Press Releases

December 15, 2021

Duckworth Creates Nonpartisan, Independent Afghanistan War Commission as Part of 2022 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to create a nonpartisan commission to study the war in Afghanistan is set to become law after the Senate passed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 88-11 today. This modified version of Duckworth's Afghanistan War Commission Act will establish a nonpartisan, independent commission to examine every aspect of the war in Afghanistan in order to produce actionable recommendations … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Senate Passes Duckworth Provision to Safeguard 182nd Airlift Wing’s Mission & Protect More Than 1,500 Peoria-area Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), as part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate today with a bipartisan vote of 88-11, secured a provision that will establish a minimum inventory for the Air Force's C-130 fleet, ensuring that the Air Force has sufficient C-130 capacity to carry out critical missions domestically as well as overseas. This provision will also safeguard the mission of Peoria's 182nd Airlift Wing, … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Several Key Duckworth Provisions Set to Become Law as Part of 2022 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. Senate on a bipartisan vote of 88-11 today. The FY2022 NDAA, which now heads to the President's desk where he is expected to sign it into law, authorizes funding for the U.S. … Continue Reading

December 14, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Illinois AFL-CIO Leaders on Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Secretary-Treasurer Pat Devaney in addition to members of the labor organization's Executive Board and Building Trades presidents from across the state. During their meeting, the Senators provided an update about funding included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), including the $17 billion in direct and … Continue Reading

December 13, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge VA Medical Centers in Illinois to Adhere to COVID-19 Protocols Following Outbreak at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), wrote to all Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Illinois to urge the facilities to continue to follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) COVID-19 guidance and protocol to ensure the health and safety of veterans and … Continue Reading

December 13, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis, Bost Lead Illinois Delegation In Urging White House To Support Emergency Declaration For 28 Counties Following Severe Weather

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) and Mike Bost (R-IL-12) today led every member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Biden urging the White House to support Governor J.B. Pritzker's request for an Emergency Declaration for 28 counties. The letter follows severe weather and tornadoes this past weekend that led to six fatalities from the … Continue Reading

December 07, 2021

At White House, Duckworth Moderates Maternal Health Day of Action Panel Underscoring Urgent Need For Build Back Better Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During the White House's first-ever Maternal Health Day of Action, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) moderated a virtual panel composed of women who have been impacted by the challenges facing our nation's maternal and postpartum care system and health professionals and providers. Duckworth and the panelists discussed their personal experiences and underscored the urgent need to pass the Build Back Better Act to expand high-quality maternal and postpartum care, help end … Continue Reading

December 06, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Reauthorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act, which would authorize the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) until 2038, an additional 15 years past the current expiration date of 2023. The bill would allow Illinoisans and Americans to visit and learn more about the historical and cultural impact of the ALNHA and Lincoln's legacy for years to … Continue Reading

December 05, 2021

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator & Friend Bob Dole

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole: "When I was recovering at Walter Reed, Bob Dole was a patient too. He was 81 years old then, and he had his own private room, but he always did his rehab with the rest of us-cracking jokes and sharing stories about his Army days. I'll always remember how that proud Veteran from an earlier generation took the time-during some of the … Continue Reading

December 03, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Duckworth-authored Clean Water 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 progress in removing lead from drinking water supplies, better protecting families from forever chemicals like PFAS and delivering environmental justice to communities in every corner of the state that have been ignored for too long-all while creating … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, LaHood, Bost, Bustos, Davis Urge FEMA To Review Levee Reimbursement Methodology Across Regions

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), Mike Bost (R-IL-12), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the Agency's headquarters revisit the formulas being used across its regions to calculate Public Assistant reimbursements with regards to pumping costs. In their letter, the lawmakers … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Biden to Designate Cahokia Mounds as Unit of National Park System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to incorporate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site under the National Park System and offer additional protections for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties. In their letter, the Senators call back to Durbin's 2014 request for the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Signed Into Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) joined President Biden at the White House today as he signed their bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act into law to help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans by helping improve care at VA facilities and shed light on the scope of this crisis, particularly among women of color. There are more than half a million women Veterans in our … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. The resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on the leading factors that contribute to youth homelessness in the United States. U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Angus King (I-ME) … Continue Reading

November 20, 2021

Duckworth: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Can Help Cahokia Heights Fix Drinking Water and Wastewater Problems

[CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Cahokia Heights residents from Centreville Citizens for Change, Cahokia Heights Mayor Curtis McCall, Sr., and Illinois American Water's President Justin Ladner to outline how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal can help fix the continued storm water flooding and sanitary sewage issues for Cahokia Heights residents that years of neglect have led to. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which President Biden signed into law … Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

During Metro East Visit, Duckworth Highlights Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Provisions to Spur Region’s Economic Development, Create Jobs

[ST. LOUIS, MO] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with representatives from the Metro East economic organization Bi-State Development, where she discussed how the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal President Biden signed into law this week will spur economic advancement in the region and help improve the lives of working Illinoisans by encouraging the creation of good-paying local jobs, updating roads and bridges, improving access to clean drinking water and ensuring more … Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

Duckworth Applauds House Passage of Build Back Better that Would Make Historic Investments in Working Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act to support working families: "This vote shows that Democrats are doing everything we can to improve the lives of working Americans and cut costs for people across the country. Now we need to pass Build Back Better out of the Senate and have the President sign it into law, and I'm committed to doing that as quickly as possible because working … Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

Duckworth, Hirono Urge Republicans to End Smear Campaign and Confirm Comptroller Nominee Omarova Immediately

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) wrote to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA) urging them to immediately advance the nomination of Professor Saule Omarova to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). President Biden nominated Professor Omarova to serve as Comptroller of the Currency on November 2, 2021. She is widely regarded as a leading … Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

As Senate Debates National Defense Authorization Act, Duckworth Outlines Her Proposals to Support Military Families, Scott Air Base and Military Readiness in St. Clair County

[ST. LOUIS, MO] - 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 met with St. Clair County Military Affairs Committee leadership to discuss her efforts to improve quality of life and reduce educational as well as spousal employment challenges for military families as well as future funding for C-40 aircraft at Scott Air Force Base. Today's meeting comes as the Senate … Continue Reading

November 18, 2021

Duckworth, Carper Highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s Water Provisions that Help Working Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), cofounder of the first-ever U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) today highlighted several provisions they secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal signed into law this week that will help working families across the country by removing lead from their drinking water, protecting them from forever chemicals like PFAS, improving water quality and … Continue Reading

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