Press Releases

March 22, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today voted to confirm Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Walsh was confirmed as President Biden's Labor Secretary with a 68-29 vote. He will be the first union member to serve in this role in nearly 50 years. "Our nation is in crisis-millions of hardworking Americans have lost their jobs, while workers and middle-class families have borne the brunt of this pandemic and economic crisis," said … Continue Reading


March 19, 2021

Duckworth Hosts Roundtable to Help Illinois Families with Diaper Needs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted a virtual roundtable with several leaders to discuss her End Diaper Need Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide resources to assist working families in addressing their diaper needs. Duckworth also discussed provisions from the End Diaper Need Act being included in the American Rescue Plan, as well as how government and organizations can work together in making sure families have access to diapering supplies. She was … Continue Reading


March 19, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Municipal League to Discuss American Rescue Plan’s Relief Funding for Local Governments

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual meeting with the Illinois Municipal League (IML) to share updates on local government relief as part of President Biden's recently-enacted American Rescue Plan. Duckworth was joined by IML Preside Brad Cole; IML Board President Ricky Gottman, Mayor of Vandalia; and IML members from across the state to discuss how relief dollars can be spent by municipalities, as well as the need for swift guidance from the Treasury … Continue Reading


March 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $380 Million for Illinois Schools for COVID-19 Testing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $381.6 million in federal funding for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago to support COVID-19 screening testing for teachers, staff, and students to assist schools in re-opening safely for in-person instruction and to support essential worker testing. With funding provided through the American Rescue Plan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $300.5 … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth to DOJ and FBI: Take Immediate Steps to Prevent & Improve Investigations of Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today sent letters to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland urging them to direct their agencies to take immediate action to strengthen federal criminal investigations, law enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal cases against perpetrators of Asian American hate crimes. In her letter to Wray, Duckworth wrote: "Now is the time to mobilize nationwide the full force of Federal law enforcement's … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth Addresses Recent Surge in Discrimination and Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans at House Judiciary Committee Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After six Asian American women were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) served as a witness at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing this morning, discussing the spike in hate crimes and violent acts perpetrated against Asian Americans since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Duckworth testified to the centuries-old, tragic history of this brand of discrimination, arguing … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Becerra as HHS Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Xaiver Becerra as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Becerra was confirmed by a 50-49 vote to serve as HHS Secretary under President Biden. "More than 530,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. It's clear we need a Health and Human Services department that is laser-focused on getting this pandemic under control and quickly administering the vaccine in an equitable way to … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth, Cornyn Re-introduce Bipartisan Bill to Allow Servicemembers Time to Grieve Deceased Children

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX) re-introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow servicemembers time to grieve the death of their newborn babies. The Elaine M. Checketts Military Families Act-named after the deceased daughter of Major Matthew Checketts, an Active Duty Airman based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland-amends current leave policy for servicemembers so their pre-approved parental leave is not terminated in the tragic event of a child's … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Sweeping Bill to Help Bring Environmental Justice to Every American

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced the Environmental Justice for All Act, comprehensive legislation to achieve health equity and climate justice for all, particularly underserved communities and communities of color that have long been disproportionately harmed by environmental injustices and toxic pollutants. This legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-03), Chair of the House … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth Meets with President Biden’s EPA Deputy Administrator Nominee Janet McCabe

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, held a virtual meeting this week with Janet McCabe, President Biden's nominee to be Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During their conversation, they discussed the importance of strengthening protections against lead in drinking water, how achieving environmental justice continues to be a … Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce For the People Act to Strengthen Democracy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined their colleagues in introducing S.1., the For the People Act-a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would end special interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people. The introduction comes as Republican lawmakers in 43 states continue to use unfounded election conspiracies regarding the 2020 presidential election to push to restrict Americans' … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth Calls for Extension of PPP Program and Simplification of Loan Forgiveness Process at SBE Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today highlighted her support for extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) beyond its current deadline of March 31, 2021. Many large nonprofits were just recently made eligible for PPP funding in the American Rescue Plan but may be shut out if the current deadline is not extended. Duckworth also discussed the importance of adhering to Congressional intent for SBA's … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Legislative Priorities with Southern Illinois Leaders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held an annual meeting today with local leaders from Carbondale and Murphysboro to discuss her legislative priorities and how the Federal Government can support their communities. During the virtual meeting, Duckworth and local officials discussed broadband access, homelessness programs, crisis intervention services and air service from southern Illinois to Chicago. They also spoke about major initiatives in the region including the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth Reacts to Intelligence Community Report Revealing Russian Efforts to Undermine President Biden and Confidence in American Elections

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in response to the National Intelligence Council releasing a declassified report on foreign election interference in the 2020 U.S. elections: "This report clearly states that Russia attacked our democracy again in our 2020 election, seeking to sow division and reduce confidence in our electoral process as part of an overall effort to promote Trump's candidacy and hurt Joe Biden's … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Women Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the Protecting Moms Who Served Act, bipartisan legislation that would commission the first-ever comprehensive study on the scope of America's maternal health crisis among women Veterans-with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities on maternal health outcomes-while also supporting maternal care coordination programs at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. There are more than half a … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth Reaction to Atlanta Shooting Spree

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after multiple shootings in Atlanta left at least eight people dead, including six Asian women. "My heart is with the families who lost loved ones last night in Atlanta. While there's still so much we don't know about these tragic shootings, we do know that our Asian American community is understandably-and justifiably-outraged after enduring a year of heinous hate crimes and increased … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth Co-Chairs Hearing on Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects in U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife-which has jurisdiction over the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act-co-led a joint hearing of the full Committee and the Subcommittee on the challenges facing drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. During this hearing, Duckworth discussed the importance of prioritizing water infrastructure as part of … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and colleagues in introducing bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Designate Bronzeville Church that Held Emmett Till’s Funeral as a National Historic Site

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to designate the church that held Chicagoan Emmett Till's pivotal funeral in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood as a national historic site. Till's funeral was held at the neighborhood's Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ after the 14-year-old was brutalized and lynched in Mississippi in 1955. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the decision to hold a public, open-casket wake to make sure the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth Votes To Confirm SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today voted to confirm Isabel Guzman as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Guzman was confirmed with a 81-17 vote. "Isabel Guzman's proven leadership and personal experience as a small business owner will be assets to President Biden's Administration as they work to help our nation's small businesses reach the other side of this … Continue Reading

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