speaking at the 41st Annual Everett C. Parker Lecture & Awards Ceremony. At the event, which honors the legacy of a civil rights pioneer who tirelessly advocated for the public’s rights in broadcasting, … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth Joins Bennet, Hirono, Shaheen and Colleagues to Call for Expanded Access to Over-The-Counter Contraceptives for Servicemembers and Their Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), alongside U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), led 30 Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure over-the-counter birth control is available for servicemembers and their families on military bases, without a copay and without a prescription. In July, the Food and Drug Administration approved Opill as the first … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth, Panetta Lead Call for Expanding DoD Basic Needs Allowance Program in FY24 NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-19), member of the House Committee on Armed Services, are leading 18 of their colleagues in a bipartisan, bicameral call to the leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, urging them to retain the House language in the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expanding servicemember … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $176 Million to Help Illinois Families Save on Home Energy Bills

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $176,702,627 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Illinoisans pay the rising cost of home heating bills this winter. This announcement includes funding appropriated for Fiscal Year 2024 from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Duckworth and … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Rail Accessibility and Improvements with Metra Leadership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Metra leadership to discuss ongoing rail improvements throughout the Chicagoland area, including the need for expanding Metra’s service to O’Hare International Airport. Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, met with Metra CEO Jim Derwinski and Metra Deputy Executive Director Janice Thomas to receive updates on Metra’s ongoing and proposed improvements throughout the … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Confirmation of FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of its Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to confirm Michael Whitaker as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Whitaker’s confirmation comes amid a chilling surge in near-deadly misses involving commercial airlines that likely … Continue Reading

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