Press Releases

February 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Congressional Colleagues to Reintroduce Safe Firearm Storage Legislation

[WASHINGTON, DC]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) to reintroduce Ethan's Law, legislation that would ensure gun owners safely and securely store their firearms. Named in honor of Ethan Song, a teenager from Guilford, Connecticut, who was tragically killed in 2018 by an unsecured gun in a neighbor's home, the bill would create … Continue Reading


February 02, 2023

Ahead of 30th Anniversary of FMLA, Duckworth and Casten Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Education Support Professionals Can Access FMLA Benefits

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-landmark legislation that guaranteed a segment of the workforce unpaid leave to care for their newborns and sick loved ones-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-IL-06) are reintroducing the bipartisan ESP and School Support Staff Family Leave Act to help expand the FMLA and ensure it covers the 2.7 million education support professionals (ESPs) who are currently … Continue Reading


February 01, 2023

Duckworth Joins Kaine and Braun in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Help More Americans Access High-Quality Job Training, Get Good-Paying Jobs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mike Braun (R-IN) in reintroducing the bipartisan Jumpstarting Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation to help more Americans get good-paying jobs by allowing students to use federal Pell Grants to afford high-quality, shorter-term job training programs for the first time. Pell Grants are need-based education grants for low-income and working students. As of now, … Continue Reading


February 01, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with President Of Loyola University Chicago

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Dr. Mark Reed, President of Loyola University Chicago, to discuss funding for educational institutions in Illinois. The Senators and Dr. Reed also spoke about Loyola University Chicago's efforts to serve low-income students and students of color and boosting federal funds for Pell Grants to mitigate financial barriers for those seeking an education. Durbin expressed his … Continue Reading


January 31, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis Announce $7.2 Million for Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools for Student Mental Health Services

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL-07) today announced the awarding of two federal grants totaling $7.2 million to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Chicago Public Schools for increasing student mental health and trauma-informed care services in schools across the state. These grants were awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Duckworth Re-introduces Legislation to Prevent Atrocities Like Mass Japanese American Internment from Happening Again

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today re-introduced the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act, a bill that would establish a clear legal prohibition against un-American policies that seek to imprison individuals solely on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. With the continued rising number of anti-Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) hate crimes and violence, … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $850 Million in Federal Investments to Improve Transit for Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will benefit from significant transit investments, thanks in part to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Illinois will receive over $850 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for transportation improvements that will allow our state's transit agencies to modernize and expand services, all while creating economic opportunity … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Senator Duckworth Joins Senator Markey, Representative Bush in Letter to Biden Administration Recommending an Environmental Justice Scorecard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate's Environmental Justice Caucus, joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-MO-01) and other Congressional colleagues in a letter to White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Brenda Mallory providing recommendations for developing a comprehensive, accessible and transparent Environmental Justice (EJ) Scorecard to measure and monitor the progress federal … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Duckworth Leads Colleagues in Urging FDA to Act Swiftly to Reduce High Levels of Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Foods

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance to reduce levels of lead in baby food earlier this week, today U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29) are once again urging FDA to take quick and significant action to reduce high levels of toxic heavy metals-including lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium-in baby food and … Continue Reading


January 30, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Casey, Dingell in Introducing Bill to Provide Historic, Permanent Investment in Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI-6) in introducing legislation to expand access to home and community-based services for older adults, people with disabilities and injured workers, while increasing pay and improving benefits for the caregivers who provide this life-sustaining care. The Better Care Better Jobs Act would enhance Medicaid … Continue Reading


January 26, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Booker, Schakowsky, García, Trahan Introduce Mentoring to Succeed Act

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL-4) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-3), introduced the bicameral Mentoring to Succeed Act in recognition of January as National Mentoring Month. This legislation provides a strong, sustainable support system through mentorship to ensure that children who experience … Continue Reading


January 26, 2023

Duckworth Joins U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), long-time member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, will join the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 118th Congress. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is an Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. "I'm … Continue Reading


January 26, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Calling On FTC to Investigate Continued Marketing To Kids of The JR-15 Rifle By Wee 1 Tactical

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Alex Padilla (D-CA), to call on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the continued marketing to children of the "JR-15" rifle by Illinois-based company Wee 1 Tactical. While children under … Continue Reading


January 26, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Protecting Children With Food Allergies Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act, which would require school food personnel to complete a food allergy training, so that they are better equipped to prevent and respond to emergency situations involving allergic food reactions. Over the past two decades, the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. has more than doubled. Now, more than eight … Continue Reading


January 24, 2023

Duckworth Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Preserve Small Business Education Training for Servicemembers, Veterans and Military Spouses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reintroduced her bipartisan Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2023, which would codify the Small Business Administration's (SBA) "Boots to Business" (B2B) program into law through 2028. The B2B program is an entrepreneurship education and training program for servicemembers, Veterans, National Guard and Reserve Members as well as military spouses transitioning from military service to civilian life. Codifying this program into law … Continue Reading


January 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce CMS Funding To Address Physician Shortage In Illinois

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded new Medicare Graduate Medical Education funding to support an additional 14 residency slots for hospitals in Illinois. With this new federal funding, five Illinois hospitals will be able to expand their medical training opportunities for new doctors, in order to help address the nation's physician shortage. "Doctors and health … Continue Reading


January 21, 2023

Duckworth Secures $1 Million in Funding for Rockford Emergency Operation Center to Help Keep Residents Safe

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Rockford officials to discuss the construction of a Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center in Rockford, a project for which she secured $1 million in Congressionally Directed Spending. Duckworth met with Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford Fire Chief Michele Pankow and other officials to discuss the project, which will serve as the hub of all response activities for fire, police, public works and other governmental … Continue Reading


January 20, 2023

Duckworth Tours Rockford’s AAR Corp, Underscores Importance of Community Workforce Development

[ROCKFORD, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured AAR Corp's facilities and met with leadership of the aviation service provider. Duckworth viewed multiple ten-story bays that hold the Boeing 737s that AAR is modifying for the military as well as 737s being held for maintenance repair. During the tour, the Senator emphasized the importance of strengthening the Rockford workforce through aviation technical training and job placement programs with local colleges. … Continue Reading


January 20, 2023

Duckworth Highlights Job Creation, Investment and Economic Growth in Northern Illinois

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today highlighted Northern Illinois's robust future for investment and job growth throughout the region during a visit to Collins Aerospace. Following a tour and discussion of Collins Aerospace's emerging technology initiatives, Duckworth met with local leaders, including U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17) and Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, to discuss business growth and investment following the Region 1 … Continue Reading


January 19, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Application Process for U.S. Attorney in Northern District of Illinois

[CHICAGO, I.L.]- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that they will begin accepting applications from those interested in serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The Senators will be assisted by a screening committee that the Senators established in 2021 to review and vet candidates for judicial and Department of Justice positions and to advise the Senators … Continue Reading

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