Press Releases

August 07, 2019

In City Club Address, Duckworth Lays Out Vision for How to Achieve True American Strength

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered a keynote address to the City Club of Chicago today, detailing her vision for how we can achieve true, enduring American strength. Duckworth discussed both the dire need to invest in America's infrastructure and put forth a new national security platform, arguing that America's dominance on the world stage is contingent on reframing how we think about military strength-rejecting the false choice between investing … Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Host Roundtable on Increasing Small Business Access to Capital in Chatham

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable about the needs of minority-owned small businesses and her efforts to increase small business access to capital with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today at the Chatham Business Association. The Senators were joined by Chicago Aldermen David Moore and Michelle A. Harris, Chatham Business Association President Melinda Kelly, Southeast Chicago Chamber Executive Director Frankye Payne and local business leaders to discuss … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Senate Approval of Bipartisan Budget Agreement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the Senate's passage of a bipartisan compromise that ends sequestration and eliminates the risk of a catastrophic unilateral default, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Today's bipartisan compromise ends the threat of devastating across-the-board sequester cuts to critical programs, provides billions in additional funds to carry out the 2020 census and prevents the economic catastrophe that would come from defaulting on our … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Duckworth Secures Important Illinois Priorities in Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions that will help Illinois in the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 that passed the EPW Committee today. This critical legislation includes important provisions to improve safety, rebuild aging roads and bridges, reduce congestion, spur innovation and address climate change. The bill also provides a … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Duckworth & Cohen Re-Introduce Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety Ahead of Students Going Back to School

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As students across Illinois prepare to return to school for the beginning of the new school year, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representative Steve Cohen (TN-09) re-introduced the School Bus Safety Act to help keep students safe as they travel to and from school while also helping prevent accidents involving school buses. Their legislation would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to make school buses safer by ensuring … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Help Reintroduce Butch Lewis Act to Protect Worker Pensions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) this week in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate. Named for the late Ohio Teamster, the Butch Lewis Act would address the multi-employer pension crisis threatening the retirement of more than 1.3 million workers and retirees nationwide as well as putting small businesses across the … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

On the Eve of ADA Anniversary, Duckworth Leads Colleagues in Re-Introducing Legislation to Strengthen the Landmark Civil Rights Law & Help More Small Businesses Become Accessible

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation today with the Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to make it easier for small businesses to become accessible for people with disabilities and help those businesses comply with the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Duckworth's … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Rush and Duckworth Re-Introduce Bill to Take On Firearm Violence Epidemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) re-introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act today to help reduce firearm violence in Illinois and across the country. This legislation would prohibit unlicensed firearm-ownership and the transfer of firearms without a valid firearms license, as well as direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system and conduct … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Duckworth Discusses Agricultural Priorities with Illinois Soybean Growers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members of Illinois Soybean Growers to discuss Illinois priorities and agriculture policies, as well as the impact on farmers from unseasonably heavy rainfall this spring. Photos from the meeting are available here. "The strength of America's farmers is a reflection of our strength as a nation," Duckworth said. "I enjoyed meeting with the Illinois Soybean Growers today to hear their concerns and discuss how I can be … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Duckworth Votes Against FAA Nominee Stephen Dickson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting against Stephen Dickson's nomination to be the next Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Given the crisis in confidence facing federal regulators that oversee the U.S. aviation industry in the wake of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX series aircraft, the next leader of the FAA will have to regain the public's trust and demonstrate their commitment to placing the … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Re-Introduce Legislation to Improve Water Quality & End Sewage Dumping into Great Lakes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) re-introduced legislation to end the dumping of untreated sewage waste into Lake Michigan and the entire Great Lakes Basin and help improve water quality throughout the Great Lakes region. The Senators' Great Lakes Water Protection Act would create a dedicated fund to help clean up sewage in the Great Lakes and require the public be immediately notified when sewage is discharged. U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Duckworth Statement After Voting to Permanently Reauthorize the 9/11 VCF

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement following the Senate's overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF): "When our nation was attacked on 9/11, thousands of brave first responders ran into danger to save their fellow Americans even as everyone else was running away. With so many of these heroes experiencing health complications stemming from their heroic actions that terrible day, it is … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Help Communities Like Cairo Affected by Public Housing Fraud and Abuse

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation yesterday redirecting federal resources to public housing residents and communities that have been the victims of fraud, like in Cairo, Illinois. The new Fairness for Housing Communities Act would direct certain public housing-related funds collected under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA) into a Fraud Compensation Fund at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

GAO to Evaluate Effectiveness of “Move Over” Laws to Protect First Responders Following Push from Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer & Bustos

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to a request from U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced they will conduct a new study to review the effectiveness of our country's "Move Over" laws, which are designed to protect first responders who are doing their duty and may be stopped alongside busy roads. The letter, sent earlier this month, asked GAO to evaluate … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Alton and Hardin Mayors on Impacts of Extreme Flooding

[ALTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Alton Mayor Brant Walker and Hardin Mayor Dave Hurley to discuss recent extreme flooding that's caused extensive damage and economic losses in the area, as well as recovery efforts across the region. Photos from today's meeting are available here. "As Americans, it's our responsibility to support one another in times of need, especially when our communities are devastated by disasters and severe weather," said Duckworth. … Continue Reading

July 19, 2019

Duckworth Highlights Environmental Justice Issues at First-Ever Climate Crisis Committee Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in the Senate’s first-ever hearing of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis this week, where she brought attention to environmental justice issues and spoke with mayors from around the country about what major cities are doing to address climate change. In March, Duckworth helped found the Special Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). A video of Senator Duckworth at the hearing is available … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Senators Duckworth and Durbin Demand CEO of Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries Disclose Information on Failed Effort to Fire Employees with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) blasted Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries President and CEO Sharon Durbin's (no relation) recent offensive comments that sought to pit the well-being of Americans with disabilities against the interests of other hardworking hourly wage workers. In a letter to the Land of Lincoln Goodwill President and CEO, the Senators noted that the initial decision to terminate, or threaten to terminate, Land of Lincoln … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Duckworth Hosts Mobile Office Hours in Champaign and Clinton

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted mobile office hours in Champaign and Clinton, Illinois, where her constituent service representatives were on hand to assist Illinoisans with receiving Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits. Additional Mobile Office Hours will take place in communities throughout the state over the coming months to offer constituents who may not be able to travel to one of the Senator's offices … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Champaign and Clinton Tomorrow

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] – The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host two mobile office hours Thursday, July 18, where her constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits to which they may be entitled. Tomorrow’s mobile office hours will be held at the Champaign Public Library and the Clinton Vespasian Warner Public Library, with additional mobile office hours … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Defense Secretary Nominee Mark Esper Agrees with Tammy Duckworth: Existing AUMFs Do Not Give Donald Trump Authority to Start War with Iran

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Under questioning from combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Secretary of Defense Nominee Mark Esper agreed with Senator Duckworth that the existing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) do not give the Trump Administration the legal authority to start a war with Iran. With the Trump Administration recklessly escalating tensions with Iran, Duckworth repeatedly and vocally reiterated in recent … Continue Reading

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