Press Releases

December 20, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Transportation Provisions Already Delivering For Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that just weeks after the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal was signed into law, Illinois will be able to make significant improvements to roads and bridges, improving safety and reducing commute times, all while creating good-paying local jobs. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that Illinois will have access to increased … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Mayor Lightfoot, Members of Delegation, Urge Army Corps of Engineers to Prioritize Funding For Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), and Marie Newman (D-IL-03), today sent a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers urging the Corps to use the funds provided in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to invest in the Chicago … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

In Letter to President Biden, Duckworth, Durbin Announce Candidates for Federal District Court in the Northern District Of Illinois

[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, today announced seven candidates for President Biden's consideration for current and future vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois: Jeffrey Cummings, Jeremy Daniel, Nicholas Gowen, LaShonda A. Hunt, Lindsay Jenkins, Nancy Maldonado, and Karen Sheley. "We appreciate the opportunity to provide assistance and input … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Duckworth Meets with South Suburban Mayors to Discuss Impact of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal on Suburban Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with members of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), including SSMMA President and Thornton Village President Bob Kolosh and more than a dozen local mayors and managers, to discuss the impact the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will have on their communities and how it will help improve the lives of working families. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will spur economic advancement and help … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Duckworth Applauds White House Action to Begin Implementing Her New Law Through the Lead Service Line Replacement Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife and author of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA)-which passed the Senate by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in April 2021 and was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal-issued the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration, alongside EPA, announced plans to immediately … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Duckworth Creates Nonpartisan, Independent Afghanistan War Commission as Part of 2022 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to create a nonpartisan commission to study the war in Afghanistan is set to become law after the Senate passed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 88-11 today. This modified version of Duckworth's Afghanistan War Commission Act will establish a nonpartisan, independent commission to examine every aspect of the war in Afghanistan in order to produce actionable recommendations … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Senate Passes Duckworth Provision to Safeguard 182nd Airlift Wing’s Mission & Protect More Than 1,500 Peoria-area Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), as part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate today with a bipartisan vote of 88-11, secured a provision that will establish a minimum inventory for the Air Force's C-130 fleet, ensuring that the Air Force has sufficient C-130 capacity to carry out critical missions domestically as well as overseas. This provision will also safeguard the mission of Peoria's 182nd Airlift Wing, … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Several Key Duckworth Provisions Set to Become Law as Part of 2022 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. Senate on a bipartisan vote of 88-11 today. The FY2022 NDAA, which now heads to the President's desk where he is expected to sign it into law, authorizes funding for the U.S. … Continue Reading


December 14, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Illinois AFL-CIO Leaders on Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Secretary-Treasurer Pat Devaney in addition to members of the labor organization's Executive Board and Building Trades presidents from across the state. During their meeting, the Senators provided an update about funding included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), including the $17 billion in direct and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge VA Medical Centers in Illinois to Adhere to COVID-19 Protocols Following Outbreak at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), wrote to all Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Illinois to urge the facilities to continue to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) COVID-19 guidance and protocol to ensure the health and safety of veterans and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis, Bost Lead Illinois Delegation In Urging White House To Support Emergency Declaration For 28 Counties Following Severe Weather

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) and Mike Bost (R-IL-12) today led every member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Biden urging the White House to support Governor J.B. Pritzker's request for an Emergency Declaration for 28 counties. The letter follows severe weather and tornadoes this past weekend that led to six fatalities from the … Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

At White House, Duckworth Moderates Maternal Health Day of Action Panel Underscoring Urgent Need For Build Back Better Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During the White House's first-ever Maternal Health Day of Action, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) moderated a virtual panel composed of women who have been impacted by the challenges facing our nation's maternal and postpartum care system and health professionals and providers. Duckworth and the panelists discussed their personal experiences and underscored the urgent need to pass the Build Back Better Act to expand high-quality maternal and postpartum care, help end … Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Reauthorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act, which would authorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) until 2038, an additional 15 years past the current expiration date of 2023. The bill would allow Illinoisans and Americans to visit and learn more about the historical and cultural impact of the ALNHA and Lincoln's legacy for years to … Continue Reading


December 05, 2021

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator & Friend Bob Dole

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole: "When I was recovering at Walter Reed, Bob Dole was a patient too. He was 81 years old then, and he had his own private room, but he always did his rehab with the rest of us-cracking jokes and sharing stories about his Army days. I'll always remember how that proud Veteran from an earlier generation took the time-during some of the … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Duckworth-authored Clean Water Provisions Already Delivering for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that just weeks after the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal was signed into law, Illinois will be able to make significant progress in removing lead from drinking water supplies, better protecting families from forever chemicals like PFAS and delivering environmental justice to communities in every corner of the state that have been ignored for too long-all while creating … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, LaHood, Bost, Bustos, Davis Urge FEMA To Review Levee Reimbursement Methodology Across Regions

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), Mike Bost (R-IL-12), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the Agency's headquarters revisit the formulas being used across its regions to calculate Public Assistant reimbursements with regards to pumping costs. In their letter, the lawmakers … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Biden to Designate Cahokia Mounds as Unit of National Park System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to incorporate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site under the National Park System and offer additional protections for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties. In their letter, the Senators call back to Durbin's 2014 request for the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Signed Into Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) joined President Biden at the White House today as he signed their bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act into law to help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans by helping improve care at VA facilities and shed light on the scope of this crisis, particularly among women of color. There are more than half a million women Veterans in our … Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. The resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on the leading factors that contribute to youth homelessness in the United States. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Angus King (I-ME) … Continue Reading


November 20, 2021

Duckworth: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Can Help Cahokia Heights Fix Drinking Water and Wastewater Problems

[CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Cahokia Heights residents from Centreville Citizens for Change, Cahokia Heights Mayor Curtis McCall, Sr., and Illinois American Water's President Justin Ladner to outline how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal can help fix the continued storm water flooding and sanitary sewage issues for Cahokia Heights residents that years of neglect have led to. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which President Biden signed into law … Continue Reading

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