Press Releases

May 19, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Guaranteeing Paid Sick Leave to Workers in America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 40 of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Healthy Families Act of 2023, which would guarantee paid sick leave to workers in America. Today, the U.S. remains one of the only two major countries that does not provide paid time off for short-term illnesses or paid leave for family and medical needs and emergencies. Currently, 34 … Continue Reading


May 17, 2023

On Brown V. Board Anniversary, Duckworth Joins Murphy in Reintroducing Legislation to Increase Diversity in Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) in reintroducing the Strength in Diversity Act on the 69th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. This legislation would promote diversity in schools through a federal grant program to support voluntary, community-driven strategies. "No child should ever be denied equal resources, protections and opportunities to achieve their American Dream-not … Continue Reading


May 17, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Shaheen in Introducing New Legislation to Provide U.S. Servicemembers Access to Protected Leave for Abortion & Reproductive Healthcare Services

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in unveiling new legislation-the Protecting Servicemembers and Military Families' Access to Healthcare Act-that would codify the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) February 16, 2023, policy to ensure servicemembers and their families can access non-covered reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, regardless of the state in … Continue Reading


May 17, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $14.2 Million for Runway Improvements at Quincy Regional Airport

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $14,200,000 in federal funding awarded to Quincy Regional Airport from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to support the airport's runway reconstruction project. "For Western Illinois, Quincy Regional Airport is an important economic driver, and investing in and improving our airport infrastructure is vital to the strength of our state's transportation … Continue Reading


May 17, 2023

Duckworth Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine in Meeting with Members of Ukraine’s Parliament

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of both the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, today met with members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukraine's Parliament. Duckworth met with Halyna Vasylchenko, Alona Shkrum, Oleksii Movchan, Anna Purtova and Artem Dubnov to discuss the United States' continued commitment to helping Ukraine and its people against Vladimir Putin's war of choice in Ukraine. Photos from today's … Continue Reading


May 17, 2023

Duckworth, Blumenthal, Hirono & Bennet Demand Senate Republicans Lift Dangerous Holds on Military Nominations

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) yesterday asked for unanimous consent requests on the Senate floor to confirm military nominations that are being blocked by Senate Republicans, led by Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). Tuberville has blocked over 230 military nominations in an effort to prevent the Department of Defense from adopting a policy that would … Continue Reading


May 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $12.5 Million for Head Start Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $12,565,955 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. "Head Start and Early Head Start programs are crucial for kids throughout Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $67 Million for Variety of Illinois Healthcare 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 $67,264,568 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support a variety of health care programs, initiatives and community projects across the state. "Across the state, Illinoisans have access to incredible institutions and programs that are devoted to helping folks avoid, treat and research a wide variety of conditions and illnesses," … Continue Reading


May 15, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $4.9 Million For Healthcare Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $4,993,713 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) medical research grant funding for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support advancements in sectors ranging from maternal health care to neurological disorders. "Across the state, universities are constantly conducting the cutting-edge research … Continue Reading


May 14, 2023

Duckworth on Mother’s Day: Cap Child Care Costs to Strengthen Economy & Enable Working Families to Succeed

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the first person to give birth while serving in the U.S. Senate, joined CNN's State of the Union this Mother's Day morning to discuss what working moms need to succeed and what our nation should be doing to help them. During her interview, the Senator underscored to host Dana Bash how enacting legislation to help working families across the country better afford child care, which can cost an average person more than half of their entire … Continue Reading


May 11, 2023

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Newly-Reintroduced Bipartisan Duckworth-Daines-Hirono Bill Would Better Protect Parents Traveling with Breast Milk

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of Mother's Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is reintroducing bipartisan legislation today to make it easier for parents to safely embark on air travel with breast milk and breastfeeding supplies, including ice packs. The Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) Enhancement Act, co-led by U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to clarify and regularly update … Continue Reading


May 11, 2023

Duckworth Recognized by the National Association of Police Organizations for Her Bipartisan Law to Support Families of Public Safety Officers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) received an award from the National Association of Police Organizations for her work to get her bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act enacted into law last year. The legislation, which was co-led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), honors the public service of police officers, firefighters and emergency responders by supporting the families of public safety officers who are lost to trauma-linked suicides. Photos of today's … Continue Reading


May 10, 2023

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Expand Cyber Coordination with More Partners Across Southeast Asia

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Southeast Asia Partnership Expansion Act, legislation to expand the current list of partner countries who qualify for participation in the Department of Defense's ongoing pilot program to improve cyber cooperation with foreign military partners. "By working more closely with our partners across Southeast Asia, we can … Continue Reading


May 10, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Illinois Delegation Members Supporting New Medical Research Hub Being Located in Chicagoland

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) led members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation underscoring their support for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services locating the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health's (ARPA-H) Hub No. 3 in the Chicagoland area. The lawmakers highlighted Chicagoland's unique position with its geographical location, array of jobs, companies, students and professionals in life … Continue Reading


May 10, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Railway Safety Bill Approval by Commerce Committee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement after supporting the Committee's approval of the bipartisan Railway Safety Act of 2023, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. The bipartisan legislation would benefit The bipartisan legislation would benefit Illinoisans across the State, in communities both large and small, as Illinois is the center of our Nations rail … Continue Reading


May 05, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin and Quigley Announce $200 Million for CTA Railcar Replacement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today announced $200,000,000 in federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) railcar replacement efforts. This funding comes through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 Rail Vehicle Replacement (RVR) Program, helping transit systems with much-needed capital improvements to replace rail … Continue Reading


May 05, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Budzinski Announce $196 Million for Metro East Rail Improvements

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) today announced $196,296,401 in federal funding for the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District for Metro railcar replacement. This funding comes through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 Rail Vehicle Replacement (RVR) Program, helping transit systems with … Continue Reading


May 05, 2023

Duckworth, Thune, Cohen, Stauber Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Air Travel for Passengers with Wheelchairs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With disability-related complaints regarding air travel up 50 percent in the last year, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Thune (R-SD), along with U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08), introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve air travel for passengers with disabilities, notably passengers who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The bipartisan Mobility Aids on Board Improve Lives and Empower All (MOBILE) Act … Continue Reading


May 05, 2023

Duckworth Joins Booker, Gomez in Reintroducing Bicameral Legislation to Promote Equitable Access to Public Lands

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA-34) to reintroduce the Transit to Trails Act, legislation that would provide equitable access to parks, green spaces and public lands and waters. The bill would establish a grant program that would fund projects to make transportation to these spaces more accessible for underserved communities. "America's public lands and waters connect us to nature and … Continue Reading


May 04, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $480,000 in Funding from National Scenic Byways Program for Illinois Department of Transportation

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $480,000 in grant funding awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the Gilbert Lake Division of the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. National Scenic Byways or All-American Byways provide historic, recreational, cultural, archeological and natural … Continue Reading

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