Press Releases

November 10, 2023

Duckworth, Merkley, Colleagues Urge Inclusion of Full Humanitarian Assistance in Supplemental Funding Package

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), led 20 colleagues in a letter to Democratic and Republican Senate and Appropriations leadership urging the inclusion of the full $10 billion in humanitarian assistance requested by the President in the national security supplemental. “Beyond the moral significance of continuing our country’s … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Push to Renew Expired Funding for Child Care

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bob Casey (D-PA), along with U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1), Sara Jacobs (D-CA-51), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20), in leading a bicameral group of their colleagues in urging congressional leadership to renew expired funding for child care in any supplemental funding … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Murray, Garcia to Reintroduce Legislation to Prevent the Shackling and Mistreatment of Pregnant Women in ICE and CBP Custody

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29) in reintroducing the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. The legislation would help protect the health and safety of pregnant, postpartum and lactating people in immigration detention by establishing a presumption of release, prohibiting any agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Ahead of Veterans Day, Duckworth Introduces Comprehensive Package to Help Stop Servicemember and Veteran Deportation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of Veterans Day, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—renewed her push to protect and support immigrant Veterans and servicemembers who have proven they are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to defend our nation. Today, Duckworth reintroduced a package of bills—the Veterans Visa and Protection Act, HOPE Act and I-VETS Act—that would prohibit the deportation of immigrant Veterans who are not … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Duckworth Chairs Aviation Safety Subcommittee Hearing, Reiterates Need to Uphold Strongest Pilot Training Certification Standards to Keep Flying Public Safe Amid Surge in Near-Misses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST)—chaired an Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation subcommittee hearing to address the chilling surge in near-deadly close calls involving commercial airlines that is adding serious pressure to our aviation workforce and putting the safety of the flying public at risk. As our nation continues to experience this aviation safety crisis, … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Release Statements on Biden, UAW President Visit to Belvidere Plant in Celebration of UAW-Stellantis Deal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statements on President Biden’s and United Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain’s visit to Belvidere, Illinois, after UAW and Stellantis reached a deal to restart the Belvidere Assembly Plant and add on an electric vehicle battery plant to the facility: “The tentative agreement between Stellantis and UAW and the proposed investment in Belvidere that would … Continue Reading


November 08, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Jayapal, Schakowsky, Colleagues, Urge Biden Administration to Designate Palestinian Territories for Temporary Protected Status or Authorize Deferred Enforcement Departure for Palestinians in U.S.

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), led 103 of their colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden calling on his Administration to designate the Palestinian territories for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and/or authorize Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinians present in the United … Continue Reading


November 08, 2023

Duckworth Reiterates Need to Expand U.S.-Ukraine Energy Cooperation, Provide Uninterrupted American Support for Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the Senate considers critical additional aid for Ukraine as they continue to fight for their freedom against Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war of choice, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—reiterated the importance of expanding cooperation between our nations’ energy industries, bolstering energy security and securing greater international investments that will help create more jobs here at … Continue Reading


November 08, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Majority of Senate Democratic Caucus in Push for More Information Around Strategy to Defeat Hamas, Protect Civilians in Gaza

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) led the majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Biden condemning the brutal terror attacks by Hamas, expressing support for immediate funding to replenish Israel’s defensive systems, and seeking … Continue Reading


November 08, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Expand Lincoln Home National Historic Site

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act, legislation that would expand the boundary of the Lincoln Home National Historic site to include a replica 1844 Lincoln cottage and the Elijah Iles home.  The bill would also require the National Park Service to increase the height of the road in front of the Lincoln home and at the intersection of 8th … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Duckworth Discusses U.S.-Ukraine Energy Cooperation with Ukraine Energy Minister

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committees—met with Ukraine's Minister of Energy German Galushchenko as well as other Ukraine energy leaders to discuss expanding cooperation between our nations’ nuclear energy industries, bolster energy security and secure greater international investments that will create more jobs here at home, particularly in Illinois which is already a national leader in nuclear technology. … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Duckworth Underscores Need to Improve Aviation Safety, Defends DCA Perimeter Rule While Chairing Commerce Committee Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - While chairing today’s U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reiterated several of her aviation safety priorities, including her opposition to adding more slots for additional commercial flight take-offs and landings at an already crowded Reagan National Airport (DCA) that could result in more delays and reduced safety. Duckworth also pressed Samuel H. Slater, nominee to be a member of the MWAA Board, … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Support Naperville’s Clean Energy Transition

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the City of Naperville will receive a $1,116,174 award to support the city’s transition to clean energy by updating its power grids. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program (GRIP) and by boosting Naperville’s energy efforts, this investment will also help support union jobs, our state’s decarbonization goals and decrease energy … Continue Reading


November 06, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $10 Million for Shawneetown Regional Port Revitalization Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $10,120,000 for the Shawneetown Regional Port Revitalization Project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) to fund the design and construction of a 1.25-mile new port access road to safely accommodate existing and future intermodal truck trips and prepare for future port expansions and operations. “Located on … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join EPA in Announcing $336 Million for Lead Service Line Removal in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), author of the historic Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox in announcing a $336 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Chicago to help replace up to 30,000 lead pipes that deliver water to homes across the city. This is a critical … Continue Reading


November 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Senate Colleagues in Statement Regarding Humanitarian Aid to Civilians in Gaza

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), together with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), released the following statement: “The tragic war in Gaza, initiated by … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Mayor of Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson to examine steps for a humanitarian response to the arrival of more than 19,500 migrants to the city.  During the meeting, Duckworth, Durbin and Mayor Johnson discussed the federal government’s role in offering critical support to Illinois as it receives thousands of new arrivals.  Duckworth and Durbin … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Duckworth Announces More Than $400,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending to Boost Workforce Development in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that $413,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending Request will be sent by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to Kaskaskia College in Centralia for its development of a mobile manufacturing and training lab focused on workforce development and career training initiatives. This Duckworth-secured federal funding will increase Kaskaskia College’s efforts … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Senate Advances "Minibus" Spending Bills With Illinois Priorities Secured By Duckworth, Durbin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the United States Senate passed three funding bills known as a “minibus” for Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). Duckworth and Durbin worked to secure various priorities for Illinois in … Continue Reading


November 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Ukraine’s Economic Recovery with Special Representative Penny Pritzker

[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—spoke with U.S. Special Representative Penny Pritzker about her role and vision to help advance Ukraine’s economic recovery as that nation continues to fight for their freedom and sovereignty against Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of choice. During their meeting, Duckworth also reiterated the need for continued American support … Continue Reading

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