Press Releases

April 19, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $70,000 to Help Create Jobs in South Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $70,000 in federal funding to help create jobs and support economic growth in South Central Illinois. This funding was awarded to the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission by the Economic Development District Planning Program, a program within the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) that assists communities as they develop and … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Duckworth Statement on the Mueller Report

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the public release of a heavily-redacted version of the Mueller Report today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I'm still reviewing the redacted version of the Mueller Report, but what I've read makes it crystal clear that this is anything but an exoneration of Donald Trump's actions. If anything, we now know for certain that Trump repeatedly lied to the American people, inappropriately attempted to end the Special Counsel's … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Duckworth Demands Answers from Secretary DeVos After Trump Administration’s Refusal to Implement Rule to Address Racial Discrimination in Special Education

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 6 of their colleagues in expressing concerns to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about her Department's decision to delay implementation of the Equity in IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) rule, which addresses the disproportionately high rate at which students of color are placed in special education settings. The over-identification of students of color into these … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Attorney General Barr’s Press Conference on the Mueller Report

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Attorney General Barr's press conference on the Mueller Report this morning, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Attorney General Barr's biased press conference this morning was a low point for our nation and the rule of law. It's sad to see the Attorney General of the United States acting as if he were the President's personal lawyer. The American people deserve the opportunity to read the complete findings of Robert Mueller … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Duckworth, Warren Call on the IRS to Improve the Tax Refund Process Following Release of GAO Report

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found low-income and minority taxpayers are more likely to use costly tax-time financial products; companies are failing to provide clear, timely information on fees and that the IRS must improve data quality. In their letter, the Senators requested more information on how the IRS can … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Duckworth, Carper and Cardin Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon ‘Dirty Water Rule’ Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging them to reverse course on the dangerous Dirty Water Rule proposal to gut the Obama-era … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2 Million to Support Growing Industries in West Frankfort

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today a $2 million grant to help the City of West Frankfort repurpose the West Frankfort Mall to serve growing industries. The funding for this projection, which is estimated to create 218 jobs and generate $1.5 million in private investment, comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). "This investment will strengthen West Frankfort's efforts to attract and … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce New Bill to Overhaul Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) and a group of 13 Senators to introduce the What You Can Do for Your Country Act of 2019, new legislation that would overhaul the flawed Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and ensure millions of teachers, social workers, members of the military, first responders, nurses, public defenders, and many other public service professionals will … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Duckworth Helps Re-Introduce Legislation to Make Tax Preparation and Filing Simpler, More Affordable

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 9 of their colleagues in introducing a bill to make the tax filing process easier and less costly for millions of American taxpayers. The Tax Filing Simplification Act would return free-filing by directing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to develop a free, online tax preparation and filing service that does not require the sharing of private information with third parties. The … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Duckworth, Blackburn Resolution Recognizing Importance of Vaccines Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) yesterday introduced and passed the bipartisan, bicameral Vaccines Save Lives Resolution, recognizing the importance of vaccines and immunizations in the United States. The resolution sends a message of unequivocal Congressional support for vaccines and urges parents, in consultation with their health care provider, to follow scientific evidence and the consensus of medical experts in favor of timely … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Duckworth, Kildee, Peters & Speier Introduce Legislation to Protect Military Families from Lead Exposure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), today introduced legislation to protect military families from the threat of lead poisoning in their homes and schools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead exposure for people of any age. Lead exposure can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Duckworth Presses Shanahan, Military Leaders on Space Force Challenges

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At today's U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator and Combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) pressed Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and other military leaders on past space acquisition challenges and their plans to address these challenges in future reorganization efforts. Video of Duckworth's questions at the hearing is available upon request. "Space acquisition is an area where the Air Force has had … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Illinoisans Impacted by Gun Violence

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met today with Illinoisans suffering from our nation's gun violence epidemic to discuss the need to pass legislation that would address the epidemic and save lives, including the Background Check Expansion Act. The advocates are affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization of Americans working to reduce gun violence. Photos from today's meeting are available here. "I was honored to meet with these Illinoisans whose loved … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Cut Taxes for Workers & Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of tax day and the IRS Commissioner's annual appearance before the Senate and House today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) helped lead Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to lead 44 Senators - including Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - in introducing the Working Families Tax Relief Act. At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Help Eliminate Housing Discrimination in Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,099,629.66 in federal funding to help eliminate housing discrimination in Chicago and assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). "Families searching for a new place to live should not have to worry about being denied access … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $250,000 for Minority Business Development in Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $250,000 in federal funding to help provide technical assistance and business development services to minority-owned businesses through Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). "If we want to create new economic opportunities for working families, we need to make it easier for minority … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues to Push for Repeal of Muslim Travel Ban, Prevent Future Discriminatory Bans

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) today to introduce bicameral legislation to repeal President Donald Trump's existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again. The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals the three versions of President Trump's … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

At Water Policy Conference, Duckworth Calls Attention to Environmental, Health and Justice Crises

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered remarks at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies' 2019 Water Policy Conference, detailing the importance of ensuring every American has access to affordable clean water. Duckworth went on to outline her agenda for water policies in the 116th Congress, stressing the need to view access to clean water as not just an environmental or health priority, but as a matter of justice, fairness and equality, too. "Every … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Duckworth, Senators Ask Pentagon if Trump’s Border Deployment Threatens Military Readiness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with fellow Senate Armed Services Committee members Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), expressed concern this week that the Trump Administration's wasteful deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to the southern border is harming military readiness. In a letter, the Senators asked Acting Defense Secretary Patrick … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Help Re-Introduce Bill Allowing Workers to Receive Paid Sick Days

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 30 of their Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Healthy Families Act, which would ensure workers are able to earn paid sick leave so they can stay home when they are ill, care for a sick family member, obtain preventive medical care or seek assistance related to domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. "No one should have to choose between caring for a sick child … Continue Reading

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