Press Releases

April 21, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Opening of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Midwest Defense Innovation Hub in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, attended the grand opening for the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit's (DIU) Chicago office-the Midwest Defense Innovation Hub. The new Hub, which is the first in the region, will work across Illinois and throughout 11 other Midwestern states to assist the DoD in strengthening national security by connecting the DoD with … Continue Reading


April 21, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Support for New Community Service Building to Help Over 165,000 Western Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced federal support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency to help increase community services throughout western Illinois. With this announcement, the Council will purchase and renovate a new space to continue and expand community service offerings, such as low-income home energy assistance, counseling and prevention … Continue Reading


April 19, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Biden Administration’s Announcement of NEPA Phase 1 Regulation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, issued the following statement after White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase 1 regulation: "Today's announcement from the Biden administration is an important development that will help restore the integrity of NEPA in a fair and balanced way, while increasing efficiencies across agencies and … Continue Reading


April 13, 2022

Duckworth, Young, Kildee Re-Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Families from Lead in Federally Assisted Housing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI-05) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to protect families living in assisted housing from lead found in drinking water. The Get the Lead out of Assisted Housing Act would help protect families from lead exposure by requiring the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban … Continue Reading


April 12, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration Decision to Sell E15 Gasoline During Summer Driving Season, Helping Cut Cost of Gas for Working Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's announcement that the U.S. will temporarily allow the sale of E15 gasoline during the driving season this summer to help lower costs for working Americans while providing a cleaner, more affordable option at the pump: "I'm glad President Biden heeded our call to help lower prices at the pump for working families by allowing for the sale of E15 fuel during the … Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Duckworth, Cassidy, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Research on the Impact on Cognitive Processes Due to COVID–19 Infection

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and support research surrounding the neurological impacts of COVID-19. The Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cognitive Research Act would authorize the National Science Foundation to award grants on a competitive basis to support interdisciplinary research on the disruption of cognitive processes associated with both short-term and long-term … Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Duckworth Joins Shaheen in Leading Bipartisan Resolution to Support Ukrainian Women on the Frontlines of the Humanitarian Crisis & War Efforts against Russia

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in leading a bipartisan group of women Senators in a resolution to recognize women's roles in all aspects of the defense of Ukraine and the preservation of Ukraine's freedom. The resolution recognizes that women are often the targets of deliberate violence during conflicts, which is evident … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Duckworth, Colleagues Unveil Legislation to Expand Access to Treatment for Those Struggling with Long COVID

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) as well as U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), introduced the Targeting Resources for Equitable Access to Treatment for Long COVID (TREAT Long COVID) Act to increase access to medical care and treatment for communities and individuals struggling with long COVID. This first-of-its-kind legislation would … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Infusion to Create Jobs, Improve Illinois’s Transit Systems

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced how Illinois communities of all sizes will benefit from transit support through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will enable transit agencies across the state to create good-paying local jobs, modernize and expand services in Illinois by purchasing new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs and transition to new technologies to address the climate crisis. This announcement is a result of … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court. Late last month, Duckworth met with Judge Jackson and photos from that meeting are available here and b-roll footage is available here. "Judge Jackson made history today as one of the most qualified and impressive individuals ever confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Her extensive background and wealth of experience, … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

EPA Administrator: Duckworth-sponsored Bill Would Help Bring Down Gas Prices for Working Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] - At today's U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing examining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) FY2023 budget request, EPA Administrator Michael Regan confirmed that legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to make E15 fuels available year-round would help bring down gas prices at the pump for working families. Video of Duckworth and Regan's conversation at today's hearing is available here. "I do believe E15 can … Continue Reading


April 05, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud HHS for Prioritizing Early Childhood Education in Metro East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced an infusion of support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be awarded to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. "Head Start and Early Head Start programs are critical for kids throughout Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom," … Continue Reading


April 05, 2022

Duckworth Leads Hearing on Her Bipartisan Law’s Impact on Removing Lead From Drinking Water, Improving Wastewater Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, today led a hearing on the implementation of her Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA), highlighting the critical importance of water infrastructure improvements for communities in Illinois and across the country. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes Duckworth's entire DWWIA, which would help rebuild our nation's … Continue Reading


April 04, 2022

Duckworth and Durbin Join Chairwoman Stabenow in Introducing Bill to Extend School and Summer Meal Flexibilities to Feed Children

[WASHINGTON, DC] - This week, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) cosponsored the Support Kids Not Red Tape Act with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and a bipartisan group of their colleagues. The bill makes sure the crucial U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meal flexibilities that have fed children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic continue from June 30, 2022 to September 30, … Continue Reading


April 01, 2022

Duckworth, Tillis and Underwood Lead Bipartisan Call to FEMA for Updated Guidance for Nursing Moms Amid Disasters

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) along with U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY-24) are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure individuals who breastfeed have the support and access to lactation equipment they need after natural disasters. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, the Members are requesting FEMA update its … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Duckworth Joins Schatz & Colleagues in Introducing Resolution to Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and a group of 16 Senators in introducing a resolution to recognize the achievements and courage of the transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming and gender-diverse communities around the world, and to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility. "On this International Transgender Day of Visibility and always, we celebrate the resilience of transgender, nonbinary and gender … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Biden Administration Release of Oil Reserves

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's announcement the U.S. will release an average of 1 million additional barrels per day over the next six months from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help reduce energy costs for Americans: "There's no question the steep rise in gas prices across the world is directly impacted by Putin's choice to push Russia - one the world's largest exporters of crude oil - … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Duckworth Joins Durbin, Schumer, Murray to Call On Department Of Education, DOJ To Follow Through On Pledge To Improve Handling Of Student Debt Bankruptcy Claims

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY); and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting an update on efforts to improve how the agencies handle undue hardship … Continue Reading


March 30, 2022

Duckworth Speaks with Illinois Corn Growers, Highlights Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Illinois Corn Growers Association members and leadership to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can support our nation's corn growers and rural communities in Illinois. During the video call, Duckworth also discussed with the group how protecting our state's waterways and incentivizing agricultural production for renewable fuels can help grow Illinois's agriculture industry. "America has always depended on our … Continue Reading


March 29, 2022

Duckworth, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating March As National Endometriosis Awareness Month

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced a resolution recognizing the significance of endometriosis as an unmet chronic disease for women and designating March 2022 as National Endometriosis Awareness Month. This resolution would also encourage the U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide information on endometriosis to women, patients and providers and to improve screening tools and … Continue Reading

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