Press Releases

January 26, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Denis McDonough

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces and still receives her own healthcare services through the VA, released the following statement after meeting with Denis McDonough, President Biden's nominee to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. During their conversation, they discussed how to ensure America's Veterans can access the high-quality care, support and other … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Blinken as Secretary of State

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, released the following statement after voting to confirm Tony Blinken as Secretary of State. Blinken was confirmed by a 78-22 vote to serve as Secretary of State under President Biden. "Tony Blinken is an experienced, crisis-tested leader who will be an excellent Secretary of State, and I was proud to vote to … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Duckworth Commends President Biden for Defending Our Troops, Calling Out Russia’s Reported Bounty Program Targeting U.S. Troops During First Call with Putin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, today released the following statement commending President Biden for, during his first call as President with Vladimir Putin, standing up for our troops and calling out a reported Russian program that put bounties on U.S. servicemembers' lives. After the bounty program was first publicly reported on June 26, … Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

After Trump’s Refusal to Protect Workers During Pandemic, Duckworth & Durbin Applaud President Biden’s Move to Create Emergency OSHA Standard to Keep Workers Safe from COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today lauded President Biden's decision to order the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to take steps toward implementing an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers across America from contracting COVID-19. The Biden Administration move comes on the first full day of President Biden's term after Donald Trump refused or ignored several requests from Duckworth, Durbin and their colleagues … Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today voted to confirm Janet Yellen as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Yellen was confirmed with an 84-15 vote to serve as Treasury Secretary under President Biden. "Secretary Yellen is a uniquely-qualified, crisis-tested leader whose expertise will be essential as President Biden takes on the economic challenges facing our country, and I am confident she will be an effective advocate in helping the Administration … Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

Duckworth Applauds President Biden’s Move to End Trump’s Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

[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, issued the following statement in response to President Biden signing an order enabling all qualified Americans to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States by reversing former president Donald Trump's discriminatory ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military: "Donald Trump's transgender military ban … Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

Duckworth Applauds Biden Appointment of National Council on Disability Chair Gallegos Following Her Recommendation

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today commended President Biden for designating Andrés J. Gallegos as Chairman of the National Council on Disability (NCD). Duckworth wrote to then-President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris in December recommending Gallegos, of Chicago, to lead NCD. At Duckworth's recommendation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appointed Gallegos to serve on NCD in February 2018. NCD is an independent, nonpartisan federal … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Legislative Priorities with Newly-Elected Illinois House Black Caucus Chair

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Illinois State Rep. Kam Buckner (IL-26), newly-elected chair of the Illinois House Black Caucus. Duckworth and Buckner discussed his priorities for the caucus including criminal justice legislation, infrastructure funding and assistance for small businesses-especially those in the hospitality and restaurants industries-and how the Senator can provide support from the federal level. "I enjoyed my productive conversation … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Secretary-Designate Gina Raimondo

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation (CST) Committee and the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Committee, today held a virtual meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo, President Biden's nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. "Governor Raimondo brings a problem-solving approach and an experienced background to this critically important position. I enjoyed speaking with … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Importance of 1908 Race Riot National Monument with NAACP Illinois President

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Teresa Haley, president of NAACP Illinois State Conference and the Springfield Branch NAACP, on the importance of establishing the 1908 Springfield Race Riot site as a national monument. Earlier this month Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on then-President-elect Biden to declare the site a national monument to be managed by the U.S. National Park Service. "The 1908 Race Riot Sites are of … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Austin as Defense Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after voting to confirm Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary under President Joe Biden. Austin was confirmed with a 93-2 vote today. "Secretary Austin is a crisis-tested leader who executed one of the most complex logistical operations in the history of the Army and is committed to restoring the proper role of civilians in … Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

After Duckworth’s Request, President Biden Signs Executive Order to Fully Reimburse Illinois for Costs of National Guard Activations in COVID-19 Response Efforts

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, released the following statement after the Biden administration directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fully reimburse states for costs associated with the deployment of National Guard troops in their efforts to combat the pandemic. The Administration's move follows Duckworth urging … Continue Reading


January 21, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud Biden Administration Decision to Reimburse Schools for COVID-Related Reopening Costs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded President Biden today for signing Executive Orders to strengthen the country's COVID-19 response and help schools keep children and teachers safe. Today's Executive Orders, in part, ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimburse COVID-related costs for schools that are necessary for reopening, such as personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, through FEMA's Disaster … Continue Reading


January 21, 2021

Duckworth Meets with President Biden’s SBA Administrator Nominee Isabel Guzman

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, held a virtual meeting with Isabel Guzman, President Biden's nominee to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration as Administrator. Duckworth and Guzman discussed their shared priorities, such as supporting small businesses, expanding the Microloan program and improving the Paycheck Protection Program. Duckworth also raised the importance of re-starting … Continue Reading


January 21, 2021

Duckworth Secures Secretary-Designate Buttigieg’s Commitment to Prioritize Local Job Creation and Make Transportation Accessible for All

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the senior Democratic Member on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, today expressed strong support for the Senate swiftly confirming the Honorable Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation. Duckworth focused her questions during Secretary-designate Buttigieg's confirmation hearing today on critical national policy priorities including making sure federal infrastructure … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Duckworth Statement Celebrating the Inauguration of President Joe Biden

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after attending the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Photos of Duckworth at the inauguration can be found here. "After the last 4 years, I'm proud to be able to tell the American people that empathy, compassion and real leadership are finally back in the White House as a result of Joe Biden being sworn in as our nation's 46th President. On Day One, President Biden is already taking immediate action … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Duckworth Joins Baldwin, Democratic Colleagues in Supporting Biden Administration Plan to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act, Increase Supply of Necessary Medical Equipment and Supplies

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 24 of their Senate Democratic colleagues this week in support of the Biden Administration's plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing and protective equipment supplies. In part, the Senators wrote in a letter to the new President: "Given the continued supply chain issues that we have … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Duckworth Asks President Biden to Prohibit Deportation of Veterans and Strengthen Naturalization Process for Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging President Joe Biden to take immediate action to prevent the deportation of Veterans, repatriate deported Veterans, strengthen the military naturalization process and remove barriers to accessing VA care faced by Veterans living broad. In part, the Duckworth wrote: "Immigrant servicemembers possess critical skills that enhance military readiness, strengthen national security and protect our homeland. That is … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Haines as Director of National Intelligence

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence. Haines was confirmed with an 84-10 vote to serve as Director of National Intelligence under President Biden. "After four years of Donald Trump politicizing and attacking our intelligence community, our nation requires a true public servant who will restore experience, expertise and integrity to the role of Director of National … Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Senator Reed, Democratic Senators in Calling for FEMA Cost-Sharing Waiver

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In an effort to protect public health and swiftly free up federal resources to help states with necessary COVID-19 response efforts, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and 31 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in urging the incoming Biden Administration to waive the 25% non-federal cost share requirement for FEMA assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter states: "COVID-19 has upended … Continue Reading

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