Press Releases

January 19, 2022

Duckworth Urges Senators to Vote for Critical Election Protection & Voting Rights Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the Senate floor this evening, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) urged her colleagues to pass critical legislation that would protect the right to vote and restore integrity in our elections. Duckworth's floor speech comes as Republicans across the nation work to enact restrictive voter suppression laws aimed at silencing people of color and voters with disabilities. In her remarks, Duckworth asked her colleagues to consider John Lewis and countless other patriots who … Continue Reading

January 19, 2022

Duckworth on Republicans Blocking Critical Election Protection & Voting Rights Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans again blocked critical election protection and voting rights legislation from moving forward in the Senate: "I'm deeply disappointed that Republicans once again blocked efforts to protect voting rights and our nation's elections even as Republican officials across the country are leveraging the Big Lie to embark on one of the most aggressive assaults not only on the right to … Continue Reading

January 14, 2022

Ahead of Martin Luther King Day, Duckworth Highlights the Importance of Serving Fellow Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement commemorating the Reverend and honoring his legacy of civil rights activism and service to our communities. The Senator, who has made community service a hallmark of her public life, discussed the importance of serving your nation and community by volunteering, participating in the democratic process and pushing for racial justice. Duckworth will also virtually join … Continue Reading

January 14, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Markey Introduce Legislation to Improve, Assess, And Inform Federal Air Quality Management Strategies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Technology Assessment for Air Quality Management Act, legislation to authorize $55 million over five years for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to annually update and expand its online air quality toolbox with best-available monitoring technologies and associated uses of data, connect the toolbox with … Continue Reading

January 13, 2022

Duckworth Joins Gillibrand, 19 Colleagues in Calling on Biden Administration to Continue and Make Permanent OSHA’s Emergency COVID-19 Protections for Healthcare Workers; Protections Have Been Allowed to Lapse

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the rise of the Omicron variant continues to threaten the safety of our nation's healthcare workforce, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 19 of her colleagues yesterday in a letter calling on the Biden Administration to continue and make permanent the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) emergency COVID-19 protections for healthcare workers. The letter addresses OSHA's announcement at the end of 2021 … Continue Reading

January 12, 2022

Duckworth Speaks with Secretary of the Air Force about Ways to Modernize Aircraft and Better Support Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee, spoke by phone with Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force, about ways we can better support our servicemembers by modernizing aircraft and logistics infrastructure to ensure they have access to the best technology and tools. "I was pleased to speak with Secretary Kendall about the importance of our National Guard and … Continue Reading

January 11, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration Action to Address Coal Ash Pollution

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife, issued the following statement in response to the action taken today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Land and Emergency Management to protect communities from the threat of coal ash. "Coal ash has led to a legacy of contamination throughout the Great Lakes, our state and the entire country. These harmful … Continue Reading

January 11, 2022

Duckworth, Kennedy introduce bill to stop bear poaching

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today introduced the Bear Poaching Elimination Act, which would help protect bears from poaching by ending the trade of their internal organs. "The gruesome bear viscera commercial trade leads to unacceptable abuse of these bears, and I'm proud to join Senator Kennedy to introduce this bipartisan bill that would help put an end to this inhumane practice in the United States and help slow bear poaching and the … Continue Reading

January 04, 2022

Duckworth Highlights 2021 Accomplishments in Year-End Round Up

[WASHINGTON, DC] - As the new year begins, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted several key accomplishments she secured over the last year: "While 2021 was a challenging year for many Illinoisans and Americans across the nation, I'm so proud of what I was able to accomplish by working across the aisle to help cut costs for working families and create good-paying local jobs," said Duckworth. "With the start of the new year, we have new opportunities to deliver on policies that will … Continue Reading

December 22, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Members of Delegation Call On Amazon to Review Safety Procedures Following Collapse of Edwardsville Warehouse

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), Marie Newman (D-IL-03), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL-04), Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Sean Casten (D-IL-06), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), and Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today sent a … Continue Reading

December 22, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud USDA Programs Helping Ensure More Illinoisans Have Reliable Internet and Electricity

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that an infusion of support from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Connect Grants Program and Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program to four Illinois communities and organizations. This federal support will help rural Illinois communities modernize their broadband and electricity infrastructure and make free, reliable Internet accessible for more … Continue Reading

December 22, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud USDA Programs Helping Ensure Communities Across Illinois Have Safe, Clean Water

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that an infusion of support from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program will be awarded to 12 Illinois communities and organizations to help rural communities across the state modernize and protect their … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Duckworth Asks Secretary Austin for Update on Care Provided to Afghan Evacuees Housed at DoD Installations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin asking for an update on the status of the care being provided to Afghan evacuees who are currently being housed at DoD installations across the country. In her letter, Duckworth noted the anecdotal reports she has heard regarding strains to the … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Duckworth Joins Booker, Eight Democratic Colleagues in Calling on U.S. Department of Education to Suspend Wage Garnishment of Student Loan Borrowers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and eight of their U.S. Senate Democratic colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to suspend administrative wage garnishment of student loan borrowers. The letter comes nearly a month before student loan and interest payments are set to resume on January 31, 2022. "Currently, over 9 million borrowers are in default on more than $180 billion in federal student loan debt," wrote … Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $4 Million for America’s Central Port in Granite City

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $4.1 million in federal funding to America's Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, one of the largest freight hubs in the Midwest. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, will support improvements to a berth and cargo transfer location at the port's Granite City Harbor facility. "Support for America's Central Port means moving our state's economy … Continue Reading

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

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