Press Releases

August 24, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Reports Trump Administration Directing DOD to Discriminate Against Transgender Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following reports that the White House is sending guidance to the Pentagon directing the Department of Defense to implement President Trump's new discriminatory ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military, U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, … Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Anti-Hunger Programs with Illinois Hunger Coalition

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined representatives of the Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC), a statewide organization dedicated to ending hunger, Tuesday to highlight the importance of anti-hunger initiatives like the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Duckworth also criticized the President's proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides millions of children and families with critical support to curb domestic hunger. A photo of … Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

Duckworth Discusses Agricultural Priorities with Illinois Farm Bureau

[BLOOMINGTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with members of the Illinois Farm Bureau Wednesday to discuss agricultural priorities and the important role Illinois farmers and ranchers play in both the state and national economies. Duckworth also highlighted the negative impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts to rural development. A photo of the meeting is available here. "I was glad to meet with the Illinois Farm Bureau to hear directly from Illinois farmers about key … Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

Duckworth Hears Priorities and Concerns at Latino Policy Forum Roundtable

[CHICAGO, IL] - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in a roundtable with community leaders hosted by the Latino Policy Forum, an organization dedicated to transforming public policy through the leadership of the Latino community. The discussion covered a diversity of issues including immigration reform, education, small business development and healthcare. A photo of the roundtable can be found here. "From Gage Park to Pilsen and from Little Village to Humboldt … Continue Reading

August 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After President Trump's address regarding Afghanistan, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Tonight's speech was filled with bluster but devoid of details and raised far more questions than it answered. In failing to outline any serious definition of progress or success, the President is putting our troops and our NATO allies in danger without giving them the certainty they need and deserve from their … Continue Reading

August 20, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Small Business Development Workshop to Promote Regional Economic Growth

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a small business development workshop Tuesday in conjunction with the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) to provide tips, tools and best practices for nearly 75 small business owners. Duckworth also discussed how investments in infrastructure, education and small business development can help create jobs and expand economic opportunities for hardworking families in Illinois. A … Continue Reading

August 17, 2017

Duckworth Tours Union Station Ahead of Major Redevelopment Initiative

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured Union Station with representatives from Amtrak and Metra to learn about Union Station's Master Redevelopment Plan, which will revitalize Union Station by improving its accessibility to streets and Chicago Transit Authority systems, making the station fully ADA-compliant and increasing the station's capacity. A photo of the tour can be found here. "For nearly 100 years, Union Station has been a critical transportation center and … Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a total of $2,211,612 to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations with the ability to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training in an effort to strengthen … Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

Duckworth: New Report Confirms Trump’s Sabotage of Healthcare System Would Cause Premiums to Skyrocket & Add Billions to Deficit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After a non-partisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that healthcare premiums would rise by 20 percent next year and the federal budget deficit would increase by nearly $200 billion if President Trump carries out his threat to sabotage the American healthcare system by ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that help keep premiums affordable, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "President Trump's … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

On CTA Blue Line, Duckworth Underscores Importance of Transit Accessibility

[CHICAGO, IL] - On the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined representatives from Access Living, an organization committed to fostering an inclusive society for Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives, to underscore the need for investments to achieve the goal of 100 percent compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) across the entire CTA system. Following the 27th anniversary of the ADA, … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Duckworth Reacts to President Trump’s Continued Minimization of the White Nationalist Threat to Americans

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Trump once again blamed this weekend's violence in Charlottesville on "both sides" and minimized the threat racist white nationalists and neo-Nazis pose to American citizens across the nation: "There are American patriots, and then there are the white nationalists and Nazis that fought against them. Members of my own family, along with countless brave American … Continue Reading

August 13, 2017

At Clothing Drive, Duckworth Highlights AmeriCorps Deployment to Chicago Cares

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) at a clothing drive to highlight the deployment of volunteers to Chicago Cares, an organization dedicated to mobilizing volunteers to improve local communities. During the event, Duckworth also discussed her efforts in Congress to make national community service opportunities available to more Americans. A photo of the Senator at the deployment is available … Continue Reading

August 07, 2017

Duckworth Joins Elmwood and McBride Residents in Cairo to Share Ongoing Issues with HUD Secretary Ben Carson

[CAIRO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined residents of the McBride and Elmwood housing developments to share ongoing issues at Alexander County Housing Authority facilities with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson, who was visiting Cairo for the first time after Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) invited him on three separate occasions. During today's meeting with McBride and Elmwood residents, Senator Duckworth highlighted the … Continue Reading

August 07, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Brandon Road Study

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to the release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brandon Road Study, an analysis of how to prevent Asian Carp from getting past the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Invasive species are a growing threat to our entire inland waterways system and to the countless Illinois communities and businesses that rely on strong and vibrant aquatic ecosystems. Brandon Road Lock and Dam and other … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs for Seniors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 30 of their colleagues in introducing legislation to help make prescription drugs more affordable for the nearly 41 million seniors who are enrolled in Medicare Part D. The legislation would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use the bargaining power of tens of millions of seniors to negotiate a better deal on prescription drug costs. Under current law, Medicare is … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Duckworth Offers Comprehensive Package of Bills to Protect Veterans and Servicemembers from Unfair Treatment

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week introduced several bills intended to protect and support Veterans and servicemembers-men and women who have proven they are willing lay down their lives defending America-from being deported or denied healthcare. Duckworth's proposals, two of which are cosponsored by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), would prohibit the Administration from deporting Veterans, give legal permanent residents a path to citizenship through … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Duckworth Tours Mississippi River, Highlights Importance of Waterways Infrastructure for Illinois Agriculture

[DAVENPORT, IA] -Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured waterways infrastructure along the Mississippi River with U.S. Representatives Rod Blum (IA-1) and Dave Loebsack (IA-2) as well as members of the Illinois and Iowa Corn Growers Associations, where she highlighted the importance of water infrastructure to support economic growth in Illinois. Duckworth, who serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, discussed her … Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Duckworth and Durbin Announce $3 Million for Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport Improvements

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a $3,000,395 federal grant to the Springfield Airport Authority to help modernize and improve the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. This funding will support the rehabilitation of approximately 11,000 feet of the service road connected to the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. "As a general aviation pilot, I know how important small and municipal airports are to communities across the state of … Continue Reading

August 01, 2017

Duckworth: Bush Torture Memo Author Should Be Disqualified from Any Government Service, Not Given Spot in Trump Administration

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Drawing on her 23 years of service in the Reserve Forces, Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke out in opposition to torture memo author Steven Bradbury's nomination to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation today. Speaking before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Duckworth outlined how Mr. Bradbury's authorship of the torture memos demonstrated poor judgement and compromised our nation's values, putting our … Continue Reading

August 01, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $37 Million in Emergency Preparedness Grants

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office for Terrorism Preparedness & Emergency Response has awarded a total of $37,392,579 to support emergency preparedness programs throughout Illinois. "When an emergency situation strikes, it is critical that our public health systems and first responders are adequately prepared to successfully manage the situation," said … Continue Reading

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