Press Releases

October 31, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Northwest Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $872,016.85 in federal funding to communities in Northwest Illinois through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $11 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Chicagoland

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $11,194,763.84 in federal funding to communities in the Chicagoland area through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $3,219,693.36 in federal funding to communities in Central Illinois through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Duckworth, Risch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Small Business Contracting Throughout the Federal Government

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jim Risch (R-ID) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) which exist within each federal agency to maximize contracting opportunities for small businesses. Since many federal agencies have failed to fully empower their OSDBUs and comply with the Small Business Act, the Small Business Contracting Accountability Act would require those … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Duckworth Meets with EPA Inspector General Nominee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today met with the Trump Administration's nominee to be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Inspector General, Sean O'Donnell. Duckworth and O'Donnell discussed issues including allegations of political interference related to ethylene oxide inspections in Region 5 and claims that former-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt weakened public health … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Duckworth to Boeing: “You Haven’t Told Us the Whole Truth”

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a general aviation pilot and combat Veteran, today condemned Boeing for the company's decision to remove a critical safety function without adding an offsetting feature and its failure to inform pilots of the change or provide new training for them. Duckworth's criticism of the company's decisions came during remarks addressed to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and John Hamilton, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Boeing Commercial … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Duckworth Once Again Presses the FAA to Publish Advisory Circular on Best Practices for Manufacturing, Testing and Operating Angle of Attack Sensors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of today's Senate hearing with Boeing executives and on the one year anniversary of the deadly Lion Air Flight 610 crash, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is once again calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to publish a set of standardized best practices for how to ensure airlines and flight crews are complying with all federal safety standards and regulations. Duckworth's call for the FAA to reconsider her May 21, 2019 request follows the FAA's … Continue Reading


October 28, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million in Funding to Prevent Lead Hazards in Winnebago County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a $3.4 million federal grant to help the Winnebago County Health Department identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in Rockford-area low- and very low-income private housing where children under the age of 6 reside or are likely to reside. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes' Lead Hazard … Continue Reading


October 28, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Raid that Killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Yet another terrorist leader being brought to justice proves, once again, the professionalism of our military and intelligence community is unparalleled. Thanks to the bravery of U.S. Armed Forces, the world is a safer place today. I am, however, troubled by the … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Duckworth, Colleagues Request Information on Trump Organization’s Business in Turkey

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Trump Organization Executive Vice President Jill Martin requesting information on the potential conflicts of interest that President Trump's financial dealings in Turkey may pose following Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria and the subsequent Turkish offensive. Specifically, the Senators are calling attention to the … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Senator Duckworth Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After President Trump's devastating and reckless decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Syria, which has destabilized the region and cleared the way for a Turkish offensive, Senator Duckworth (D-IL) delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. In the address Senator Duckworth, a combat Veteran and Army pilot who flew missions in Iraq, expresses alarm over the President Trump's decision to abandon our Kurdish allies, who have fought side-by-side with our troops to … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Introduce New Bill To Protect Roadside First Responders

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today introduced new legislation designed to reduce first responder roadside deaths. The bill would establish a new national safety priority within an existing federal grant program to increase public awareness of "Move Over" laws and encourage implementation of life-saving vehicle technology. "The troubling pattern of first responder roadside deaths … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $39 Million to Support Illinois Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today $39,228,631 in federal funding to Illinois communities through programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding was allocated through HUD's Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs, which help state and local governments expand economic opportunities and provide suitable … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Senators Duckworth and Gillibrand Call For Repeal of 2002 AUMF

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This week, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to SASC Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) calling for a repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 AUMF authorized U.S. military operations against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq and in the years since, expansive interpretations have been used to … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Duckworth Advocates for Increased Federal Inland Waterways Cost Share to Help Expand the Quad Cities Economy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed the need to improve federal cost-sharing for major inland waterways projects with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ryan Fisher at a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) hearing today focused on improving American economic competitiveness through water infrastructure. Increasing the federal cost-share for inland projects, which currently receive a smaller portion of federal … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Duckworth, Isakson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix Immigration Policy for Children of U.S. Servicemembers and Civil Servants

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today introduced the Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act, bipartisan legislation that would fix a problem in current law that disadvantages certain children whose parents are serving our nation abroad in uniform or in the civil service. The bipartisan bill would modernize Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to cut burdensome red tape that harms those willing … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Duckworth Votes to Eliminate the Trump Administration’s Burdensome Regulations that Double-Tax Middle Class Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after voting to eliminate the Trump Administration's burdensome regulations that force Illinoisans and Americans across the country to be double-taxed on their state and local taxes, even if states have enacted laws to prevent it. "One of the primary reasons I voted against the Republican tax law was that it harmed middle class families in Illinois by weakening the state and local tax deduction that … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Duckworth, Peters Re-Introduce Good Government Legislation to Require Public Disclosure of Trump Administration’s Travel Spending

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Gary Peters (D-MI) re-introduced legislation today to help ensure the Trump Administration-and any future administration-spends taxpayer dollars more responsibly. The Federal Travel Transparency Act would increase transparency and oversight by making the air travel activities of cabinet secretaries and agency leaders available to the public online and requiring that the data be in an open, easily accessible format. Peters serves as … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Duckworth Meets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Commander

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Commander Colonel Steven M. Sattinger to discuss the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), a long-term ecological restoration and navigation program for the Upper Mississippi River System, as well as the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project as priorities for the upcoming Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Reauthorization that will be considered by the … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Duckworth Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Impose Strong Sanctions on Turkey

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Turkey's invasion of northern Syria, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in introducing the Countering Turkish Aggression Act. The legislation would immediately impose serious sanctions against Turkey, senior Turkish officials, including President Erdogan, key Turkish banks, military transactions and their energy sector activities. "In the days since President Trump's reckless decision to … Continue Reading

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