Press Releases

January 21, 2019

On Martin Luther King Day, Duckworth Honored with the City of Cairo’s Service Award for Her Efforts to Help the Southern Illinois Community

[CAIRO, IL] - The City of Cairo, Illinois, honored U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) with their Service Award today during the 25th Annual Alexander/Pulaski County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The award recognizes Senator Duckworth's continuing efforts to help the Cairo community, protect Alexander County Housing Authority residents, bring accountability to wrongdoers and grow the region's economy. "I'm proud to receive this award from community leaders in Cairo," Duckworth said. … Continue Reading


January 21, 2019

Duckworth Commemorates Martin Luther King Day in Rockford

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Pastor Joseph Dixon and hundreds of community members today at the Rockford Ministers Fellowship Community Celebration. During the celebration, Duckworth spoke in honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and highlighted the importance of following King's calls for service and compassion in working toward justice. Photos from the event are available … Continue Reading


January 21, 2019

Duckworth Honors Dr. King’s Legacy of Service by Volunteering at Rockford Rescue Mission

[ROCKFORD, IL] - In keeping with the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) volunteered to serve lunches at the Rockford Rescue Mission today. The Senator, who has made community service a hallmark of her public life and has consistently volunteered to improve her community, spent time serving meals during the mission's lunch service. Duckworth also hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders in Rockford who worked to become the first city in the … Continue Reading


January 19, 2019

Duckworth Reaction to Donald Trump’s Shutdown Address

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement reacting to Donald Trump's address today on the shutdown he forced and is perpetuating: "The Senate already voted unanimously to prevent the needless Trump Shutdown without wasting billions on the most expensive and least effective way to secure our border: Trump's wall. The House has now passed bipartisan bills written by Senate Republicans to end the shutdown too, but Mitch McConnell is blocking Senate votes … Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Duckworth, Carper and Durbin Request Immediate Investigation into Allegations of Misconduct at EPA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to immediately launch an independent investigation into a serious allegation that the Trump EPA is failing to protect the American public from cancer-causing emissions of Ethylene Oxide (EtO). Duckworth's staff received information this week alleging that EPA senior political appointees instructed career … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Senate Vote on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting against S. 109, which would restrict the ability of women to afford legal and constitutionally-protected abortions and expand the Hyde Amendment, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "It's ridiculous that instead of allowing the Senate to vote to re-open the government and end this irresponsible and unnecessary government shutdown, Republican leadership is choosing to waste the Senate's time on a bill that has no chance of … Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Duckworth Presses EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler over EPA’s Efforts to Prevent Ethylene Oxide Emissions Testing & Undermine Renewable Fuel Standard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler during his Senate confirmation hearing over the EPA's failure to protect vulnerable communities from cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions. Duckworth has been a strong advocate for residents in Illinois communities with facilities like Sterigenics and Medline that produce ethylene oxide emissions and has repeatedly asked the EPA to update its … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Duckworth Meets with EPA Director Nominee Andrew Wheeler Ahead of Senate Confirmation Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Andrew Wheeler, the nominee to be the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to discuss how critical it is for the EPA to update its safety standards to protect communities in Illinois from cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions. Duckworth also pressed Wheeler on the importance of protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard from efforts within the Trump Administration to undermine it and she asked him to … Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Duckworth Presses Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Employees & Contractors Receive Back Pay For Wages Lost During Government Shutdown

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined 33 other Senators in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to direct federal agencies to ensure federal contractors receive back pay for the wages they are losing during the partial government shutdown. After past shutdowns, federal employees have received back pay to make up for lost wages and Congress just overwhelmingly passed legislation to ensure that will happen after this shutdown ends. However, low-and … Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Trump Threat to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of a possible announcement by President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and re-allocate billions of dollars for a border wall that he promised Mexico would pay for, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Donald Trump has already wasted more than $130 million taxpayer dollars on an inappropriate deployment of U.S. troops to the border that forced thousands of military families to spend the holidays … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Introducing Assault Weapons Ban

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 24 of their colleagues today in introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, updated legislation to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. "As mass shootings become more frequent and more deadly, Congress cannot simply hold another … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Duckworth Discusses Air Force Priorities with Secretary Wilson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson today to discuss Air Force execution of the National Defense Strategy and initiatives to strengthen training and development of new capabilities. As a combat Veteran who served as a logistics officer and Army helicopter pilot in the Reserve Forces, Duckworth emphasized the importance of focusing on enhancing investments in … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Duckworth & Durbin Re-Introduce Bill to Expand Lincoln National Heritage Area, Create Economic Opportunity in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today re-introduced legislation to honor the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, by expanding the Lincoln National Heritage Area in Central Illinois to include Livingston County, the city of Jonesboro in Union County and the city of Freeport in Stephenson County. The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act would expand economic opportunities for Illinoisans working to … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin(D-IL) today joined 38 other Senators in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive background checks. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun owners in the United … Continue Reading


January 07, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Aviation Commissioner Rhee at O’Hare

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee today to discuss modernization plans at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport and upgrades to the ORD Multi Modal Facility, the recent passage of her legislation to make air travel easier for people with disabilities and nursing mothers and her TIFIA for Airports Act, which would increase infrastructure investments for airports like O'Hare. Duckworth and Rhee also … Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Bipartisan Duckworth-Kennedy-Durbin Legislation to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Succeed Now Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to help Veteran entrepreneurs grow their small businesses, create jobs and expand economic opportunity is now law after being signed by the President. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, legislation that overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House in December, would allow Veteran small business owners to acquire equipment and personal property … Continue Reading


December 29, 2018

Duckworth: Trump’s Rollback of Clean Air Rules Will Harm Children’s Health

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Duckworth serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. "The Trump Administration is choosing to continue its attack on the public health of our children and our communities. The evidence is clear: mercury is a toxin that causes learning disabilities, loss of IQ, asthma attacks, heart … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Houses Passes Bipartisan Duckworth-Kennedy-Durbin Legislation to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Succeed

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation today that was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to help Veteran entrepreneurs grow their small businesses, create jobs and expand economy opportunity. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, which unanimously passed the Senate two weeks ago, would allow Veteran small business owners to acquire equipment and personal property that … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Duckworth Pens Op-Ed For the Washington Post: I’m a Combat Veteran. We Cannot Allow Our Country to Be Turned into a War Zone

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Reflecting on the recent anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote an op-ed for today's Washington Post about how her experiences as someone who comes from a long line of combat Veterans have shaped her perspective on our nation's gun violence epidemic. Duckworth discusses how senseless it is that semi-automatics similar to those that U.S. servicemembers carry around Fallujah are still casually sold to teenagers … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Duckworth & Durbin Join Senate Democrats in Urging Trump Administration to Reverse Course & Defend Affordable Care Act in Court

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 46 of their colleagues today in urging the Trump Administration and the Department of Justice to immediately request a stay of a Judge's recent decision in Texas v. United States to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. If that decision stands, tens of millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, healthcare costs will rise, and health insurers will once again be allowed … Continue Reading

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