Press Releases

May 01, 2024

Aviation Safety Subcommittee Chair Duckworth Underscores Urgent Need to Pass Bipartisan Senate FAA Reauthorization Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)— a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—underscored the urgent need for the Senate to pass the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act ahead of the May 10th authorization deadline. This bipartisan compromise package would help modernize the FAA, alleviate the continuing aviation … Continue Reading


May 01, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Central Illinois Priorities with Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council to discuss her efforts to help local businesses expand and recruit new job-creators to McLean County to better position the region to grow and prosper for years to come. A photo of the meeting can be found on Senator Duckworth’s website. “It was great to meet with the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council to learn more about their priorities and discuss my work … Continue Reading


April 30, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Illinois Priorities with Champaign County First Coalition

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with the Champaign County First Coalition to discuss current projects and initiatives that would improve quality of life for residents of Champaign County and spur economic development in the region. During the meeting, Duckworth also discussed her work to deliver federal infrastructure and job investments to central Illinois, including investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and she also reiterated her … Continue Reading


April 30, 2024

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration for Prioritizing Environmental Justice in NEPA Phase II Update

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—co-founder and co-chair of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus—issued the following statement after the Biden Administration’s Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) took action to include strong climate change and environmental justice considerations in its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) final update to Phase II regulations. Senator Duckworth and House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl … Continue Reading


April 25, 2024

Duckworth, Luján, Colleagues Applaud FCC Vote to Restore Net Neutrality

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)—Chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband—and U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Peter Welch (D-VT), Angus King (I-ME), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement applauding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to restore net neutrality: “We applaud the leadership of … Continue Reading


April 24, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud Nomination of April Perry to be Federal District Court Judge 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 released the following statement after the White House announced its intent to nominate April Perry to be a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois: “We are pleased that President Biden is nominating April Perry to be a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois.  She brings strong … Continue Reading


April 23, 2024

Duckworth Again Votes to Pass Bipartisan National Security Supplemental Package That Will Help Bolster American Readiness and Support American Allies and Partners

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—issued the following statement after the Senate voted 79-18 to send the bipartisan national security aid package providing additional support for our partners and allies and strengthening American military readiness to the President’s desk for his signature: “After months of needless delay by House Republicans that only served to … Continue Reading


April 23, 2024

Duckworth, Connolly Lead 176 Members of Congress in Push to Ensure Federal Workers’ Health Insurance Carriers Cover IVF Treatment and Medication

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) led 176 of their colleagues in urging the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to help ensure all insurance carriers in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program—the largest employer-sponsored health insurance plan in the world —cover IVF medical treatments and medications in plan year 2025. “For plan year 2024, OPM succeeded in providing Federal employees with 24 FEHB plan … Continue Reading


April 23, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Baldwin in Calling Out USPS Leadership for Unsustainable Price Hikes and Poor Service

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Americans learn of another postal rate increase that will see Forever stamps cost 73 cents each, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Rob Wyden (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) in pushing for change at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to protect the jobs, businesses and Americans who rely on the Postal Service. In a letter to the USPS Board … Continue Reading


April 22, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for Improvements at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 3

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today attended the groundbreaking ceremony for O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 3 improvements project. Roughly 45 percent of the $300 million Terminal 3 project will be financed through two Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Terminal Program (ATP) grants totaling $90 million, which Durbin and Duckworth helped secure; a 2023 grant of $50 million and a 2024 grant of $40 million. … Continue Reading


April 22, 2024

On Earth Day, Environmental Justice Caucus Co-Founders & Co-Chairs Duckworth, Carper and Booker Celebrate Caucus’s 5th Birthday, Urge Additional Funding for Environmental Justice Initiatives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the fifth birthday of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, which was founded on Earth Day in 2019, the Caucus’s co-founders and co-chairs U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE)—Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW)—and Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement commemorating this historic milestone and announced a new effort to support President Biden’s Justice40 initiative aimed at helping address … Continue Reading


April 22, 2024

On Earth Day, Duckworth Discusses Environmental Justice Issues with Blacks in Green Leadership on Chicago’s South Side

[CHICAGO, IL] - On Earth Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—co-founder and co-chair of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus—met with leadership from the Blacks in Green (BIG) organization on Chicago’s South Side to discuss the importance of advancing environmental justice, promoting health equity and building a greener, more sustainable economy for all Illinoisans. During her visit, Duckworth toured BIG’s signature Sustainable Square Mile, which is a forward-thinking … Continue Reading


April 22, 2024

Duckworth Touts $2.3 Million in Federal Funding She Secured for Green Era Campus

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Green Era Campus in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood to highlight and discuss the $2,367,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally Directed Spending Request for the South Side nonprofit. The funding Duckworth requested and successfully secured will help Green Era transform 9 acres of brownfields in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood into a center for organics recycling, green energy and jobs as well as fresh … Continue Reading


April 19, 2024

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration Decision to Sell E15 Gasoline During Summer Driving Season, Helping Cut Cost of Gas For Working Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s announcement that the U.S. will temporarily allow the sale of E15 gasoline during the driving season this summer to help lower costs for working Americans while providing a cleaner, more affordable option at the pump: “I’m glad President Biden heeded our call to help lower prices at the pump for working families by allowing for the sale … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Duckworth, Cardin, Merkley, Booker, Van Hollen Introduce Resolution to Tackle Toxic Lead Exposure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chair of Subcommittee on the Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the introduction of a resolution calling on the United States to invest in ending toxic lead … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Duckworth, Booker Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Disaster Response and Recovery Plans in Prisons

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today re-introduced legislation that would ensure prison disaster response and recovery plans protect the health, safety and civil rights of incarcerated individuals during natural disasters and public health emergencies. The Correctional Facility Disaster Preparedness Act would require the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide an annual damage assessment report after a presidential disaster declaration, require the … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Conduct Special Resources Study on Cahokia Mounds

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture Study Act to require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a Special Resources Study (SRS) on Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and its satellite sites.  Durbin and Duckworth have long pushed for Cahokia Mounds to receive a National Historical Site designation from NPS, but in a congressional hearing last Congress, NPS indicated that a SRS must … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Duckworth, Booker Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Disaster Response and Recovery Plans in Prisons

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today re-introduced legislation that would ensure prison disaster response and recovery plans protect the health, safety and civil rights of incarcerated individuals during natural disasters and public health emergencies. The Correctional Facility Disaster Preparedness Act would require the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide an annual damage assessment report after a presidential disaster declaration, require the … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois National Guard Leaders

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—met with the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Major General Richard Neely, ILNG Assistant Adjutant General & Air Commander Brigadier General Daniel McDonough as well as other ILNG leaders to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the Illinois National Guard as our nation continues to face multiple threats and global security challenges overseas. Among other … Continue Reading


April 17, 2024

Duckworth: We Need to Judge Boeing by What It Does, Not By What It Says

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a 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—sharply criticized Boeing’s repeated bad behaviors relating to the 737 MAX program, outlining several examples of the aerospace giant failing to live up to its claim that it prioritizes safety above all else. During today’s CST hearing on the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading

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