Press Releases

March 28, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Shaheen, Senate Colleagues in Letter to Pentagon Underscoring National Security Imperative to Provide Abortion Leave for Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and their Senate colleagues this week in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. In their letter, the lawmakers highlighted key U.S. national security priorities tied to providing access to non-covered reproductive healthcare for servicemembers. In the wake of the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2023

Duckworth Urges FTC to Investigate Pharmaceutical Sourcing Giant for Potential Anticompetitive, Unfair and Deceptive Distribution of Federally-Approved Medication

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following public reports indicating that pharmaceutical giant AmerisourceBergen-which is the sole wholesale distributor of Mifepristone-developed business plans refusing to distribute the pill to retail pharmacies in certain states while continuing to provide it to healthcare providers in the same state, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today is calling on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the company for this anticompetitive, unfair and deceptive … Continue Reading


March 24, 2023

Duckworth to Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Foreign Relations Affects Every American

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who recently led a Congressional delegation to Indonesia and Japan, joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) this evening for a fireside chat where she discussed her work to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific region and how that relationship affects the lives of working Americans. Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, highlighted how U.S. relations with the Indo-Pacific influences everything from … Continue Reading


March 24, 2023

Duckworth Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Vehicle Efficiency and Lower Fuel Costs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) in reintroducing the bipartisan Next Generation Fuels Act, legislation that would leverage higher-octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with greater octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be utilized in the fuel supply, in turn lowering prices at the pump for consumers. "It's … Continue Reading


March 24, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Future of U.S. Military Airpower at The Hill’s Future of Defense Event

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, joined The Hill's Bob Cusack to discuss the future of airpower in our nation's national defense strategy and military readiness. In her remarks, Duckworth highlighted the need to fund and encourage innovation and diverse ideas across all types of industry. A full video of the Future of Defense event can be found here. "Innovation is key to remaining competitive … Continue Reading


March 24, 2023

Duckworth Joins Reed, Brown to Call on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Supervise “Buy Now, Pay Later” Lenders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In an effort to better protect American consumers and ensure that financial firms offering buy now, pay later (BNPL) products comply with consumer protection laws, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra, urging the CFPB to quickly bring the nation's largest BNPL providers under federal supervision. "Supervisory expectations … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Duckworth Chairs Commerce Committee Hearing on Increasing Consumer Protections and Safety in Air Travel, Advocates for More Accessibility for the Disability Community

[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-the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-chaired today's full committee hearing that sought to find ways to enhance consumer protections during air travel. During her remarks, the Senator focused on ways to improve public safety during air … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Corn Exports and Ethanol Production with Illinois Corn Growers Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association to discuss her Illinois and legislative priorities ahead of Congress's reauthorization of the Farm Bill this year. Duckworth, who was joined by members of the Association when she recently led a Congressional delegation to Japan to highlight Illinois's importance on the international stage for agricultural trade, also underscored the importance of U.S. ethanol imports to … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

After Norfolk Southern Derailment, Duckworth Questions Rail Safety in Illinois Amid Merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pushed National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy for answers about the safety and other impacts Illinoisans will see as a result of the recently-approved Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern rail merger, which the Senator vehemently opposed. In the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, Chair Homendy acknowledged that longer freight trains, as well as high tonnage, can pose … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Duckworth Joins Warren, Senate Colleagues to Call on the Fed to Strengthen Rules for Banks with Assets Over $100B

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and ten of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr, calling on him to exercise the Fed's authority to apply stronger regulation and supervision to banks with assets totaling $100 to $250 billion. "The fall of both SVB and Signature, the near-crash of First Republic, and the struggles of other regional banks shed new light on the … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Duckworth, Booker, Grijalva, Lee Introduce the A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice For All Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Today, on World Water Day, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ)—co-chairs and co-founders of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus—as well as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-07) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-12) re-introduced the newly named A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice For All Act, the most comprehensive environmental justice legislation in history. The bill … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Duckworth Secures Support from Military Leadership for Her Efforts to Expand and Bolster DoD Recruitment, Addresses Additional Recruiting Challenges Facing Military

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a full committee hearing today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, discussed how the military can expand and improve recruitment efforts as well as how increasing diversity among the ranks improves our national security. During her remarks, Duckworth advocated for and secured support from the Under Secretary of the Army, the Under Secretary of the Navy and the Acting Under Secretary for the Air … Continue Reading


March 21, 2023

Ahead of the FAA Reauthorization, Duckworth Meets with TSA Administrator on Aviation Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation today met with Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) David Pekoske to discuss their legislative priorities ahead of this fiscal year's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) reauthorization. Specifically, Duckworth highlighted some of her top priorities for the reauthorization, including safety, workforce development and improving travel … Continue Reading


March 21, 2023

Durbin, Duckworth Applaud Nomination of Jeremy Daniel to Serve as District Court Judge for The Northern District Of Illinois

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after the White House announced its intent to nominate Jeremy Daniel to serve as a District Court Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois: "We are pleased that President Biden is nominating Jeremy Daniel to fill a judicial vacancy for the Northern District of Illinois. He was highly … Continue Reading


March 20, 2023

Duckworth Joins Reed, Larson in Push for ACTION to Increase Service Opportunities Act & Helping Students Reduce Their Debt

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative John B. Larson (D-CT-01) reintroduced the America's Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act to help expand and promote opportunities for national service. This bicameral legislation would enhance access to national and community service opportunities, lower student debt, create a more engaged citizenry and address national priorities in education, … Continue Reading


March 20, 2023

Durbin, Duckworth Send Two Finalists for U.S. Attorney or The Northern District of Illinois to The White House

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today recommended two individuals for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to President Joe Biden for consideration. The two finalists are, in alphabetical order: Sergio Acosta and April Perry. "We appreciate the opportunity to provide assistance and input in filling this important position, and we look forward to … Continue Reading


March 18, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Scott Air Force Base Leadership

[COLLINSVILLE, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with and received a briefing from Scott Air Force Base Installation Commander and Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing Colonel Chris Robinson on the base's current initiatives and state of its infrastructure. Duckworth, who emphasized her support for the base's missions, was also joined by 375th Air Mobility Wing Vice Commander Colonel Rob Lowe during the meeting. Photos from the discussion are available … Continue Reading


March 18, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Illinois Aviation Priorities with Regional Airport Leaders

[COLLINSVILLE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, today hosted a roundtable discussion with Illinois regional airport leaders to discuss this year's upcoming FAA Reauthorization and the critical priorities for Illinois's regional airports. As Subcommittee Chair, Duckworth will be one of the lead negotiators on the bill. In today's meeting, she highlighted some of her top priorities for the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Madison County Mass Transit Leadership

[PONTOON BEACH, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Madison County Mass Transit leadership to discuss how she and the officials can work together to ensure that the region can continue to deliver efficient, climate-friendly and ADA-accessible service to southern Illinoisans. During the meeting, Duckworth highlighted her work in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help create good-paying local jobs, help municipalities purchase new buses and railcars, address repair … Continue Reading


March 17, 2023

In Belleville, Duckworth Celebrates Women in Law

[BELLEVILLE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined the Federal Bar Association Southern District of Illinois Chapter for their Women in Law Symposium, where she participated in a moderated discussion with Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, the Honorable Nancy Rosenstengel. During the conversation, Duckworth emphasized how it better serves our nation to value women and underrepresented voices in the judiciary branch and every form and level … Continue Reading

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