Press Releases

February 24, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Ramirez Urge Surface Transportation Board To Delay Decision On Canadian Pacific And Kansas City Southern Rail Merger Until After A Thorough Review Of The Risks Involved In The Increased Transportation Of Hazardous Materi

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) in sending a letter to Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman in the wake of the derailment of a freight train carrying toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, to urge the STB to delay any final decision on the proposed merger between the Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads until after it … Continue Reading


February 24, 2023

Duckworth Accepting Applications for FY2024 Congressionally Directed Spending Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced she is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests. The CDS process does not represent new spending, rather it enables Members of Congress to allocate existing funding for specific local projects by units of government, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that meet strict eligibility requirements. Applications to Duckworth's office are due by Friday, March 10. … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $375,000 For City of Rockford Through Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the city of Rockford, Illinois, has been awarded $375,031 through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. This is the first round of funding from this program, making Rockford one of the first awardees in the nation. The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program is the first federal program dedicated to reconnecting … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Implementation of Her Bipartisan Law to Help Connect Incarcerated Americans with Their Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for her actions to implement the Senator's new law to strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. The Senator's law, the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act, helps families keep in touch with their incarcerated family members, which studies have shown can help reduce recidivism rates and thereby save taxpayer dollars. The … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2 Million for Illinois Institute of Technology University Transportation Systems

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the Illinois Institute of Technology's Center for Assured and Resilient Navigation in Advanced Transportation Systems will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Today's announcement comes through DOT's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which supports colleges and universities' research efforts to advance safe, efficient, and … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin & Budzinski Applaud DOT for Supporting University of Illinois Urbana Champaign’s Future Transportation Experts

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) today announced that the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign's Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation Center will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Today's announcement comes through DOT's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which supports colleges and universities' research efforts to advance … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Urge Biden Administration to Limit Availability Of Junk Health Care Plans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action and address short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans, or junk plans, which fail to provide adequate, comprehensive health insurance coverage. "Now, more than ever, the Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth in Indonesia to Continue Work Strengthening Ties Throughout Southeast Asia

[JAKARTA, INDONESIA] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today arrived in Indonesia on a Congressional delegation she arranged in her continuing efforts to strengthen ties and reinforce support between Southeast Asia and the United States. Indonesia is the second half in Duckworth's trip to Asia this week, following a stop in Japan, her first trip abroad as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Duckworth will meet with government and business leaders, including Association … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Duckworth Calls on President Biden to Expand Efforts to Keep Infant Formula Affordable and Available

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As our nation's troubling infant formula shortage continues and with yet another recall announced this week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called on President Biden to expand efforts to keep formula on store shelves and keep prices affordable for working families. In a letter sent today, Duckworth urged the President to act under existing emergency authority to temporarily waive tariffs on select infant formula products to help lower prices and increase supply … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $18 Million from USDA Reconnect Program to Bring High-Speed Internet Access to Communities Across Rural Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $18,066,450 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect Grant program to bring high-speed internet access to residents living and working across Warren, Henderson, Hancock, and McDonough counties. "This federal investment will have a real impact as over 1,500 Illinoisans, 41 businesses and 274 farms across four counties will soon … Continue Reading


February 20, 2023

Duckworth in Japan, Working to Expand Investments in Illinois & Strengthen Ties

[TOKYO, JAPAN] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrived in Japan on a Congressional delegation she arranged in her continuing efforts to strengthen economic ties and grow that country's investments in the United States, specifically in Illinois. In her first trip abroad as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Duckworth will meet with government, trade and economic leaders as well as corporate and business officials to highlight how Illinois is uniquely positioned for … Continue Reading


February 20, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Ramirez Urge Surface Transportation Board to Defer Decision on Canadian Pacific And Kansas City Southern Rail Merger Until Further Study Of Impacts On Chicago Region

[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 sent a letter to Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman urging the STB to defer any decision on the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads until the STB completes a more accurate assessment of the impacts of the merger on the Chicago … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Duckworth, Blackburn, Casey Applaud CMS Decision to Cover Seat Elevation Systems in Power Wheelchairs Under Medicare

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following their bipartisan request, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposal to provide Medicare coverage for seat elevation systems embedded in power wheelchairs for the first time ever: "This new proposal from CMS is a big deal and will positively impact the lives of so many Americans with disabilities. We … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Japanese, Thai Ambassadors to U.S.

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, this week met with Ambassador Tanee Sangrat, Ambassador of Thailand to the U.S. as well as Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., to discuss ongoing priorities and strengthening relationships between the U.S. and both countries. Photos from the Senator's meeting with Ambassador Sangrat are available here, and photos from her meeting with … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Murkowski Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Military Hunger

[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), and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led more than a dozen of their Senate colleagues today in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to support active duty military families experiencing food insecurity and prevent hunger in these families. Duckworth's Military Family Nutrition Access Act would address … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $1.3 Million Grant for National Louis University to Strengthen Teacher Diversity Preparation Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Education has awarded $1,341,279 in Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Programs grants to National Louis University (NLU) in Chicago. NLU is among the first universities and colleges to receive federal funds dedicated to the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Programs. The federal funding will be used to implement three multi-pathway … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $69 Million for Variety of Illinois Health Care Programs and Initiatives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced nearly $70 million in federal funding a variety of health care programs, initiatives, and community projects across the state. "Our state is home to incredible institutions and programs that help Illinoisans prevent illness, get mental health support, receive medical treatments and so much more," Duckworth said. "I'm proud to announce this federal funding with Senator … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Reed, Collins and Senate Colleagues in Call For HHS To Release Remaining $1.5 Billion In LIHEAP Funding To States

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to swiftly release the $1.5 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding that Congress delivered in fiscal year (FY) 2023. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their … Continue Reading


February 15, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Turkish Ambassador Following Devastating Earthquakes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, met with Ambassador Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to the U.S., to discuss the ways in which the United States can help Türkiye recover from the devastating earthquakes that have killed more than 35,000 people in the country. Duckworth also raised concerns over Türkiye's obstruction in approving North Atlantic Treaty Organization … Continue Reading


February 15, 2023

Duckworth Presses FAA Acting Administrator on Cause of January’s Nationwide Ground Stop

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, today questioned Federal Aviation administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Billy Nolen on the cause of January's nationwide ground stop-the first since September 11, 2001-and what the FAA is doing to eliminate single points of failure that can cause a systemwide shutdown. This … Continue Reading

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