Press Releases

December 06, 2018

Duckworth Awarded U.S. International Council on Disabilities’ Dole-Harkin Award for Her Leadership in Advancing Disability Rights

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was awarded with the United States International Council on Disabilities's (USICD) Dole-Harkin award this evening in recognition of her efforts to promote and expand rights for people with disabilities. The Dole-Harkin award honors American policymakers for their service to the global disability community in advancing the rights, opportunities and dignity or persons with disabilities, and previous recipients include Senators John Barasso … Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Duckworth Urges VA to Fully Repay Every Veteran Impacted by GI Benefits Backlog, Ensure They Do Not Suffer Lasting Financial Harm As A Result of VA’s Failures

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), wrote to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today to ensure VA fully repays every Veteran the benefits they are owed - with interest - under the post 9/11 "Forever GI Bill," but have not received due to VA's massive payments backlog. Duckworth urged VA to also assume any financial penalties Veterans incur because of VA's failure to make on-time … Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Duckworth-Kennedy-Durbin Legislation to Strengthen Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. Senate unanimously 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 and expand economy opportunity. The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, which now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives, would allow Veteran small business owners to acquire equipment and property that the federal government no longer has a … Continue Reading

December 04, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $36 Million for Illinois Community Health Centers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) AND Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded five community health centers in Illinois a total of $36,726,488 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program. Community health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating … Continue Reading

December 03, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Statement on Honoring Illinois' Bicentennial

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today honoring the 200th anniversary of the founding of the State of Illinois. Earlier this year, Durbin and Duckworth introduced a resolution - that unanimously passed the Senate - honoring and celebrating the State of Illinois and the Illinoisans who have participated in cultivating the rich history of the State. "Illinois has seen a lot over its 200-year history and today we … Continue Reading

December 03, 2018

Duckworth: New Rule Requiring Airlines to Finally Report Number of Lost Bags & Broken Wheelchairs Will Help Ensure Travelers Are Treated With Dignity & Respect

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - As a result of legislation that was passed by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and double amputee, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is scheduled to finally implement a new rule tomorrow that will require air carriers to disclose for the first time how many checked bags, wheelchairs and motorized scooters they damage or mishandle each month. The rule is expected to lower the large number of wheelchairs that airlines damage each year and bring … Continue Reading

December 01, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush: "Rest in Peace to a great statesman who guided our nation through challenging times and the end of the Cold War. I did not agree with President Bush on every issue but will be forever grateful that he signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law, which has helped our country become more inclusive and made it possible for people of … Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

Duckworth Hosts Community Roundtable on Ethylene Oxide Exposure

[DARIEN, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable discussion in DuPage County today where she heard from Willowbrook-area residents affected by exposure to known-carcinogen ethylene oxide. Community members discussed their concerns about exposure to ethylene oxide emissions from Sterigenics, the Willowbrook-based medical sterilization facility, with Duckworth, who introduced two new pieces of legislation this week in response to the public health crisis. Photos from … Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

Duckworth, Klobuchar, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Keep Jobs in the United States

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced legislation this week to close a loophole created by the new tax law that encourages U.S. companies to move jobs and operations overseas in order to minimize their tax liability. The Removing Incentives for Outsourcing Act will eliminate an unfair incentive that allows U.S. companies to use excess foreign tax credits (FTCs) to shelter profits in tax havens. "Despite … Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

Duckworth and Hatch Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth & Help Eliminate Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jack Reed (D-RI), introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. The resolution, if passed, would help raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public about how to help end youth homelessness. "It is a tragedy when any child does not have a safe roof over … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Quigley Statement on O’Hare Western Access Framework Agreement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following today's approval by the Illinois Tollway Authority of a framework agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific Railway to move the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project forward, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement: "The Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project is vital to our regional, state … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Duckworth Bills to Create Energy Jobs & Protect Whistleblowers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy today held a hearing and considered two bills introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The bipartisan Energy Jobs for Our Heroes Act (S. 3088) would ease the transition back to civilian life for Veterans by connecting them with employers in the solar, wind, nuclear and cyber energy industries and the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Whistleblower Act (S. 2968) would … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Duckworth, Foster, Durbin, Lipinski & Schneider Introduce Legislation to Close Loopholes That Allow EPA to Hide Health Risks of Chemicals From Public

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11), along with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), today introduced legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from hiding public health risks and require it to be more transparent with state and local health agencies and the American public. The Expanding Transparency of Information and Safeguarding Toxics (EtO … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Expand Coverage for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced legislation to ensure breast cancer patients and survivors who have experienced a mastectomy are able to access custom breast prosthetics under Medicare. The Senator's new Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act would provide coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses, the only human body part not currently covered by Medicare, to the more than 144,000 women who undergo mastectomies annually. "We can do so much more to … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Duckworth, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Klobuchar, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Expand National Service Opportunities for Young Americans and Make College More Affordable

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced legislation today to help make sure every young American who wants to dedicate a year to national service has the opportunity to do so. The 21st Century American Service Act would increase the number of service positions available through civilian national service organizations, educate all young Americans about the national … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Effort to Ensure Public Debate on Military’s Role in Yemen

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting in support of S.J. Res. 54, which directs the President to remove unauthorized U.S. troops from hostilities in Yemen, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "The Saudis in Yemen are responsible for perpetuating one of the worst humanitarian situations in the world. Untold numbers have been killed, starved to death and have died of cholera. American military assistance for this coalition must end. "Our … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth, Schneider, Lipinski, Foster Introduce Bill to Require EPA to Revise Standards for Ethylene Oxide Emissions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Representatives Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) and Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions standards for medical sterilization and chemical facilities, which have been the source of harmful emissions in Illinois. The bill also requires the … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Duckworth, Inhofe, Reed, Rounds, Heller and Peters Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Commemorate End of WWII

[WASHINGTON, D.C] -The Senate passed a resolution commemorating the 75th Anniversary of World War II yesterday that was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Gary Peters (D-MI). This legislation establishes a commemorative program to honor Veterans, educate the public about the history of World War II, highlight the service of the men and women who served our nation on the home front during the war, … Continue Reading

November 27, 2018

Duckworth & Hassan: VA Inspector General Must Investigate Potential Legal & Ethics Violations at Trump’s VA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) decision to probe whether several wealthy friends of Donald Trump improperly influenced policy decisions at VA, including its electronic health records modernization project as a ProPublica investigation revealed earlier this year. The Senators also reiterated their call for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General … Continue Reading

November 27, 2018

Duckworth Meets with Congressman-Elect Casten

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted Congressman-elect Sean Casten (D-IL-6) in her Senate office today, where the two discussed how they can work together to support Illinoisans in the next Congress. Representative-elect Casten was elected earlier this month to represent Illinois's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. B-Roll is available here and photos of the meeting are available here. "I'm excited to have Sean Casten as a partner in … Continue Reading

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