Press Releases

February 13, 2021

Duckworth and Bipartisan Majority of Senate Vote to Convict Trump, Even as Most Republicans Put Former President Before Country

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate voted to convict Donald J. Trump of inciting an insurrection against the United States of America: "Last month, Donald Trump lavished praise on a mob hell-bent on violence. He gave them orders to 'fight like hell'-kindling their anger, weaponizing their fury, then directing them to the steps of the United States Capitol where they waged an … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Duckworth Urges Biden Administration to Replace All USPS Board of Governors Who Permitted DeJoy’s Disastrous Decisions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging President Biden to help restore trust in the United States Postal Services (USPS) by replacing every member of the USPS Board of Governors and nominating new leadership. In the letter, Duckworth details how these members allowed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to remove community mail drop boxes, reduce operating hours for facilities and gut overtime pay - harmful new policies that led to lifesaving prescriptions not reaching … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Duckworth Joins Gillibrand & Senate Colleagues to Call for More Than $1 Billion in Funding to Help Older Adults during the COVID-19 Crisis, Including Millions to Bolster Nutrition Services and Support Vaccination Efforts in Next Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and their Senate colleagues in a letter that calls for the inclusion of $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers' efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next COVID-19 relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and many more have … Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Renew Request For U.S. Attorney John Lausch To Remain In His Position Until Confirmation Of His Successor

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following an announcement by the Biden Justice Department that Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys appointed under the previous Administration were to submit their resignations by February 28, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) renewed their request that John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, be permitted to remain in his position until the confirmation of his successor. In a letter to President Joe Biden, Duckworth and … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Termination of U.S. Attorney John Lausch

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durin (D-IL) today released the following statement after it was reported that the Biden Administration will terminate John Lausch as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois: "While we agree with the Biden Administration's criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed with the decision to terminate U.S. Attorney Lausch without consulting us. In 2017, our non-partisan screening committee gave its support for … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

During Black History Month, Duckworth & Durbin Help Underwood Announce Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to Address America’s Maternal Health Crisis

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act includes a series of 12 bills to help save moms' lives, end racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes and achieve maternal health justice. [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12) in unveiling the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021. The historic legislation makes … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Democrats Introduce Secure Act For TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to introduce the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, legislation to allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "Despite experiencing uncertainty and discrimination, TPS recipients have helped … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Implement and Expand Online Snap Purchasing Nationwide

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with nine of their Senate colleagues, today introduced a bill to address hunger needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchasing choices. The Expanding SNAP Options Act would provide funding for the creation of a universal online and app-based portal to make access to nutritious … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Denis McDonough as Veterans Affairs Secretary

[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 voting to confirm Denis McDonough as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. McDonough was confirmed by a 87-7 vote to serve as VA Secretary under President Biden. "Denis McDonough's experience overcoming bureaucracy will be … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Duckworth, Cramer, Casey Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Families with Diaper Needs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan End Diaper Need Act today to provide resources to assist low-income and middle-class families address their diaper needs and help ensure the health and well-being of those who rely on diapers, including infants, toddlers, medically complex children, low-income adults and adults with disabilities. This legislation would provide funding through the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Klobuchar, Democratic Colleagues to Express Urgency in Working with Biden Administration to Support Efforts to Help Women Return to the Workforce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 17 of their Democratic colleagues in writing to Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, asking the Biden administration to support efforts to help women return to the workforce. "We look forward to working with you to make progress in addressing a number of structural and long-standing policy issues that have historically undermined women's ability to work - … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Re-Introduce Bill to Establish 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site as a National Monument

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today re-introduced legislation to designate the sites of the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois, as a national monument. The riot was the catalyst for the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was founded 112 years ago this week. The 1908 Springfield Race Riot National Monument Act would establish the site as a national monument to be managed by the U.S. … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Gillibrand, DeLauro To Introduce FAMILY Act, Urge Congress To Pass Permanent Paid Leave Solution To Spur Economic Recovery

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the 28th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) to introduce the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to create a permanent, national paid family and medical leave program. "During the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen the weight of the economic fallout disproportionately fall … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Significantly Enhance Domestic Production of Life-saving Medical Supplies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced bipartisan legislation today to strengthen the national response to pandemics by modernizing the production of critical medical supplies for frontline healthcare providers. The Public Health Emergency (PHE) Production Act would ensure the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fully leverages its allocation authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to respond to current and future … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $22 Million to Support Vaccine Distribution in Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $22.8 million in federal funding to support vaccine distribution in Illinois. The funding is being awarded to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We still have more work to do to save lives, keep residents healthy and get to the other side of this public health crisis-and that work … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Education Priorities & COVID Relief with Illinois Community College Trustees Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with representatives from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA), including Executive Director Jim Reed, Jr. and President Jon Looney. In the virtual meeting, Duckworth discussed her legislative and education priorities for the 117th Congress, COVID relief funding and how the Federal Government can help provide equitable, comprehensive support to community colleges. "This pandemic continues to highlight … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Senate Moving to Include Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act in COVID-19 Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate today added an amendment to the budget reconciliation bill expected to pass later this week that would help ensure the final COVID-19 relief package includes the RESTAURANTS Act, which would provide relief for restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic: "Restaurants are more than just a place to eat, they're the part of the glue that holds communities together," Duckworth said. "For … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Join Colleagues To Introduce Resolution Asking President Biden To Cancel Up To $50,000 In Federal Student Loan Debt Immediately

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and United States Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) today to reintroduce their bicameral resolution outlining a bold plan for President Biden to tackle the student loan debt crisis by using existing authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth Secures EPA Nominee’s Commitment to Prioritize Farmers, Climate Change & Environmental Justice

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), senior-most Democrat on the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, yesterday called for a swift confirmation of Michael Regan, President Biden's nominee to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at Regan's nomination hearing. Duckworth discussed several important issues with Regan, including restoring the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to better support farmers … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Duckworth Helps Pass Bipartisan Amendment to Prevent Tax Increases on Small Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today helped pass a pro-small business, bipartisan amendment that was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and cosponsored by Duckworth and Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tim Scott (R-SC). This bipartisan amendment will ensure that the final COVID-19 relief package protects main street small businesses against tax increases during the declared COVID-19 national emergency. "Small businesses have been hit hard by the economic and … Continue Reading

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