Press Releases

March 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $76 Million for Chicago Airports

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $76,539,502 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport to help the airports with COVID-19 related expenses. "Our Chicago airports are an important economic engine for the region, and making sure they continue to have the support they need to operate safely during … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Agricultural Priorities with Illinois Corn Growers Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual call with members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association to discuss her Illinois and legislative priorities for the upcoming year. Duckworth discussed the importance of biofuels, addressing climate change and improving transportation, infrastructure and trade. "The strength of America's farmers is a reflection of our strength as a nation," Duckworth said. "I enjoyed meeting with the Illinois Corn Growers … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Kelly Ask HUD to Examine Issues at Concordia Place Apartment Complex in Chicago

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region Five Office to swiftly examine reported issues raised by residents of the Concordia Place Apartment complex on the south side of Chicago. In a letter to James A. Cunningham, the HUD Deputy Regional Administrator, Duckworth, Durbin, and Kelly highlighted news reports on the unsafe and … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $2 Million for Quad City International Airport

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $2,750,066 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration to Quad City International Airport to help the airport with COVID-19-related expenses. "Our Illinois airports are an important economic engine for the region, and making sure they continue to have the support they need to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is critical," Duckworth … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million for Quincy Regional Airport

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $1,003,408 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration to Quincy Regional Airport to help the airport with COVID-19-related expenses. "Our Illinois airports are important economic engines for the state, and making sure they continue to have the support they need to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is critical," Duckworth said. "I'm … Continue Reading


March 15, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Haaland as Interior Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. Haaland was confirmed by a 51-40 vote to serve as Interior Secretary under President Biden. "Secretary Haaland is a barrier-breaking leader who is qualified to take on this role to protect our public lands and will help bring a much-needed perspective to the U.S. Department of the Interior," Duckworth said. "Making our national parks and … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Duckworth, Booker Request Guidance from Biden-Harris Health Equity Task Force on Addressing Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today urged Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, to provide guidance and recommendations to states, localities, territories and tribes on how to address disparities and reduce inequities in COVID-19 vaccination rates. Specifically, the Senators asked the Task Force to engage communities of color, people with disabilities and other disproportionately impacted groups … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

[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 joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) and a group of Senate colleagues to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021. This bill would ban the further sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use. "We cannot continue to stand by while our siblings, parents and … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Expansion of Illinois Community Health Centers Included in Federal Vaccination Program

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the expansion of Illinois Community Health Centers (CHCs) that will be eligible to directly receive vaccines through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Federally Qualified Health Center Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. The program will expand its reach to 35 CHCs across Illinois. Vaccines sent to Illinois CHCs through this new federal program are in addition to the existing weekly … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Merkley and Warren Call on CDC for Safety Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant Individuals

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling for more guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 vaccines safety and efficacy for pregnant and lactating individuals. Though the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended pregnant and lactating individuals be prioritized, they have received conflicting information from a variety of resources, including … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth Among Center for Effective Lawmaking’s “Most Effective” Democratic Senators

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was named the fifth-most effective Democratic Senator in the 116th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. The Center for Effective Lawmaking, a non-partisan joint initiative by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, ranks lawmakers at the end of each Congress by the member's ability to advance policy proposals through the legislative process and into law. Duckworth was also named the most effective Democratic … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Capito, Shaheen, Collins Pass Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Girl Scouts of America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Girl Scouts' Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, today re-introduced a resolution recognizing the 109th birthday of the Girl Scouts of America and celebrating its legacy of building powerful female leaders. The Senate passed this resolution upon introduction by voice vote. "Not a day goes by that I don't use the leadership skills Girl Scouts helped … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Senate Colleagues Re-Introduce Bill To Strengthen Police Accountability & Encourage Independent Investigations of Law Enforcement’s Lethal Uses of Force

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Ed Markey (D-MA), re-introduced legislation that would help restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve by helping prevent police-involved deaths and encouraging independent, impartial investigations into law enforcement officials' use of deadly force. The Police Training and Independent Review Act would create a financial incentive for states to require … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Service Opportunities for Military Families during SASC Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about the importance of creating service opportunities for military family members so they can engage with their communities, gain new skills and even progress toward educational opportunities. The hearing focused on the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service's report about the selective service system and ways to expand and … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Protecting Veterans from Deportation at USC Gould School of Law Symposium

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today participated in a symposium on Veterans deportation hosted by the University of Southern California's (USC) Gould School of Law. In the virtual Q&A, Duckworth discussed the challenges deported Veterans face in attaining citizenship and VA benefits, her visit to the Deported Veterans Support House on Veterans Day in 2019 and her successful efforts in helping previously-deported Veterans-Miguel Perez and Roman Sabal-attain … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Improve and Maintain Public Health Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON D.C] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 14 Democratic Senate colleagues to introduce the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (PHISLA). The legislation would establish a new core public health infrastructure program, which ramps up to $4.5 billion in annual funding to bolster the nation's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen its ability to respond to other … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More than $5 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in Northwest Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Northwest Illinois communities will receive a total of $5.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across Northwest Illinois rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Announce More Than $11 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Central Illinois communities will receive a total of $11.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across Central Illinois rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $8 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in the Metro East

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Metro East communities will receive a total of $8.5 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across the Metro East rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce homelessness," … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $168 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in the Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicagoland communities will receive a total of $168.8 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across the Chicagoland area rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading

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