Press Releases

July 10, 2018

Duckworth Meets with VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator, combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met today with Robert Wilkie, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to discuss his nomination and how to ensure America's Veterans can access the quality care and support they have earned. Duckworth served 23 years in the Reserve Forces and still receives her own healthcare services through VA. B-roll of the meeting is available here … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "The newfound urgency to fill Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court seat from many of the same people who refused to even consider President Obama's nominee is transparent opportunism that represents everything Americans hate most about politics today. We can't ignore the reality that Donald Trump wants to take us back … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Duckworth, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Support Women Entrepreneurs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation to reauthorize a federal agency that helps coordinate federal resources and grow women-owned businesses. There are currently an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses operating in the United States, a number that has grown by 45 percent between 2007 and 2016. Duckworth and Heitkamp's bill would build … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s Opposition to World Health Assembly Breastfeeding Resolution

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to reports that the Trump Administration opposed a World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding and threatened other countries in order to get them to drop their support of the resolution, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "There is no question that breastfeeding plays a critical role in children's development and helps reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases for children and mothers alike. The health … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Dixon on Thursday

[DIXON, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" this Thursday at the Loveland Community House in Dixon, Illinois, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months to offer … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Freeport on Thursday

[FREEPORT, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" this Thursday at the Freeport Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months to offer constituents who may not … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Long-Overdue Resignation of Scott Pruitt

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After the long-overdue resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "It's abundantly clear that Scott Pruitt abused the public trust by using his government position to finance his lavish lifestyle and the President should have asked for his resignation months ago. Pruitt wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on first-class plane tickets, private planes, luxury hotels, office furniture, and a large 24/7 … Continue Reading


July 03, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $16.4 Million for Illinois AmeriCorps Programs

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $16,426,522 million in federal funding to support community service programs throughout Illinois. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that promotes community service across the country, will be distributing $11,624,109 to 16 Illinois-based organizations to help more than 900 AmeriCorps members serve local communities, pay back student loans and cover the cost of … Continue Reading


July 01, 2018

Duckworth: New Supreme Court Pick Could Stop Women Like Me from Having Kids & End Pre-Existing Condition Protections

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This morning, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy, how overturning Roe v. Wade could prevent women like her from using IVF treatments to have children, and the Trump Administration's continuing failure to reunite many of the immigrant children they have torn apart from their parents. Video of the interview is available here. Key Excerpts: On SCOTUS: "Roe v. Wade is important to me. I … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Hours After Duckworth, 40 Senators Demand Investigation into Treatment of Children Separated from Parents, HHS IG Launches Inquiry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it would conduct a comprehensive review of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program just hours after U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 38 other Senate Democrats in demanding the Inspector General look into the issue. The request for an investigation follows … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Help Reintroduce Legislation To Increase Transparency in America's Campaign Finance System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and all Senate Democrats in introducing legislation to shine a light on the unlimited, secret spending flooding American elections. The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2018 (DISCLOSE Act) would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors and help guard against hidden foreign interference in … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $12,800 for Public Safety Improvements in Aledo, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $12,800 in federal funding today to help the City of Aledo purchase a new squad car for the Aledo Police Department. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which assists rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities. "Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities such as Aledo to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $110,000 for Rural Development in Southern Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $109,800 in federal funding today to help improve public safety and public services in Central Illinois. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which assists rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities. "Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities in Southern Illinois to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $276,000 for Rural Development in Central Illinois Communities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $276,747 in federal funding today to help improve public safety, housing, water infrastructure and energy efficiency in Central Illinois. The grants come from four programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) office of Rural Development (Community Facilities, Rural Energy for American Program (REAP), Water & Waste Disposal and Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance). "Investments … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth Calls on HHS & DHS to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to develop and implement a plan immediately to reunite families who were forcibly separated under Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. In a letter to Secretary Azar and Secretary Nielsen, Duckworth also demanded they provide information to ensure separated children are being adequately cared … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Duckworth Votes for Farm Bill to Support Farmers, Working Illinoisans & Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement applauding the inclusion of several Illinois priorities in the Farm Bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate today with Duckworth's vote. The legislation includes provisions that will ensure farmers receive the assistance they need, support Veteran farmers and urban agriculture efforts, and create historic investments in land and water conservation. "The strength of America's farmers is a reflection of … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing new legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would allow states to continue to decide how they will treat marijuana possession by removing marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, while preserving the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court Decision

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the Supreme Court decision in Janus v AFSCME curtailing workers' rights and limiting the ability of public-sector unions to collectively bargain on behalf of their members, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "As income inequality rises and middle-class wages lag behind, we need to do everything we can to make it easier for working Americans to join a union and negotiate for fair wages and a better workplace. Unfortunately, this … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth, Merkley, Senators Call on Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Trump Administration's Treatment of Migrant Children

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and all of her Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the Trump administration's treatment of children and infants coming across the Southern border. Following Donald Trump's Executive Order last week, new questions were raised about whether the children who have already been separated will be reunited with their families, and how children will be … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Galesburg Tomorrow

[GALESBURG, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Galesburg Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading

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