Press Releases

January 11, 2019

Duckworth Presses Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Employees & Contractors Receive Back Pay For Wages Lost During Government Shutdown

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined 33 other Senators in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to direct federal agencies to ensure federal contractors receive back pay for the wages they are losing during the partial government shutdown. After past shutdowns, federal employees have received back pay to make up for lost wages and Congress just overwhelmingly passed legislation to ensure that will happen after this shutdown ends. However, low-and … Continue Reading

January 11, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Trump Threat to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of a possible announcement by President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and re-allocate billions of dollars for a border wall that he promised Mexico would pay for, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Donald Trump has already wasted more than $130 million taxpayer dollars on an inappropriate deployment of U.S. troops to the border that forced thousands of military families to spend the holidays … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Introducing Assault Weapons Ban

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 24 of their colleagues today in introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, updated legislation to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. "As mass shootings become more frequent and more deadly, Congress cannot simply hold another … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Duckworth Discusses Air Force Priorities with Secretary Wilson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson today to discuss Air Force execution of the National Defense Strategy and initiatives to strengthen training and development of new capabilities. As a combat Veteran who served as a logistics officer and Army helicopter pilot in the Reserve Forces, Duckworth emphasized the importance of focusing on enhancing investments in … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Duckworth & Durbin Re-Introduce Bill to Expand Lincoln National Heritage Area, Create Economic Opportunity in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today re-introduced legislation to honor the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, by expanding the Lincoln National Heritage Area in Central Illinois to include Livingston County, the city of Jonesboro in Union County and the city of Freeport in Stephenson County. The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act would expand economic opportunities for Illinoisans working to … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin(D-IL) today joined 38 other Senators in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive background checks. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun owners in the United … Continue Reading

January 07, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Aviation Commissioner Rhee at O’Hare

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee today to discuss modernization plans at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport and upgrades to the ORD Multi Modal Facility, the recent passage of her legislation to make air travel easier for people with disabilities and nursing mothers and her TIFIA for Airports Act, which would increase infrastructure investments for airports like O'Hare. Duckworth and Rhee also … Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Bipartisan Duckworth-Kennedy-Durbin Legislation to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Succeed Now Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to help Veteran entrepreneurs grow their small businesses, create jobs and expand economic opportunity is now law after being signed by the President. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, legislation that overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House in December, would allow Veteran small business owners to acquire equipment and personal property … Continue Reading

December 29, 2018

Duckworth: Trump’s Rollback of Clean Air Rules Will Harm Children’s Health

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Duckworth serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. "The Trump Administration is choosing to continue its attack on the public health of our children and our communities. The evidence is clear: mercury is a toxin that causes learning disabilities, loss of IQ, asthma attacks, heart … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Houses Passes Bipartisan Duckworth-Kennedy-Durbin Legislation to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Succeed

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation today that was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to help Veteran entrepreneurs grow their small businesses, create jobs and expand economy opportunity. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, which unanimously passed the Senate two weeks ago, would allow Veteran small business owners to acquire equipment and personal property that … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Duckworth Pens Op-Ed For the Washington Post: I’m a Combat Veteran. We Cannot Allow Our Country to Be Turned into a War Zone

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Reflecting on the recent anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote an op-ed for today's Washington Post about how her experiences as someone who comes from a long line of combat Veterans have shaped her perspective on our nation's gun violence epidemic. Duckworth discusses how senseless it is that semi-automatics similar to those that U.S. servicemembers carry around Fallujah are still casually sold to teenagers … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Duckworth & Durbin Join Senate Democrats in Urging Trump Administration to Reverse Course & Defend Affordable Care Act in Court

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 46 of their colleagues today in urging the Trump Administration and the Department of Justice to immediately request a stay of a Judge's recent decision in Texas v. United States to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. If that decision stands, tens of millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, healthcare costs will rise, and health insurers will once again be allowed … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s New Strategy to Address Lead Poisoning

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - In response to the Trump Administration's release of a new federal strategy to address the risk of lead poisoning, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement. Duckworth, the top Democrat on the Senate Fisheries, Wildlife and Water Subcommittee, has been outspoken about the need to reduce exposure to lead poisoning and has been a leader in Congress on this issue, having introduced many pieces of legislation to eliminate lead in America's drinking … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Duckworth Urges Senate to Finally Give “Blue Water” Vietnam Veterans the Health Care They’ve Earned

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered a speech on the Senate floor today detailing the grave injustice that has been done to the nearly 90,000 "Blue Water" Vietnam Veterans who are currently unable to receive the health care needed to treat diseases linked to wartime Agent Orange exposure. Duckworth called on her fellow Senators to right this wrong by passing without delay the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which is already co-sponsored by … Continue Reading

December 17, 2018

Duckworth, Van Hollen & Klobuchar: Is General Motors Getting Tax Savings for Outsourcing Jobs?

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - In light of the recent General Motors (GM) announcement of layoffs in the United States, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra to request information on how the company is benefiting from new tax incentives for outsourcing U.S. jobs that were created by the recent Republican tax law. The Senators also asked GM to cancel further stock buybacks, which give a windfall to GM's executives … Continue Reading

December 14, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Court Ruling Overturning Affordable Care

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to a court ruling declaring the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional that has been cheered on by Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This absurd ruling - in a lawsuit that was brought forward by Republican Attorneys General with the support of the Trump Administration - could take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans if it is not overturned. Tonight's decision will be appealed but we cannot … Continue Reading

December 14, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $13.7M to Protect Illinois Families from Toxic Lead

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $13,700,000 in federal funding today to help provide lead-free housing units to low-income families throughout Illinois. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Lead Hazard Reduction Program (LHRD), which aims to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in privately-owned housing for rental or owner-occupants, and HUD's Healthy Homes supplemental … Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Duckworth Votes to End U.S. Military’s Unauthorized Support of Saudi Arabia’s Brutal Military Campaign in Yemen

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting to direct the President to end unauthorized U.S. military assistance to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Today, the Senate finally took an important step towards reclaiming and fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to determine whether to declare war and send our brave men and women into harm's way. For far too long, Congress has ceded that solemn … Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Bipartisan Duckworth-Hirono-Royce-Lieu Bill to Honor Chinese American WWII Veterans Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following unanimous approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to recognize the tremendous contributions made by more than 18,000 Chinese American World War II Veterans now awaits the President's signature. The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act will authorize Congress to award the highest civilian honor - a Congressional Gold … Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Senator Duckworth to Serve on Senate Armed Services Committee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee in the 116th Congress, which will be sworn in on January 3rd, 2019. Duckworth, who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom before her Black Hawk helicopter was hit by an RPG and she lost her legs as well … Continue Reading

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