Press Releases

September 22, 2023

Duckworth Statement on UAW Workers’ Strike

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after United Auto Workers (UAW) announced their strike against General Motors, Stellantis and Ford: “For years, auto executive wages have skyrocketed while raking in billions in corporate profits, but the workers on the assembly line actually creating those profits have been asked to sacrifice their own pay while seeing their plants shuttered and communities devastated. United Auto Workers is fighting for a … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $5 Million To Support Dislocated Workers

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $5,000,000 for the Illinois Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Dislocated Worker Grant Program to support unemployed and underemployed people access, return to or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Wyden, 28 Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Recognize September As National Voting Rights Month

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 28 Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing September as “National Voting Rights Month.” Along with Wyden, U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) led the bicameral effort. “Voting is a fundamental pillar of our democracy, and our democracy is stronger when every voice is heard,” said Duckworth. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth Highlights Her Efforts to Bring Investments, Jobs to Illinois at City Club

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, today discussed her successful efforts on the international stage to strengthen economic ties between Illinois and the Indo-Pacific and bring major investments to our state during a fireside chat hosted by City Club Chicago. Duckworth has led a series of Congressional Delegation trips to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and more to highlight the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $2.3 Million To Support Hispanic-Serving Institutions

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $2,388,667 for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) through the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities and support for Hispanic students. “Illinois’s future becomes brighter when all communities can access opportunities for higher education,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to help … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Bill to Establish Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument to Be Considered by Full Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) celebrated the progress of their Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument Act after the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today favorably reported the bill out of committee. This bill now can be considered by the full Senate, bringing this legislation closer to becoming law and preserving this critically important moment in American history as a national … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth, Cramer Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Families Experiencing Diaper Need

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to make it easier for low-income families to afford the diapers they need. The End Diaper Need Act of 2023 would help assist low-income families to address diaper need by providing targeted funding for states, territories and other eligible entities working on this issue. This effort comes after Duckworth and Cramer successfully secured $20 million in the final fiscal … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth Meets with FAA Administrator Nominee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—met virtually with Federal Aviation Administrator nominee Michael Whitaker to discuss many critical issues facing our aviation industry. During their meeting, Duckworth reiterated her strong disapproval of efforts to weaken the 1,500-hour rule and jeopardize the safety of the … Continue Reading


September 20, 2023

Duckworth Awarded For Commitment to Advocating For Military Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was honored by the National Military Family Association for her continued commitment to military families. Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, in her remarks emphasized that just as our servicemembers keep our country strong, their families do too. Photos from the event can be found here. “Let us never forget that every time servicemembers pack their rucksacks and lace up their … Continue Reading


September 20, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley Lead 29 Midwest Colleagues In Urging DOT To Support Chicago Hub Improvement Program For Chicago Union Station

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today led 29 Midwest colleagues in a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose expressing their support for Amtrak’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program application for the Chicago Hub Improvement Program … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth Statement on U.S. Steel’s Decision to Temporarily Idle Granite City Works

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to U.S. Steel’s announcement to temporarily idle blast furnace ‘B’ at the Granite City Works Plant: “I am deeply disappointed by U.S. Steel’s awful decision to ‘temporarily’ idle blast furnace B at Granite City Works, and I am troubled by what seems like the company’s disingenuous reasoning for doing so. My thoughts go out to the working families impacted by this heartless … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with over two dozen members of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act and other major federal legislation is helping bring a manufacturing boom to Illinois—creating good-paying local jobs, supercharging our science and tech sector and growing our economy. Duckworth also underscored her efforts to support our manufacturing … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $375,000 To Address Disparities In Chicago Communities Caused By Menthol And Tobacco Usage

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $375,000 for the City of Chicago through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Building Capacity to Reduce the Burden of Menthol and Other Flavored Commercial Tobacco Products in Communities that Experience Health Disparities Program.” This funding will help advance health equity through strategic partnerships and community engagement to address … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Reintroduce Bill to Establish Prairie Du Rocher French Colonial National Historic Park

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced their legislation to establish the Prairie du Rocher French Colonial National Historic Park. This bill would recognize the cultural importance of the village, one of the oldest communities founded as a French settlement, as a nationally significant architectural village that embodies the cultural heritage of the United States. This National Historical Park would serve as … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Nominee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—met with Derek Chollet, the nominee for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, to discuss his nomination and their shared priorities for defense strategy at home and abroad. During their meeting, Duckworth highlighted her continued efforts to strengthen ties and reinforce our nation’s work in Southeast Asia—most recently through the recent … Continue Reading


September 19, 2023

Duckworth Calls Out Senator Tuberville’s Reckless, Political Military Hold, Urges Republican Colleagues to Publicly Condemn His Efforts

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—joined several of her Senate Democratic colleagues and military leaders in calling out U.S. Senator Tuberville’s (R-AL) reckless, political hold on more than 300 military promotions, which is hurting our military readiness and national security. In her remarks, Duckworth also urged her Republican colleagues to stop disagreeing with Senator Tuberville in secret, … Continue Reading


September 18, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Funding to Help Illinois Better Support Students with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Illinois Pathways to Partnerships Project (IPPP). Through partnerships with state agencies and Centers for Independent Living, the project aims to support independent living and professional development for students with disabilities aged 10-24 across the state. “Today’s announcement is progress in ensuring … Continue Reading


September 18, 2023

Following Their Letter, Duckworth, Durbin Commend Biden Administration for Approving Federal Assistance for Illinois Following Severe Summer Storms Across the State

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended the Biden Administration for approving Governor JB Pritzker’s request for Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Illinois, to support 19 Central Illinois counties to recover from storm damage.  From late June to early July, severe storms passed through Central Illinois, producing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, hail, tornadoes … Continue Reading


September 18, 2023

Duckworth: We Must Honor El Monte Garment Workers' Sacrifices in Most Appropriate Way Possible—by Further Strengthening Labor Rights

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Department of Labor (DOL) Acting Secretary Julie Su in a ceremony to induct the 81 El Monte garment workers into the DOL Hall of Honor. In the 1980s, these men and women were tricked into coming to the United States under false pretenses, only to have their passports and rights stripped from as they were forced into what amounted to modern-day slavery. In her remarks, Duckworth expressed her gratitude that these heroes have … Continue Reading


September 15, 2023

Duckworth, Casar Call on Biden Administration to Empower States with More Flexibility to Expand Diverse Job Growth, Support Local Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Representative Greg Casar (D-TX-35), led 59 of their colleagues in sending a bicameral letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calling on the Biden Administration to empower states and cities with more flexibility to tackle their local economic challenges when carrying out federally-funded projects—allowing them to expand diverse job growth and community hiring, support workers and grow their economy. In … Continue Reading

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