Press Releases

August 07, 2018

Duckworth, Kelly Host Small Business Development Workshop

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (IL-02) hosted a small business development workshop today in conjunction with the South Suburban Small Business Association, Chicago Southland Chamber and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce to provide tips, tools and best practices for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago's South Side and south suburbs. At the workshop, which took place at Olive-Harvey College, Duckworth also discussed how … Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

After Weekend of Record Violence, Duckworth and Rush Host Roundtable Discussion on Gun Violence in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - After a weekend of record violence in Chicago, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-01) today hosted a roundtable discussion on gun violence with community members and stakeholders at the Gary Comer Youth Center in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Prior to the roundtable, Duckworth and Rush called for the passage of the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2018 alongside Blair's father, Ronald Holt. This … Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

Duckworth Tours Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County

[GREAT LAKES, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the leadership of Naval Station Great Lakes, the United States Navy's largest training installation and only boot camp, toured the base and observed an active training exercise yesterday. Duckworth also received a briefing from the Director of the National Museum of the American Sailor, which is operated by the Navy's Naval History & Heritage Command on their ongoing renovation and improvement project. She has previously … Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

Duckworth Tours Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago

[NORTH CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited Rosalind Franklin University yesterday to observe University research projects and discuss the University's ongoing Innovation and Research Park project, which will connect students and graduates with biomedical companies throughout Lake County. Lake County Partners, a local non-profit, estimates the project will help create 500 jobs and spur $117 million in annual economic development for the region upon completion. "Cutting … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

After Allegations of Child Abuse at Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors, Duckworth Tours Facility Housing Children Separated by Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Policy

[DES PLAINES, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured Heartland Alliance's Casa Guadalupe shelter for children ripped from their families by the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy and met with a number of the children housed there. Allegations of physical and emotional abuse at Casa Guadalupe have surfaced over the past few weeks, prompting Duckworth to write Heartland Alliance CEO Evelyn Diaz requesting swift and immediate action to complete its internal … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Duckworth: Why Did DOD Use Japanese Internment Camp Ruling to Justify Actions?

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis to express alarm over the Department of Defense's (DOD) positive embrace of a long disgraced World War II-era Supreme Court ruling that allowed Japanese-American curfews and internment camps to justify Defense Department policy. In a recent court filing, DOD positively cited the Hirabayashi v United States decision - one of three infamous "anti-canon" U.S. Supreme Court rulings that led to … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Roll Back Federal Fuel Efficiency Standards

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to the Trump Administration's proposal to roll back federal fuel efficiency standards - which support more than 9,900 jobs in Illinois - and revoke the right of states to protect their residents from tailpipe emissions and carbon pollution, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This proposal, which was drafted by disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a gift to the largest oil companies, will force families to … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Duckworth & Brown Ask Cabinet Officials for Update on Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to several Trump Administration cabinet officials requesting an update by August 9th on the President's interagency task force on lead exposure and asking them to develop a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the risk of childhood lead poisoning. In October 2017, the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Environmental … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Commits to Working with Duckworth on Legislation to Improve Hiring Transparency at

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler agreed to work with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on her legislation to improve transparency in hiring practices at the EPA while appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee yesterday. Duckworth introduced the EPA Special Hiring Authority Transparency Act with EPW Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) in May to strengthen oversight of EPA hiring practices after disgraced … Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

As Senate Prepares to Debate FAA, Duckworth Warns Against Rollback of Critical Air Safety Measures

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today at the Air Safety Forum event hosted by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), combat Veteran, pilot and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about her efforts to make aviation safer for all Americans as well as more accessible for traveling mothers. Duckworth also detailed the serious risks that would come from weakening pilot certification and qualification requirements, commonly referred to as the 1,500 hour rule, or allowing single pilot all-cargo operations. … Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Senate Committee Passes Duckworth Bill to Improve Public Safety on Trains & Protect Rail Crewmembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed bipartisan legislation today, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Hoeven (R-ND), to improve public safety and discourage violence aboard passenger trains. The Passenger Rail Crew Protection Act would enhance federal protections for passenger rail crewmembers to reflect those that are provided to airline crewmembers so that any assault of a rail crewmember, including … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce Bill to Block Publication of 3D Printable Firearm Blueprints

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 21 of her colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent the online publication of blueprints that can be used to make fully-functioning firearms with a 3D printer. These dangerous weapons are often made with resin or plastic and are virtually undetectable when carried through a metal detector or past security. The introduction of the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act comes after the Trump … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Duckworth Opens Senate Constituent Service Office in Rock Island

[ROCK ISLAND, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) opened a new Senate constituent service office in Rock Island today, located at 1823 2nd Avenue, Suite 2. The Senator's staff held an open house to launch the new office and give community members an opportunity to meet Senate constituent service representatives who will be working in the area. Duckworth's Rock Island Office will provide a number of services to Illinoisans that include assistance with Veterans benefits, Social Security, … Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Duckworth: Trump Administration Created Humanitarian Crisis, Unacceptable That They are Unable to Fix It

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke out today as the Trump Administration failed to meet yesterday's second court-mandated deadline to reunite all families. Duckworth was joined by members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is currently challenging the Trump Administration's practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children in court. A photo of today's press conference is available here. "I'm here today because the Trump … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Inspector General Report Evaluating HUD’s Oversight of Alexander Housing County Authority

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the release of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report evaluating HUD's oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority (ACHA), which was taken into receivership by HUD two years ago, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement: "There is no question that the residents of Elmwood and McBride suffered through decades of neglect, inadequate oversight, … Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

On Eve of the ADA’s 28th Anniversary, Duckworth Highlights Need to Protect and Expand Disability Rights

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today at the Beyond the ADA: Introducing the Disability Justice Initiative event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about her efforts to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the importance of expanding disability rights to better ensure access and equality for Americans with disabilities. Earlier this year, Duckworth led the push to block the misleadingly-named ADA Education and Reform Act, a … Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

Duckworth Meets With Surface Transportation Board Nominee Marty Oberman

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Marty Oberman, the nominee to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Created in 1996, the STB is responsible for resolving railroad rate and service disputes, along with reviewing proposed railroad mergers. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Duckworth will participate in Oberman's confirmation on Thursday. A photograph of the meeting is available here. "I shared … Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $70,000 for Strategic Economic Planning in Western Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $70,000 in federal funding today to help create jobs and support economic development throughout Western Illinois. This funding is provided by the Economic Development District Planning Program, a program within the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) that assists communities as they develop and implement plans to enhance their local economies. "It's important for … Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After the Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, released the following statement: "During our meeting earlier this month, Robert Wilkie pledged that he would oppose VA privatization and showed that he is committed to maintaining the VA's mission as the principle coordinator of care," Duckworth said. "I hope … Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Duckworth, Murray and 20 Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End the Trump Administration’s Practice of Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 20 of their colleagues introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act this week to protect the health and well-being of pregnant and young women in custody by establishing new standards of care and transparency and prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shackling pregnant women in its custody. "The Trump Administration's practice of shackling and detaining … Continue Reading

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