Press Releases

March 16, 2023

Duckworth Joins Klobuchar, Braun in Reintroducing Bipartisan Legislation to Help Americans Save and Pay for Skills Training and Credentialing Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) in reintroducing the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act, bipartisan legislation to allow Americans to use '529' education savings accounts for skills training, credentialing and certification programs. Current law only permits workers and families to use '529' accounts to pay for college, university and vocational school expenses. "The bipartisan Freedom to Invest … Continue Reading


March 16, 2023

Duckworth Joins Warren, King, Senate Colleagues to Urge IRS and Treasury to Use New IRS Funding to Protect Taxpayer Rights and Increase Tax Enforcement on High-Income Individuals and Large Corporations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Angus King (I-ME) and 19 other Senators in a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel and U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, expressing strong support for Secretary Yellen's directive to the IRS not to raise audit rates for small businesses or households making under $400,000 annually and that new enforcement funds provided in the Inflation Reduction … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Ramirez Statement on Surface Transportation Board’s Decision to Approve Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Merger

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and Delia Ramirez (D-IL-03) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Surface Transportation Board's (STB) decision to allow Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire Kansas City Southern (KCS): "We are deeply disappointed that the Surface Transportation Board has sided with corporations over our constituents in the Chicago … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Bi-State Development President to Discuss Metrolink

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the CEO and President of Bi-State Development Taulby Roach to discuss MetroLink, the bistate transit system serving St. Louis and Metro East. During their meeting, the Senators heard from Mr. Roach about MetroLink's new safety plan and proposed expansion to the transit system. Mr. Roach spoke about federal support for MetroLink, noting Durbin's efforts to secure Federal … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Help Reintroduce Bipartisan Year-Round E15 Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in reintroducing the bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. This legislation would allow the year-round, nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than 10% - ending years of regulatory uncertainty and preventing a patchwork of uneven state regulations. Increasing the availability of biofuels like E15 would benefit the economy and the … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

In Aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank Collapse, Duckworth, Durbin Join Warren, Porter, Dozens of Democratic Lawmakers in Introducing Bill to Repeal 2018 Roll Back of Critical Dodd-Frank Protections

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) this week joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D-CA-47) and dozens of Democrats in Congress to introduce the Secure Viable Banking Act, legislation that would repeal Title IV of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank. "In 2018, I knew that decreasing oversight would … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Duckworth Joins Kelly in Bipartisan Letter Asking Secretary Austin to Assess Factors Necessary to Send F-16s to Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week joined U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ted Budd (R-NC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in writing to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, asking him to quickly assess a range of factors necessary to successfully facilitate the transfer of F-16's to Ukraine. "After speaking with U.S., Ukrainian, and foreign leaders working to … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Duckworth, Kaine, Markey Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Millions of Americans Living with Long COVID

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, on Long COVID Awareness Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) in reintroducing the bipartisan Comprehensive Access to Resources and Education (CARE) For Long COVID Act, legislation to help people living with long-term COVID-19 symptoms by improving research and providing resources for people with Long COVID. U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Jack Bergman (R-MI-01) are leading companion … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

As 20th Anniversary of Iraq War Approaches, Duckworth Urges Senate to Prove It Still Stands Behinds Our Troops by Holding Public Vote on Decades-Old War Authorizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Iraq war, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who is also a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) Committee, joined U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to call on her colleagues to help pass bipartisan legislation, led by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN), to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), … Continue Reading


March 14, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Urge SBA to Evaluate Rule Allowing Fintech Companies to Participate In SBA’s 7(A) Loan Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-Following the Small Business Administration's (SBA) November 7, 2022, Proposed Rule on "Small Business Lending Company (SBLC) Moratorium Rescission and Removal of the Requirement for a Loan Authorization," U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) expressed concern that the proposed changes to SBA's 7(a) Loan Program may undermine the integrity of the program. The November 7th rule would lift the moratorium on licensing new SBLCs … Continue Reading


March 14, 2023

Duckworth Statement on President Biden’s Latest Actions to Address Gun Control

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to President Biden's newly-announced plans to prevent and reduce gun violence, including cracking down on marketing weapons to children: "With these executive actions, President Biden is proving once again that we can do better, and I'm glad that he is moving the ball forward on universal background checks, improving enforcement of current law to reduce gun violence and taking action … Continue Reading


March 14, 2023

Duckworth Applauds EPA Action to Protect Communities from “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic announcement today to address additional "forever chemicals" in Americans' drinking water: "I applaud the EPA for taking historic action to protect more communities from these six chemicals that we've known for years pose a dangerous risk to our public health and the environment. Every American deserves to know that the water they drink … Continue Reading


March 10, 2023

Duckworth Joins Budd, Kelly, Tillis to Introduce Working Dog Commemorative Coin Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined U.S. Senators Ted Budd (R-NC), Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce the bipartisan Working Dog Commemorative Coin Act. The bill would instruct the U.S. Mint to develop a commemorative coin series honoring the critical role working dogs play in our society, while providing financial support to help raise and train service dogs for Veterans. "Working dogs provide pivotal assistance for so many people from servicemembers and … Continue Reading


March 10, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey, García to Reintroduce the Good Jobs for Good Airports Act to Ensure Airport Service Workers Earn Living Wage, Benefits

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-IL-04) to reintroduce the Good Jobs for Good Airports Act, legislation to provide airport service workers-a predominantly Black, Brown, and immigrant workforce-with the wage and benefits that they deserve after serving on the frontlines of the nation's aviation system during the … Continue Reading


March 10, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Temporary Conversion of USP Thomson to Low-Security Facility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) decision to temporarily convert United States Penitentiary (USP) Thomson into a low-security prison: "Temporarily converting USP Thomson to a low-security facility is a critically important move that will allow for no loss of staffing positions and help alleviate overpopulation nationwide in the federal prison … Continue Reading


March 10, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Murray, DeLauro in Re-introducing Bicameral Bill to Help Achieve Equal Pay

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Ahead of Equal Pay Day on March 14th , U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) this week in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bicameral legislation would address wage discrimination and help close the wage gap by strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and ensuring women can challenge pay discriminations and hold employers accountable. "Every single day, … Continue Reading


March 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $350 Million Slated for CTA Red Line Extension

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that $350 million has been slated from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help continue the progress on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red Line Extension project. The Red Line Extension is one of the 18 major transit projects recommended for funding today in President Biden's Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget Request to … Continue Reading


March 09, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Ethanol Production with Illinois Farm Bureau

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Director Adam Nielsen and IFB members to discuss ethanol production and other upcoming legislative priorities as Congress is set to reauthorize the Farm Bill this year. Photos from the meeting are available here. "America has always depended on our nation's farmers and ranchers to grow the food and fuel we need, and I'm proud to advocate for them on both the national and international … Continue Reading


March 09, 2023

Duckworth Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2028 Service Academy Nominations

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that her office is now accepting applications through her website from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to a United States Military Service Academy. Each year Duckworth, along with a nomination committee, selects from the applicants a group of outstanding Illinois students to … Continue Reading


March 08, 2023

Ahead of the 20th Anniversary of Iraq War, Duckworth, Durbin Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Formally Ending Gulf and Iraq Wars

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Iraq war, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), today applauded committee passage of bipartisan legislation, led by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN), to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), formally ending the Gulf and Iraq wars. The 1991 and 2002 … Continue Reading

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