Press Releases

April 26, 2023

Duckworth Hosts SouthCom Mayors Coalition to Discuss Priorities for the Chicagoland Region

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with several members of the SouthCom Mayors Coalition, a group of elected officials and stakeholders who advocate for the Chicago south suburban villages of Park Forest, Richton Park and Matteson. Duckworth and the leaders discussed their shared legislative priorities for the region, including affordable housing access, infrastructure improvements and economic development. The Senator also highlighted her work in delivering … Continue Reading

April 25, 2023

Duckworth, Connolly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to IVF, Other Assisted Reproductive Technology

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) that millions of Americans need to have children, including Senator Duckworth who relied on IVF to have her two daughters. The bipartisan Family Building FEHB Fairness Act would require Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) Program-the … Continue Reading

April 25, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Kelly Introduce Two Bills to Increase Youth Employment Opportunities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) reintroduced two bills to expand and increase access to employment opportunities for underserved youth. The Helping to Encourage Real Opportunity (HERO) for Youth Act and the Assisting in Developing (AID) Youth Employment Act, which was previously titled the Creating Pathways for Youth Employment Act, will increase federal resources for … Continue Reading

April 24, 2023

Duckworth Touts Federal Funding for Stroger Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to discuss the $863,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending Request for Cook County Health's Caring for High-Risk Infants project. The funding Duckworth requested will help ensure families with newborns in the Stroger Hospital NICU receive the high-quality care needed through the purchase of new, state-of-the-art incubators, … Continue Reading

April 21, 2023

Duckworth Reacts to Supreme Court Decision to Preserve Access to Mifepristone

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court decided to restore access to mifepristone-a medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved in 2000, and which doctors have safely and effectively prescribed for more than 20 years until a Trump Judge's extreme and unprecedented decision to overturn a long-standing FDA drug-approval for the first time in our nation's history: "This was the right … Continue Reading

April 20, 2023

Duckworth Hosts First Veteran-Owned Small Business Surplus Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) hosted the first ever Virtual Surplus Property Summit for Veteran-owned small businesses. Thanks to her bipartisan Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, which is now law, Veteran entrepreneurs can acquire equipment and property that the federal government no longer has a use for at little to no cost through the Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Federal Surplus … Continue Reading

April 20, 2023

Duckworth Hosts Virtual Manufacturing and Trade Resource Fair for Illinois Businesses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During her webinar to provide support and guidance for Illinois's robust trade and manufacturing sectors, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with small business owners and economic leaders from across the state about resources and her work to boost trade, manufacturing and workforce development for Illinoisans and all Americans. The Senator highlighted her congressional delegation visits to the Indo-Pacific to help position Illinois as an ideal place for trade … Continue Reading

April 19, 2023

Duckworth Meets With BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director to Discuss Labor and Environmental Justice Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -?Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) Executive Director Jason Walsh to discuss their shared priorities to support and grow the American workforce while protecting the environment and building a more sustainable economy where everyone can thrive. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included Duckworth's Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) and is the most significant federal investment in water infrastructure in … Continue Reading

April 19, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Leader Schumer, Colleagues in Opposing Republican Attempt to Take Away Reproductive Freedom From Our Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), other Senate Democratic colleagues, reproductive rights groups and Veterans to oppose the Republican-led effort to disapprove of the Department of Veteran Affairs' interim final rule on reproductive healthcare. Senate Republicans forced a vote on their resolution this afternoon, which failed by a vote of 48-51. Full video of … Continue Reading

April 19, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Job Creation, Financial Aid and Innovation During U of I System Fireside Chat

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones for a fireside chat to discuss several of the Senator's current actions in Congress, including her advocacy for more affordable higher education, her work as founding co-chair of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, her priorities for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization and more. Photos from the fireside chat are available here. "It … Continue Reading

April 19, 2023

Duckworth Discusses TRANSCOM Priorities, Scott Air Force Base with General Van Ovost

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -?Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), spoke with General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), about many pressing issues and priorities ahead of TRANSCOM's FY24 posture hearing. Duckworth and Van Ovost discussed the Department of Defense's needs around sealift and how Congress can support and adequately provide resources for TRANSCOM specifically when it comes … Continue Reading

April 19, 2023

Duckworth Joins Merkley, Brown and Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to End Corrupt Stock Trading Activities by Members of Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in introducing the Ending Trading and Holdings in Congressional Stocks (ETHICS) Act. This bill is bipartisan and bicameral, with U.S. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and Michael Cloud (R-TX-27) leading the bill in the House. The ETHICS Act is new, comprehensive legislation that would prohibit members of Congress, their spouses and dependent children from … Continue Reading

April 18, 2023

Duckworth Hosts Champaign County Leadership and Discusses Priorities for the Region

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with several members of the Champaign County First Coalition, a group of elected officials and stakeholders who advocate for the region and highlighted her work in delivering federal infrastructure and job investments to central Illinois through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Duckworth also shared her plans to continue supporting the region as well as discussed several planned initiatives with the Coalition that would help … Continue Reading

April 18, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Association Of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today met with Craig Sondgeroth, President of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC), and their members who represents 25 different distribution co-ops and five generation/transmission co-ops that serve most of Illinois. During their meeting, the Senators spoke about the $2.3 billion in federal funding, … Continue Reading

April 18, 2023

Duckworth, Dubrin Join Democrats to File Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Prevent Dangerous Ruling from Restricting Access to Mifepristone Nationwide & Upending FDA Approval Process

[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, joined more than 250 members of Congress in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, in support of the Biden Administration's appeal of a federal district court ruling that suspends the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) more than 20-year-old approval of mifepristone as well as the decision … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Klobuchar, Grassley and Bipartisan Group of Colleagues in Letter Urging Biden Administration to Strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with a bipartisan group of 12 colleagues in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In their letter, the lawmakers call for maintaining the blending requirements for 2023, denying all pending Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), eliminating proposed retroactive cuts to the … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Duckworth Joins Peters, Fischer, Sinema, Moran to Announce New Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Women in Aviation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, joined U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to announce the new, bipartisan Promoting Women in Aviation Act. "It is frustrating that women are still dramatically underrepresented among pilots, mechanics and other critical roles in our aviation workforce-especially at a time when we … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Duckworth, Carper, Booker Statement on EPA Providing $117 million for New Environmental Justice Technical Assistance Centers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]—U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) founders and co-chairs of the Senate’s Environmental Justice Caucus (EJC), today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) selection of 17 eligible entities to serve as Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs). These EJ TCTACs will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the … Continue Reading

April 12, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $1.6 Million In National Endowment for The Humanities Awards to Illinois Institutions

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for awarding a total of $1,693,306 in grants to Illinois institutions. Highly competitive NEH grants are awarded to projects that represent the highest level of humanities, including efforts to promote lifelong learning and preserve history. The funding allocated to Illinois institutions will support programs ranging from … Continue Reading

April 07, 2023

Duckworth Reaction to Court Decision Blocking Access to Federally Approved Medication that Millions of Americans Rely On

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reacted today to a federal judge in Texas deciding to block access to mifepristone-a medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided was safe and effective more than 20 years ago: "Mifepristone was approved by the FDA 20 years ago after a rigorous scientific and legal process, but access to this critical medication that millions of Americans rely on was stripped away with a stroke of a pen by a single person who was … Continue Reading

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