Press Releases

May 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss COVID-19 Impact with Illinois Municipal League

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with the Illinois Municipal League about the financial strains the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on state and local governments. On the call, Durbin and Duckworth discussed provisions in the recently introduced Heroes Act that would offer fiscal relief to localities of all sizes to replace the over $10 billion drop in state and local revenues expected by next July. The bill also proposes changes to the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Duckworth and Durbin Join Klobuchar, Murray and Colleagues in Urging Administration to Keep Voters and Election Officials Safe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with jurisdiction over federal elections, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and 23 colleagues in a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calling on the Administration to issue updated and comprehensive … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Telehealth Funding for Chicago Area Healthcare Providers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that three Chicago-area healthcare providers have been awarded federal funding to provide telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which was awarded through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau, was appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "Expanding the reach of Illinois's healthcare … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Duckworth, Underwood Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Veterans’ Health Care Costs and Protect Their Access to Health Care During COVID19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce health care costs and ensure parity for Veterans impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. The No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act would make sure that Veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Duckworth and Colleagues Call for Creation of New Fund to Support Essential Frontline Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wrote to Congressional leadership calling for the creation of a federal fund to reimburse essential frontline workers for costs incurred while serving the American public during the pandemic. The Essential Frontline Worker Compensation Fund would help workers safely stay on the job and afford medical costs, … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Several Duckworth Priorities Included in House Democrats’ New COVID-19 Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled the next COVID-19 relief package, the Heroes Act, as well as highlighted several priorities she successfully worked to include in the proposal:“Despite Republicans saying they have ‘yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately’ to help lift Americans out of this crisis, Congressional Democrats hear the millions of struggling families loud and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $14 Million to Expand Behavioral Health Service, Strengthen COVID-19 Response

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that four treatment providers and community health clinics in Illinois will receive a total of $14 million in federal grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand behavioral health care services and help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants - which are partially funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - will be … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce VoteSafe Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC-6) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11) to introduce the VoteSafe Act, legislation to expand voting options and improve the safety and accessibility of polling places across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. "COVID19's persistence, and the possibility of a fall resurgence, have made it abundantly clear that we must prepare for an Election Day … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Senators Duckworth and Markey Introduce New Legislation to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program Reaches More Small Businesses of Color

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA), members of the Small Business and & Entrepreneurship Committee, announced legislation to appropriate Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding better targeted towards small businesses of color. Minority-owned small businesses have been disproportionally shut out from the existing PPP due to a lack of existing banking relationships and needs for smaller loan amounts. The lack of SBA data on demographics for … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth Hosts Community Health Centers Conference Call on COVID-19 Challenges

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke by phone with community health center leaders from across Illinois today to discuss the challenges faced by these health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Duckworth spoke with leaders from the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Howard Brown Health in Chicago, Heartland Health Services in Peoria and Shawnee Health Service in Carterville. During the call, Duckworth highlighted priorities she will push for in a future … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey and Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet during Coronavirus Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 37 colleagues to introduce the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth Joins Bicameral Effort to Address COVID-19’s Impact on Communities Plagued by Environmental Injustice

[WASHINGTON, DC] - As Congress considers additional funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Senate and House have introduced legislation seeking to address the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has on communities experiencing environmental injustices. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE), founding members of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, introduced legislation that would provide $50 million for … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Casey, Colleagues Push to Expand Food Delivery for SNAP Recipients During Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Bob Casey (D-PA) and a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented rise in unemployment and a subsequent increase in demand for food … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth & Scott Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced bipartisan legislation today to ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. Currently, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020, must wait … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth Pushes DoD to Improve Guidance on Allowing COVID-19 Survivors to Serve in Military

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to express her concern over interim Department of Defense guidance that would block some survivors of COVID-19 from joining the military. In her letter, Duckworth urges DoD to consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin developing long-term … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $25 Million in Federal Funding to Help Illinois Health Centers Expand Covid-19 Testing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $25,226,505 in federal grants to support expanded COVID-19 testing at 45 Community Health Centers (CHCs) across the state. This funding comes from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which was signed into law on April 24th. Congressional Democrats fought to ensure that this legislation included a total of $25 billion in new funding to help … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth Calls on Independent Watchdog to Investigate FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) requested the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigate FEMA's Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, including Project Air Bridge, to ensure compliance with federal law in distributing critical medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public reporting has shown possible evidence of mismanagement and secrecy around Project Air Bridge and raised concerns regarding the Task Force's ability … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Duckworth & Scott Announce Bipartisan Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) announced a bipartisan proposal to ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. Currently, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020, must wait until they file taxes in calendar year 2021 to receive those payments due to … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Metro East Faith Leaders About COVID-19 Response & Environmental Justice Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, spoke by phone today with leaders of United Congregations of Metro East to discuss issues faced by members of the Metro East faith-based community. During the call, Duckworth highlighted priorities she will push for in future COVID-19 relief legislation, such as increased funding for communities facing environmental justice issues, as well as work she's done at the … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Duckworth, Schneider Call on Congressional Leadership to Include Aid for Nuclear-Affected Communities in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Congress considers additional funding to support the U.S. response to the economic and public health dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) called on Congressional leadership to include their legislation to assist nuclear-affected communities. The Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act would provide financial assistance to the communities around … Continue Reading

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