Press Releases

August 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Effort Urging Biden Administration to Immediately Evacuate SIV Applicants & Fully Implement Their SIV Legislation

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and 51 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging the Biden Administration to address the quickly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan partners. In the letter, the Senators call for the urgent evacuation of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) … Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

Duckworth, Carper, Booker, Applaud EPA Ban on Harmful Pesticide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), founders and co-chairs of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, today issued the following statement on a new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banning most uses of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on certain food crops and non-agricultural sites that has been linked to neurological damage and other adverse health impacts. "We commend EPA for prioritizing the health of … Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on EPA Order Addressing Cahokia Heights Sewage Crisis

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an administrative order mandating that, among other requirements, the city of Cahokia Heights, Illinois, submit plans to control sewer overflows in the area: "This administrative order from EPA is necessary to finally put a plan in place to help end the nightmare that the people of Cahokia Heights face every day. No human … Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

In Springfield, Duckworth, Durbin and Ossoff Highlight Wins from Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) yesterday highlighted the impact the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) would have in Illinois and across the country by creating jobs, expanding access to clean drinking water and wastewater systems, improving our roads and bridges, improving broadband coverage for students and working families and more. The Senators were also joined by Springfield-area infrastructure … Continue Reading


August 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Menendez, Shaheen, Senate Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Admin to Protect Afghan Women Leaders in Wake of Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and 42 of their Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle in urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to take swift, robust action to protect and support Afghan women leaders facing unparalleled … Continue Reading


August 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos, Pritzker & Mayor Ali Tour 182nd Airlift Wing, Secure Commitment from Air Force Chief of Staff to Safeguard Wing’s Mission and C-130 Aircraft

[PEORIA, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today led U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Peoria Mayor Rita Ali on a visit to the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria to meet with officials and discuss the provision she secured in the committee-passed Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to establish a minimum total aircraft inventory of 292 C-130s. … Continue Reading


August 17, 2021

Duckworth and Durbin Call on the White House to Prioritize the Safe Return of Illinoisan Kidnapped in Afghanistan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, wrote to President Biden today to request that the National Security Council (NSC) immediately convene an interagency meeting of the Principals Committee to develop a course of action to secure the release of their constituent, Mark Frerichs, a … Continue Reading


August 16, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Afghanistan

[HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, issued the following statement today: "The images we've seen of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban are tragic and incredibly difficult to watch, especially for the countless American servicemembers and military families who sacrificed greatly in that nation. "Right now, my attention is focused on the evacuation, which … Continue Reading


August 14, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Veteran Advocates to Discuss Military Hunger in Chicagoland

[NORTH CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with officials from Midwest Veterans Closet, a veterans donation site and support organization, as well as Illinois hunger advocates and military families in North Chicago to tour the organization's new location and discuss strategies to address hunger among military families. Last month, a modified version of Duckworth's Military Hunger Prevention Act was successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 … Continue Reading


August 14, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Importance of American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Funding for Local Governments with Lake County Mayors

[NORTH CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Lake County municipal leaders to discuss how federal funding in President Biden's American Rescue Plan (ARP) can help municipal governments recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and build back an economy that works for everyone. The group also discussed the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the impact infrastructure funding will have in Northern Illinois. In total, Illinois will … Continue Reading


August 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $200,000 for Clay County Hospital

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a $191,052 federal grant to the City of Flora from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program. This funding will help Clay County Hospital retain operating room jobs and purchase imaging technology and a laparoscopic camera system for the operating room. "Federal investments like this help rural communities like … Continue Reading


August 12, 2021

Duckworth Urges Finance Committee to Cut Taxes for Hard-Working Families in Forthcoming Reconciliation Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) urged U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) to include robust tax relief for hard-working families in the Finance Committee's forthcoming reconciliation legislation that will be developed pursuant to the reconciliation instructions that were included in the budget resolution (Senate Concurrent Resolution 14) the Senate adopted this week. In her letter, Duckworth called for the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap … Continue Reading


August 12, 2021

Duckworth and Warren Seek Answers from DoD on Report of “Extreme Food Insecurity” Among National Guard and Reserve Service Members

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin following reports describing "extreme food insecurity" among National Guard and Reserve service members. The Senators are requesting information regarding the scope of hunger among these service members, the extent to which widespread hunger among troops and … Continue Reading


August 11, 2021

Duckworth and Durbin Announce Illinois Set to Receive More than $15 Billion if Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Becomes Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today highlighted more than $15 billion in dedicated funding for Illinois infrastructure projects included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as billions more the state is eligible to compete for. This bipartisan infrastructure deal, which passed the Senate yesterday, would invest approximately $1.2 trillion in federal resources over the next five years, including … Continue Reading


August 11, 2021

Duckworth on Reconciliation Process: Democrats Pushing to Deliver for Working Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after voting to proceed with the budget reconciliation process that will include policies to support and uplift working families across the nation: "This morning's vote proves that Democrats are laser-focused on helping working parents and middle-class Illinoisans by building back an economy that works for everyone. We're working tirelessly to pass paid family leave, cut taxes for hard-working Illinoisans by … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Duckworth Statement after Voting to Pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal that Includes Her Priorities to Clean Up Our Water and Make Transit Accessible for All

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife that has jurisdiction over the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and author of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA)-which passed the Senate by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 89-2 in April 2021-issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan infrastructure deal, … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Senate Passes Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos’ Protecting Roadside First Responders Act in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act designed to reduce crashes involving distracted driving and prevent first responder roadside deaths. Authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act requires the implementation of life-saving, crash avoidance safety technologies … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Duckworth Urges Colleagues to Include President Biden’s Request for a $400 Billion Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Investment in 2022 Budget

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senate Committee on Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) to include President Biden's request for a $400 billion investment over 10 years for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services in the reconciliation instructions in the fiscal year 2022 budget resolution. This letter is also signed by U.S. Senators … Continue Reading


August 06, 2021

Duckworth Joins Coons, Colleagues in Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort Urging Education Secretary to Discharge Outstanding Student Loans for Americans with a Permanent Disability

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Angus King (I-ME) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) in urging U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to move swiftly with rulemaking to automatically discharge the outstanding student loans of more than 517,000 Americans with a total and permanent disability (TPD). "While the Department has made improvements to the TPD … Continue Reading


August 05, 2021

Duckworth Re-Introduces Bill to Expand Campus Child Care & Help Student Parents Graduate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today re-introduced a bill to help increase access to on-campus child care for low-income student parents and ensure the U.S. Department of Education is meeting the needs of our student parent populations. The Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Reauthorization Act would reauthorize and fully fund the only federal program that exclusively supports on-campus child care services. Duckworth originally introduced this … Continue Reading

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