Press Releases

October 04, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $35 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding For Illinois Health Centers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and today announced that 42 Community Health Centers (CHCs) throughout Illinois have been awarded a total of $35.7 million in American Rescue Plan funding to modernize their health care infrastructure and enhance their work to address health disparities in underserved communities. CHCs will use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

In Illinois, Duckworth Commemorates National Manufacturing Day 2021 During MedGyn Tour

[WESTMONT, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today commemorated National Manufacturing Day 2021 during a tour of MedGyn's new manufacturing facility in Westmont, Illinois. During her visit to the women's medical device company, Duckworth also participated in a roundtable with several manufacturing industry leaders including MedGyn CEO and Founder Lakshman Agadi, MedGyn COO Aarathi Singh and Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center President Dave Boulay. Photos from today's tour and meeting … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Success of Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Program with Chicago Music Venue Leaders

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with leaders of the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) to discuss how the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) program that she supported the creation of is helping Chicago's performance venues, as well as the successes and challenges for venue owners as live performances have resumed. Duckworth also toured Schubas Tavern, one of Chicago's historic venues that received funding through the SVOG program. Duckworth met with … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

In Chicago, Duckworth Highlights Importance of Welcoming Afghan Allies And Partners Who Assisted US Mission

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, today met with leaders of several Chicago-area organizations focused on the efforts to resettle Afghan partners and allies who sacrificed for the United States' mission in Afghanistan. Duckworth met with Heartland Alliance Human Care, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Catholic Charities of Chicago, RefugeeOne, World … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

Duckworth, Booker, Ossoff, Schatz, Padilla, and Feinstein Lead 25 Senators to Promote Access to Solar Energy for Low- and Moderate-Income Households

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today led a group of 25 Senators to urge the inclusion of a direct pay option for residential renewable energy property tax credits in Section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (25D). In a letter, the Senators detailed how a direct pay option would help low- and moderate-income (LMI) households install solar energy systems … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

Duckworth Honors Chinese American WWII Veterans at Congressional Gold Medal Award Gala

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, spoke at the Chinese American WWII Veterans' Congressional Gold Medal Award Gala tonight. The gala honors the Chinese American Veterans who received a Congressional Gold Medal for serving our nation in World War II despite facing outright discrimination at home, an honor made possible after Duckworth's Chinese American … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

Duckworth Reiterates Need for Independent, Nonpartisan Review of Afghanistan War at SASC Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During today's U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted the need for a comprehensive, independent review of our nation's 20 years of involvement in Afghanistan as well as the importance of capturing lessons learned and applying those lessons to current and future operations. In her discussion with Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Duckworth also … Continue Reading

September 30, 2021

New Duckworth Bill Would Create Nonpartisan, Independent Afghanistan War Commission to Help Ensure Our Nation Never Makes the Same Mistakes Again

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee, along with U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), today introduced the Afghanistan War Commission Act of 2021 to establish a … Continue Reading

September 29, 2021

Following Duckworth Request, DoD and State Improve SIV Employment Verification to Help Process Afghan Allies More Quickly

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, commended the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State for responding to her request and taking steps to more swiftly verify employment and process Afghan allies who have applied for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. "I'm pleased that the Department of Defense-in coordination with the Department of … Continue Reading

September 29, 2021

Duckworth Emphasizes the Urgency of Addressing the Maternal Mortality Crisis at IDPH’s Virtual Maternal Health Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) stressed the need to address the nation's maternal mortality rates and the importance of supporting policies for new and expecting parents during today's Illinois Department of Public Health Maternal Health Summit. In the virtual event, Duckworth spoke about her years-long efforts to help improve and save the lives of new mothers-especially Black mothers-who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis. "It's simple: we're one of the … Continue Reading

September 29, 2021

Duckworth, Grassley, Wyden Lankford Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Whistleblowers at DOE & NRC

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and James Lankford (R-OK) reintroduced bipartisan legislation today to make sure federal law provides U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) civil servants with the same due process rights provided to corporate employees who experience retaliation for blowing the whistle on nuclear safety violations. The bipartisan Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory … Continue Reading

September 29, 2021

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Supporting Veterans’ Mental Health During Operation Enduring Service Panel Discussion

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emphasized the importance of helping our nation's Veterans protect and improve their mental health as part of an Operation Enduring Service panel discussion hosted by The Mission Continues. During the virtual question and answer session, Duckworth spoke with Army Veteran and Wounded Warrior Project Chief Program Officer Jennifer Silva about her years-long efforts to support the wellbeing of Veterans in Illinois and … Continue Reading

September 28, 2021

As School Restarts, Duckworth Hosts Virtual Town Hall On COVID-19 and Kids

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a virtual town hall tonight to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 in kids and how we can best keep our children safe as they resume in-person learning. Duckworth was joined by a panel of experts from Lurie Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago to help answer questions, including Dr. John Walkup, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health; Dr. Ravi Jhaveri, MD, Interim Division Head of Infectious Disease; … Continue Reading

September 28, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $590,000 to Chicago State University

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $587,729 in federal funding to Chicago State University. This funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Predominantly Black Institutions Program will assist the university in implementing their Resiliency and Capacity Expansion for Student Success in the Health Professions (RECESS-HP) program. Chicago State, located on Chicago's South Side, is Illinois' only four-year U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

September 28, 2021

Duckworth Joins Bustos, Axne, Craig, Klobuchar in Urging Administration to Increase Biofuels Usage

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Cindy Axne (D-IA-03), Angie Craig (D-MN-02) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in a letter urging the Administration to increase biofuels usage and reject any reduction in biofuel blending requirements. "We have strong reservations about the potential for the Administration to destroy over 5 billion gallons of biofuel volume from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 RVOs. This action would … Continue Reading

September 28, 2021

Duckworth: We Need a Comprehensive, Independent and Honest Review of Our Nation’s Involvement in Afghanistan Since 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During today's U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and US. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Kenneth McKenzie, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) advocated for a comprehensive, expansive and bipartisan examination of the lessons learned from our nation's 20 years of involvement in Afghanistan and announced that she will be introducing … Continue Reading

September 27, 2021

Duckworth Statement after Republicans Blocked Passage of Bill to Keep Government Open and Avoid Economic Catastrophe

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked passage of a bill that would fund the government through December 3, 2021, and lift the debt ceiling to avoid a default and global economic disaster: "As members of Congress, it's our job to do what's best for the people of this country. Republicans have completely abdicated that responsibility by blocking the CR and refusing to lift the debt ceiling, which has historically … Continue Reading

September 23, 2021

Duckworth Emphasizes Importance of Military Logistics & Capacity Readiness in General Van Ovost’s Nomination Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing for the nomination of General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost to serve as Commander of the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed the importance of enhanced mobility and logistics capabilities for the overall operational readiness of our military. Duckworth also applauded TRANSCOM's monumental efforts in the Afghanistan airlift, including … Continue Reading

September 23, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Incentive Pay Parity with Director of the Army National Guard, Jon Jensen

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Lieutenant General Jon Jensen, the Director of the Army National Guard. Duckworth and Jensen discussed the modernization of the General Jones Armory in Chicago, incentive pay parity for National Guard members and ongoing National Guard operations-including wildfire response and COVID-19 support. "I had a productive discussion today with LTG Jensen today about his priorities for the National Guard, as well as my push to … Continue Reading

September 23, 2021

Duckworth, Casten Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Educational Support Professionals Access Benefits Through FMLA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-IL-06) reintroduced the bipartisan ESP Family Leave Act, which would update the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help more educational support professionals (ESP) at schools-teacher's assistants, custodians and maintenance staff, among others-access its benefits without the risk of losing their job. "No one should have to choose between their job and caring for a sick child or family … Continue Reading

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