Press Releases

August 02, 2023

Duckworth Joins Kaine & Colleagues on Bicameral Call for Funding to Prevent Child Care Fiscal Cliff

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a bicameral group of colleagues this week in calling on President Joe Biden to support needed funding to prevent a national wave of child care closures. Their letter underscored that while Congress secured historic funding in the American Rescue Plan to stabilize child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, that relief funding is set to end this September. … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Duckworth, Wyden Introduce Bill to Increase Support for U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced new legislation to help make sure the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has the funding it needs to ensure a highly-trained, always-ready, fully-deployable national public health service. The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Operations and Readiness Act would authorize dedicated annual funding to the USPHS Commissioned Corps, which is currently the only … Continue Reading


August 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $14.7 Million in Federal Grant Funding for Illinois EPA

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $14,772,472 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants for Illinois EPA (IEPA). The funding, split across two separate grants, will support IEPA’s mission to provide a clean, livable environment and clean air and water sources for Illinoisans.  “When we protect and clean up Illinois’s air and water, we are protecting the health and safety of our … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis and Jackson Announce Funding to Help Strengthen and Improve Englewood’s Economy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and author of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL-07) and Jonathan L. Jackson (D-IL-01) today announced $778,500 in federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to develop a modern accessibility strategy in advance of a potential reopening of the Englewood Racine Green Line stop on Chicago’s south side. The Racine El station has been closed … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Trade and U.S.-Japan Relations with Osaka Mayor

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Osaka Mayor Hideyuku Yokoyama and other City of Osaka officials to discuss the importance of trade and economic investment between Japan and the United States. Since 1973, Osaka has been a sister city with Chicago, promoting cultural trade, education and tourism. As a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Duckworth has been committed to positioning Illinois as a global leader and has led multiple Congressional … Continue Reading


August 01, 2023

Duckworth: Preserving Roberts Temple Church in Christ Shines a Light on Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley’s Legacies

[CHICAGO, IL] – Just one week after President Biden designated the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a national monument on what would’ve been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S Secretary of the Interior Deb Halaand in unveiling new temporary signage at the church for the new Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument site. With its new designation as a national monument, the church will be managed by … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Duckworth and Cruz Introduce Legislation to Designate Route 66 a National Historic Trail

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) this week led U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Eric Schmitt (R-MO) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in introducing a bill to amend the National Trails System Act and designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is more than 2,400 miles long, stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, and crossing through eight states. Full bill text is … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Duckworth Marks ADA Anniversary by Recommitting to Making America Truly Accessible for All

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Last night, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered remarks at the American Association of People with Disabilities' ADA Celebration, an event commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Senator spoke about her personal experience earning a disability in the years after the landmark legislation became law, the progress that has been made thanks to the fierce, tireless work of disability advocates as well as how far … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan NDAA that Includes Her Provisions to Expand Reproductive Care for Uniformed Servicemembers, Improve Logistics to Bolster Readiness, Support our Total Force and More

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — 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), secured several important provisions in the Senate-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will support our servicemembers, enhance strategic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, improve logistics to bolster readiness and energy resiliency and continue to restore American … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Duckworth Reiterates Call for Tuberville to End His Dangerous Hold on Military Promotions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)—joined SASC Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and several of her Senate Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor last night to condemn U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) reckless, partisan hold on more than 260 military promotions, which is hurting our military readiness and national security. In her remarks, Duckworth highlighted six different individuals who are … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $1.6 Million To Clean Up Beloit Corporation Superfund Hazardous Waste Site

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will receive $1,681,556 through the U.S. EPA’s Superfund State Political Subdivision and Indian Tribe Site Specific Cooperative Agreements to conduct remedial actions at the Beloit Corporation Superfund hazardous waste site, which is listed on the National Priorities List of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan. “Every American … Continue Reading


July 26, 2023

Duckworth, Murray Introduce Bicameral Bill to Help Women with Disabilities Access Reproductive Healthcare

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Patty Murray (D-WA) in reintroducing the Reproductive Healthcare Accessibility Act, legislation to help people with disabilities—who face discrimination and extra barriers when seeking care—receive better access to reproductive healthcare and the informed care they need to control their reproductive lives. “For too long, Americans with disabilities have faced persistent barriers to healthcare services, equipment and … Continue Reading


July 26, 2023

Duckworth on 33rd ADA Anniversary: Accessibility Should Be the Default, Not an Afterthought

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and call for more action to build a more accessible America: "As a result of the unwavering leadership of disability activists and the persistence of the entire disability community, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 33 years ago today. While we commemorate their advocacy and reflect on the … Continue Reading


July 26, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Access Living, Other Disability Advocates on ADA Anniversary

[WASHINGTON, DC] - On the 33rd anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with several disability advocates and centers for independent living, including Access Living, to discuss their work to improve accessibility in Chicago as well as the policies that must be advanced to help ensure our nation fully lives up to the promises enshrined in the ADA. Photos from today’s meeting are available here. “It was a pleasure to meet with … Continue Reading


July 24, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud President Biden’s Announcement to Name Bronzeville Church That Held Emmett Till’s Wake a National Monument

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, today applauded the Biden Administration's announcement that it will designate the church that held Emmett Till's pivotal open-casket wake in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood as a national monument. In a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Biden will designate Bronzeville's Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a national monument … Continue Reading


July 24, 2023

Duckworth Joins Colleagues from Armed Services Committee in Calling on McConnell to Help End Reckless Hold on Military Promotions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)—joined U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and six other members of their Democratic colleagues on the SASC Committee in calling on U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to help end U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) reckless hold on more than 260 military promotions, which is hurting our military readiness and national security. “Since February, … Continue Reading


July 24, 2023

Duckworth Celebrates $58 Million in Federal Funding From Program She Championed To Help Get the Lead Out of Our Children’s Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—author of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $58 million in grant funding to help get the lead out of drinking water in schools and child care facilities across the country, which was a result of Duckworth’s DWWIA law as well as a program she championed and got enshrined … Continue Reading


July 21, 2023

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances Spending Bills with Illinois Priorities Secured by Duckworth, Durbin

[JOLIET, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced three Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills this week for Energy and Water Development; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.  Durbin and Duckworth worked to secure various priorities for Illinois in … Continue Reading


July 21, 2023

Duckworth, Klobuchar & Meng Introduce Resolution Seeking to Prioritize and Empower Mothers in the Workforce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-06) in introducing the Mom Economy Resolution, bicameral legislation that lays out a plan to promote and empower mothers in the workforce and highlight the need for the United States to prioritize mom-nomics. The measure is an expansion of the Marshall Plan for Moms, which the lawmakers introduced during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, that sought to revitalize … Continue Reading


July 21, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Celebrate Grand Opening of Lion Electric

[CHANNAHON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Lion Electric and local leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the manufacturer’s 900,000 square foot facility in Will County. This facility is expected to have a manufacturing capacity of 2,500 all-electric school buses at the end of 2023. At full scale, the plant has an estimated production capacity of 20,000 vehicles per year, which is estimated to support more than 1,000 … Continue Reading

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