Press Releases

July 23, 2018

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After the Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, released the following statement: "During our meeting earlier this month, Robert Wilkie pledged that he would oppose VA privatization and showed that he is committed to maintaining the VA's mission as the principle coordinator of care," Duckworth said. "I hope … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

Duckworth, Murray and 20 Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End the Trump Administration’s Practice of Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 20 of their colleagues introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act this week to protect the health and well-being of pregnant and young women in custody by establishing new standards of care and transparency and prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shackling pregnant women in its custody. "The Trump Administration's practice of shackling and detaining … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Duckworth: Kavanaugh Unwilling to Protect Many of the Individual Rights and Legal Protections We Hold Dear

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement today: "In order to earn the consent of the United States Senate, any President's Supreme Court nominee should be able to demonstrate integrity, wisdom, independence and a commitment to interpreting the United States Constitution and applying the law in a fair and principled manner. After carefully reviewing Judge Kavanaugh's opinions, speeches, presentations and prior confirmation hearing testimony, it is … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and 10 colleagues in introducing the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act this week. The legislation that would immediately reunify all families and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained immigrants with … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Duckworth Announces $1.6 Million for the National Runaway Safeline

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced a total of $1,600,000 in federal funding today for the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). This funding comes through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will assist the NRS in fulfilling their mission to keep runaways, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the street. "Every child should have access to a safe place to sleep at night," said Duckworth. "Yet, far too many young Americans end up on the street … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Duckworth Meets with Council on Environmental Quality Nominee Mary Neumayr

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Mary Neumayr, designee to be chair of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) if confirmed by the Senate. Duckworth and Neumayr discussed the deficiencies of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the urgent need to strengthen the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) to better protect the public from neurotoxins and other water contaminants. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on FCC’s Sinclair-Tribune Merger Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's statement yesterday expressing "serious concerns" about Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed acquisition of Tribune Media and calling for the FCC's review of the potential acquisition to be paused so certain legal questions can be resolved by the FCC's administrative law judge, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: "After months of sounding the … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

After Alarming Federal Report Shows Less than Half of Schools Even Test for Lead in Water, Duckworth Reiterates Call to Protect Children from Contaminated Drinking Water

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following today's release of the United States Government Accountability Office report that found less than half of school districts nationwide tested for lead in their schools' drinking water in 2016 and 2017 - and of the 43 percent of school districts tested, 37 percent found elevated lead levels - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who has already introduced a bill to address this issue, released the following statement: "When families send their children to school, … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Duckworth on Trump's Secret Meeting with Vladimir Putin: "Shocking and Disgraceful"

"It is difficult to overstate the damage done by Donald Trump's shocking and disgraceful show of weakness on the world stage. The strong global alliances and global belief in American leadership that Donald Trump has taken just days to tear down over the last week will take generations to rebuild. This is a man who wants to work closely with our fiercest adversaries and believes our allies in the European Union are our foes, but refuses to believe the consensus of his entire intelligence … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Duckworth: Russia Must Be Held Accountable for Attacks on America, Trump Must Cancel Putin Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted 12 Russian military officers for interfering in the 2016 election with cyberattacks on Democrats, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "These indictments could not be clearer. American democracy was the target of a careful, systematic and intentional attack aimed at undermining the bedrock of our democracy: free and open elections without foreign interference. "Today's … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth, Murphy and 23 of Their Senate Colleagues Press Haley On U.S. Efforts To Block International Breastfeeding Resolution

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 23 of their colleagues expressed concerns today about reports that the United States worked to extract language to 'protect, promote and support breast-feeding' within the World Health Assembly's proposed resolution. The Senators also expressed concerns about the United States' threat to impose tariffs or cuts in assistance against countries in support of the resolution. "Women should have access … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth Votes Against Paul Ney to be U.S. Department of Defense General Counsel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and Combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting against Paul Ney to be the next General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense: "For too long, Congress has stood idly by as Presidents seized more and more war powers, even though the Constitution clearly vests in Congress the responsibility to declare war, establish our Armed Forces and do everything necessary and proper to defend our nation. The people of Illinois … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth: Next Supreme Court Justice Could Prevent Women Like Me From Starting Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and mother of two daughters, today highlighted just how impactful the decisions of the next Supreme Court Justice could be-not only for working Americans and Americans with pre-existing conditions, but for all American women including those, like the Senator, who rely on IVF and other assistive reproductive technologies to start and grow their families. At a press conference on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senators Patty … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $3 Million for Chicagoland Head Start Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $2,953,750 in federal funding today to help children from low-income families in Northwest Illinois access Head Start and Early Head Start programs through Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $6 Million for Southern Illinois Head Start Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $5,818,926 in federal funding today to help children from low-income families in Southern Illinois access Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical assistance, strategic partnerships and more in order to help … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $7 Million for Northwest Illinois Head Start Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $7,045,925 in federal funding today to help children from low-income families in Northwest Illinois access Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical assistance, strategic partnerships and more in order to help … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $9 Million for Central Illinois Head Start Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $9,175,062 in federal funding today to help children from low-income families in Central Illinois access Head Start, Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical assistance, strategic partnerships … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $70,000 for Strategic Economic Planning in North Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $70,000 in federal funding today to help create jobs and encourage economic development throughout North Central Illinois. This funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Planning Program, which assists communities as they develop and implement plans to enhance their local economies. "It's important for local community and business leaders to … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Duckworth Meets with HUD Inspector General Nominee Rae Oliver Davis

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Ms. Rae Oliver Davis, the nominee to be the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an independent investigatory officer tasked with weeding out waste, fraud and mismanagement and helping bring accountability to wrongdoers within the agency and in housing authorities across the country. Duckworth and Oliver Davis had an extensive conversation about Illinois housing priorities … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey and 9 Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Help Small and Disadvantaged Communities Improve the Safety of their Drinking Water

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 9 other senators this week to reintroduce the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act. This legislation will authorize more than $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water … Continue Reading

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