Press Releases

March 08, 2017

Duckworth & Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers Discuss Improving Lock-and-Dam Systems

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with several representatives of the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday, including its Commander, Colonel Craig Baumgartner, to discuss the need to invest in our aging lock-and-dam systems. "Colonel Baumgartner and I had a great discussion about the need to create a stronger inland waterway system by upgrading our locks-and-dams along the Upper Mississippi River, many of which are outdated and unable to … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth Discusses Military’s Handling of Sexual Predators with Air Force Generals

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed the United States Armed Forces' handling of sexually predatory behavior in its ranks with the commanders of the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPR) yesterday. During her meeting with Air Force Major General James Johnson and Air Force Major General Roosevelt Allen (photo available here), Duckworth also learned about the Air Force's efforts to address and prevent sexual assault in the service. "As the … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Greater Chicago Food Depository, Highlights Need to Eliminate Hunger

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with representatives of the Greater Chicago Food Depository yesterday to discuss the importance of federal nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Duckworth has been a strong supporter of SNAP, which provides millions of children and families with critical support to curb domestic hunger. A photo of the meeting is available here. "The Greater Chicago Food Depository's work combines two issues … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Duckworth Commemorates “Day Without A Woman,” Celebrates International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON, DC - On International Women's Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recognized "A Day Without A Woman" by wearing red and continuing her work to advance all women's rights, including the rights of those who do not have the ability to take even a single day off of work-women who are mothers, those who can't afford missing a paycheck and those whose employers do not offer paid leave. In solidarity with the women and men participating in the events surrounding the "Day Without A … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Bill to Support Illinois Jobs Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Just 64 days after U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was sworn in, the United States Senate unanimously passed the first bill she proposed in the chamber. Duckworth's new bipartisan bill would support Illinois jobs and protect infrastructure projects from needless bureaucratic delays by rolling back a misguided U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rule that enables the governors of Wisconsin and Indiana to delay or block infrastructure improvements around Chicagoland. To … Continue Reading

March 07, 2017

Duckworth Meets With Illinois Farm Bureau

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met today with members of the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss the important role Illinois farmers play in both the state and national economy, as well the need for greater investments in agriculture and critical infrastructure. A photo of today's meeting is available here and b-roll of today's meeting is available upon request. "As a Black Hawk pilot in Iraq, I saw firsthand the painful price this nation pays because of our reliance on … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Duckworth Statement on the President’s Newest Discriminatory Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the executive order signed by the President today restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries: "Just like his last Muslim ban, this executive order plays into our enemy's hands by giving them a propaganda tool to spread a false narrative about the United States hating Muslims. This ban will not make our country safer and betrays the American values those of us who served in uniform fought … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Duckworth Named Ranking Member of Subcommittee Overseeing Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement and Preventing Lead Contamination

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has been tapped to serve as Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, which is tasked with ensuring clean water and helping prevent lead contamination of water systems. Duckworth also secured assignments on the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, which offer important platforms for her to advocate for Illinois's … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Comments by Congressman Bost

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to comments Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL) made this week comparing town halls to "cleansing" by "orientals," U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Congressman Bost's remarks are offensive and hurtful to Asian Americans and Asians around the world. In addition to owing his constituents a sincere apology, he should put more thought into his words in the future. Racism has no place in American political … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Bipartisan Duckworth Bill Would Protect Transportation & Infrastructure Jobs in Illinois, Across America

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Illinois jobs by making sure the state's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) can effectively plan and implement local transportation and infrastructure projects without undue interference from Washington. Duckworth's new legislation cuts red tape by rolling back a misguided U.S. Department of Transportation rule that wouldcreate a massive and complex bureaucratic planning process … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Duckworth Meets With Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met yesterday with former Governor Sonny Perdue, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following the meeting, Senator Duckworth released the following statement: "Governor Perdue and I had a substantive conversation on subjects ranging from the importance of Illinois agriculture to the strength of our nation to how we can help Veterans enter or return to farming so they can work the land they fought to … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Durbin & Duckworth Host First 2017 Illinois Constituent Coffee

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted the first Illinois Constituent Coffee of the 115th Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of a tradition started by U.S. Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) in 1985. "It's important for me to hear directly from the people I represent," said Senator Duckworth. "I'm grateful that I could meet with constituents this morning over coffee and donuts to discuss the needs of hardworking Illinois families alongside my dear … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Duckworth: Sessions Cannot Impartially Investigate Trump Ties to Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement today regarding reports that Attorney General Sessions may have misled Congress during his confirmation hearing regarding his contact with Russian government officials: "After just 24 days on the job, the President's National Security Advisor was forced to resign over his reported collusion with the Russian government. Now, a mere 42 days into the Trump Presidency, his Attorney General faces serious … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump's first address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight: "Since taking office President Trump's record has been divisive and disheartening, but I remained hopeful that he would view tonight as an opportunity to present the American people with a more positive and inclusive message to move us forward as a nation. Despite initial indications, vague platitudes about a bipartisan … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Duckworth to Trump: You’re Wrong—My Buddies and I “Fought to Win” in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After President Trump said the United States Armed Forces "don't fight to win" yesterday, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following reaction: "Not only are the President's remarks not truthful, they are offensive to every man and woman who has ever worn this great nation's uniform-including thousands currently deployed and in danger. For someone who has never served and thinks he knows more than Generals with real combat experience to say … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Duckworth to Host Iraqi-American Former U.S Military Translator for President Trump’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host Abdulla Sindi as her guest at President Donald Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight. Sindi was forced to flee for his life from the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he was born after he worked with U.S. forces to enforce the no-fly zone following Operation Desert Storm. Though he would not have been able to enter the United States of America had a travel ban similar to President Trump's been in place at the time, … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Duckworth Previews President Trump’s First Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of the President's Address to a Joint Session of Congress, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released a statement calling on the President to follow up on his promises to serve hardworking families and offer a positive vision for our country. Duckworth delivered her statement alongside her guest at President Trump's address tonight, Abdulla Sindi. The statement in high definition is available here and the transcript is available below: "The American people … Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Transportation Roundtable in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable today with a number of elected officials, local leaders and officials representing local and regional transportation agencies around Chicagoland to discuss their efforts to expand public transit and support infrastructure projects. Duckworth also discussed the importance of projects like the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, designed to increase the efficiency of the region's … Continue Reading

February 25, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Infrastructure Roundtable in Quincy

QUINCY, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held a roundtable today with local leaders in Quincy, Illinois, to discuss the importance of rebuilding and modernizing Illinois's infrastructure to create jobs, protect children from lead contamination and improve transportation systems statewide. Duckworth, who serves the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, also highlighted her goals to support infrastructure projects in Quincy and … Continue Reading

February 24, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Western Illinois University Leaders & Discusses College Affordability

MACOMB, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Western Illinois University (WIU) leaders today to discuss college affordability issues and hear about how she can best serve WIU and its students as Illinois's newest Senator. Duckworth toured the campus and commended WIU for its designation as a "Best for Vets College." The school currently has 555 students who are Veterans or Servicemembers. A photo of the meeting is available here. "It was great to meet with the leadership of WIU … Continue Reading

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