Press Releases

September 30, 2023

Duckworth Statement After Senate Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan funding deal that would keep the government open and spare working families from the pain of a shutdown: “I’m relieved that at the last second today, after weeks of refusing to negotiate a compromise that could keep our government open, House Republicans finally allowed a vote on a bipartisan proposal that is free of any extreme MAGA poison pills—which Congress has now … Continue Reading


September 29, 2023

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement on the passing of her friend and colleague, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “Our nation mourns a giant today. Dianne Feinstein was an inspiring, inspired woman who devoted her life to public service, shattering glass ceiling after glass ceiling and blazing a path for generations of women like me to follow. “Her career was full of so many firsts—first female mayor of San Francisco, first female U.S. … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Duckworth, Sarbanes, Sessions Reintroduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Help Make Websites and Software Applications Accessible for Americans with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD-03) and U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX-17) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help break down the significant barriers that Americans with disabilities continue to face when accessing websites and software applications. The Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act would build on the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—passed over 33 years … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Duckworth Secures Commitment from DoD Nominee to Help Strengthen Military Coordination with Southeast Asian Partners

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing today on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) nominees, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured a commitment from nominee to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Derek Chollet to help prioritize funding and resources for programs aimed at strengthening military coordination in Southeast Asia. These critical efforts would build on the success of a military cybersecurity partnership with … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Duckworth Pushes for Aviation Safety at Aero Club Luncheon

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—joined the Aero Club Luncheon fireside chat with key leaders in the aviation industry where she underscored the ways we should improve aviation safety, expand accessibility for passengers with disabilities and support our aviation workforce in the Senate FAA … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Funding to Kaskaskia Regional Port District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $1,008,750 in federal funding to Kaskaskia Regional Port District, located in Red Bud, IL, and one of the largest inland ports in the country. Today’s federal investment through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration’s America’s Marine Highway Program will support the purchase of eight shuttle cars to make cargo movement more efficient and reduce congestion. “Located … Continue Reading


September 28, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $1 Million for Child Care Programs on UIC, Harper Campuses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced federal support for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and William Rainey Harper College in Palatine from the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS), which helps student parents, who make up more than one quarter of all college students in America, access affordable child care. Harper College will receive $499,620 … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Strengthening Air Mobility with Air Mobility Command Leader

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Army Blackhawk pilot who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years—met with the commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), General Mike Minihan, to discuss how we can best implement our air mobility strategy at home and abroad. In addition to reiterating her commitment to supporting AMC, which is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Duckworth also discussed … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

Duckworth Urges Veterans to Apply for New PACT Act Benefits Before VA Open Enrollment Deadline

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of the September 30 deadline, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging all post-9/11 Veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service to apply for free healthcare and benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s one-year special open enrollment period. These new, expanded benefits for post-9/11 Veterans discharged more than 10 years ago were established under the PACT Act. A video of Senator Duckworth urging … Continue Reading


September 26, 2023

Duckworth Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Landmark Rehabilitation Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) celebrated the 50th anniversary the landmark Rehabilitation Act, which prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities in federally-funded programs decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act was enshrined into law: “On the long, winding path to full accessibility and inclusion in America, the landmark Rehabilitation Act cannot be overstated. Not only did it first chip away at the barrier of exclusion by finally … Continue Reading


September 26, 2023

Duckworth Announces $139 Million For Cleaner Water In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will receive an additional $139,698,000 in grant funding to help get lead and other contaminants out of our state’s drinking water and to substantially boost the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), thanks to her Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA), which she authored and was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Illinois leads … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth Statement After Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, 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 she and her Senate colleagues met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hear about Ukraine’s ongoing fight against Russia’s outrageous and unprovoked invasion: “One thing remains clear: Ukraine has to win this war and Russia has to lose it. It was important to get President Zelensky’s … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth Statement on UAW Workers’ Strike

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after United Auto Workers (UAW) announced their strike against General Motors, Stellantis and Ford: “For years, auto executive wages have skyrocketed while raking in billions in corporate profits, but the workers on the assembly line actually creating those profits have been asked to sacrifice their own pay while seeing their plants shuttered and communities devastated. United Auto Workers is fighting for a … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $5 Million To Support Dislocated Workers

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $5,000,000 for the Illinois Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Dislocated Worker Grant Program to support unemployed and underemployed people access, return to or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Wyden, 28 Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Recognize September As National Voting Rights Month

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 28 Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing September as “National Voting Rights Month.” Along with Wyden, U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) led the bicameral effort. “Voting is a fundamental pillar of our democracy, and our democracy is stronger when every voice is heard,” said Duckworth. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth Highlights Her Efforts to Bring Investments, Jobs to Illinois at City Club

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, today discussed her successful efforts on the international stage to strengthen economic ties between Illinois and the Indo-Pacific and bring major investments to our state during a fireside chat hosted by City Club Chicago. Duckworth has led a series of Congressional Delegation trips to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and more to highlight the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $2.3 Million To Support Hispanic-Serving Institutions

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $2,388,667 for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) through the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities and support for Hispanic students. “Illinois’s future becomes brighter when all communities can access opportunities for higher education,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to help … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Bill to Establish Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument to Be Considered by Full Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) celebrated the progress of their Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument Act after the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today favorably reported the bill out of committee. This bill now can be considered by the full Senate, bringing this legislation closer to becoming law and preserving this critically important moment in American history as a national … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth, Cramer Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Families Experiencing Diaper Need

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to make it easier for low-income families to afford the diapers they need. The End Diaper Need Act of 2023 would help assist low-income families to address diaper need by providing targeted funding for states, territories and other eligible entities working on this issue. This effort comes after Duckworth and Cramer successfully secured $20 million in the final fiscal … Continue Reading


September 21, 2023

Duckworth Meets with FAA Administrator Nominee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—met virtually with Federal Aviation Administrator nominee Michael Whitaker to discuss many critical issues facing our aviation industry. During their meeting, Duckworth reiterated her strong disapproval of efforts to weaken the 1,500-hour rule and jeopardize the safety of the … Continue Reading

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