Press Releases

October 18, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Murphy, Senators Call for Humanitarian Aid to Address Emergency Needs in Gaza

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), led 28 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to lead the international community in contributing to the United Nations’ emergency appeal of $294 million to address the immediate humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza.  Today, President Biden announced significant humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in those areas.  Duckworth and … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Ambassador to Israel 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 the nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, a critical position that must be filled as soon as possible to help in our nation’s efforts to support the innocent civilians caught in the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza. Photos of the Senator’s meeting are available here. “The innocent children and civilians—Israelis, … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

As Winter Approaches, Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Help Reduce Energy Costs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined a group of 26 lawmakers, led by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in sending a bipartisan letter calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take additional steps to reduce energy costs for Americans through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

Duckworth Calls for Widespread Access to RSV Immunization for Young Children

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As millions of families continue to be at risk of infection during the fall and winter months, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging the President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to help increase widespread access to nirsevimab for prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) under many common health insurance coverage plans for infants and children. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) already notifying our nation’s … Continue Reading


October 15, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Anti-Muslim Hate Crime in Plainfield

[PLAINFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement on the violent hate crime committed against Wadea Al-Fayoume and his mother in Plainfield this weekend: "I’m disgusted by this horrific violent hate crime that targeted an innocent Illinois mother and child because they are Muslim. I condemn the barbaric, cold-blooded murder of six year old Wadea Al-Fayoume and hope the bigoted attacker is brought to justice. Illinoisans must come together and stand with our … Continue Reading


October 13, 2023

Duckworth, Markey, Grijalva, Lee Urge White House to Include Strong Climate, EJ Provisions in Recent NEPA Updates

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-chair and co-founder of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus—along with U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-07) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-12)—led 94 members of Congress in sending a letter to the White House’s Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) to express support for the Biden Administration’s recently proposed National … Continue Reading


October 13, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Foster Announce Up To $1 Billion For Midwest Alliance For Clean Hydrogen's Production And Distribution Hub

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11) today announced up to $1 billion in federal funding for the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen’s (MachH2) regional clean hydrogen production and distribution hub (H2Hub) through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program, funded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). “Illinois is a leader in clean … Continue Reading


October 12, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Members of Illinois Delegation Urge President Biden to Provide Illinois with the Necessary Resources to Receive Asylum Seekers

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led members of the Illinois Democratic Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to provide Illinois and the City of Chicago with the necessary resources to receive asylum seekers in a safe and orderly fashion. In the letter, the lawmakers call for government-wide provision of resources, … Continue Reading


October 12, 2023

Highlighting Illinois’s Role as Clean Energy Leader, Duckworth Leads Official Visit to United Kingdom

[LONDON, U.K.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is leading an official visit to the United Kingdom to meet with government and energy industry leaders, highlighting Illinois’s role as a clean energy leader in an effort to strengthen diplomatic ties and promote partnerships that could boost both Illinois’s and the UK’s economies. Duckworth emphasized Illinois’s strength and benefits for greater manufacturing investments, nuclear … Continue Reading


October 12, 2023

During Official Visit to Romania, Duckworth Meets with Illinois National Guard Troops

[BUCHAREST, ROMANIA] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, this week met with Illinois Army National Guard members currently working in Romania to help advise and assist members of the Romanian military. As one of our NATO allies bordering Ukraine, maintaining and strengthening Romania’s national security is critical to helping protect the region and strengthen our allies as Vladimir Putin continues his … Continue Reading


October 11, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Continuing Violence in Israel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement on the ongoing violence in Israel: “The unmistakable terrorism we’ve seen since Saturday’s coordinated attacks—which left more Jews dead than any single day since the Holocaust—is pure evil, and the United States stands in unwavering solidarity with Israel and its absolute right to defend itself and its people … Continue Reading


October 11, 2023

In Romania, Duckworth Reiterates U.S. Commitment to NATO & Need for Continued Support to Ukraine

[BUCHAREST, ROMANIA] - On an official visit to Europe this week, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to Romania and all members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as Vladimir Putin continues his unjustified and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine. During discussions with Romanian parliamentarians, the Minister of Defense, the Secretary of State for … Continue Reading


October 07, 2023

Duckworth Statement on the Ongoing Hamas Terrorist Attack Against Israel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement after Hamas launched a horrific, coordinated attack against the people of Israel: “My heart goes out to the people of Israel as they face these horrific, unconscionable and ongoing coordinated Hamas attacks and kidnappings on Simchat Torah. The United States stands with Israel and its right to defend itself. The … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Letter to President Biden on U.S. Role in Potential Normalization Agreement Between Saudi Arabia and Israel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Peter Welch (D-VT) in leading 15 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden, expressing their support for the prospect of normalization and sharing their views on the parameters of the United States’ involvement in a potential normalization agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israel.  The Senators … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Duckworth, Warren, Thompson, Ramirez Reintroduce Legislation to Address Systemic Inequities in Federal Disaster Response

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS-02) and U.S. Representative Delia C. Ramirez (D-IL-03) to reintroduce the Federal Emergency Management Advancement of Equity Act (or FEMA Equity Act) to address systemic inequities in the federal government’s response to disasters and how it distributes assistance. The legislation follows a … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Duckworth Pushes for FAA Nominee to Uphold Pilot Training Certification Standards Like the 1,500-Hour Rule, Prioritize Aviation Safety

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) nominations hearing for Michael Whitaker to serve as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—pushed for Whitaker to uphold the highest standards for airline transport pilot certification, including the 1,500-hour rule, if he is confirmed. In her remarks, … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Brown, Senators Call for Immediate Legislative Action to Support Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led five other Senators in a letter urging U.S. Senate and House leaders and the Chair and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees to immediately advance legislation that will provide critical and sustained security and economic support for Ukraine. Duckworth is a member of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Illinois Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Illinois Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch to discuss Illinois’ humanitarian response to the arrival of more than 15,000 migrants.  During their meeting, Duckworth, Durbin and Speaker Welch spoke about the need for the Biden Administration to offer critical support to Illinois as it responds to migrants arriving in the state.  Duckworth and Durbin reaffirmed their … Continue Reading


October 03, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Hotel Accessibility Supreme Court Case that Threatens ADA Enforcement Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement in advance of the Supreme Court hearing arguments in Acheson Hotels, LLC v. Deborah Laufer tomorrow. The Court’s decision could take away a valuable tool that helps ensure those in violation of the ADA can be held accountable for those violations. “This case isn’t just about legal standing, it’s about whether Americans with disabilities should be forced to travel hundreds of miles to find out if a hotel they … Continue Reading


October 03, 2023

Duckworth Calls for House Republicans to Help Ensure Uninterrupted Aid to Ukraine

[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—joined her Democratic colleagues, retired military leaders and Veterans with VoteVets to call on Congress to pass immediate additional aid for our partner in Ukraine—funding which House Republicans refused to include in the bipartisan Continuing Resolution that Congress passed to avert a government shutdown over the weekend. In her … Continue Reading

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