Press Releases

March 06, 2024

Duckworth Blasts Boeing’s Dangerous Pattern of Failing to Disclose 737 MAX Flight Deck Features to Pilots

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—called out Boeing’s dangerous and ongoing pattern of failing to disclose features on the 737 MAX flight deck to pilots, a pattern that has previously resulted in catastrophic consequences for passengers on-board. In today’s full committee hearing on the National … Continue Reading


March 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Farm Bureau’s New President Brian Duncan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the Illinois Farm Bureau’s new President Brian Duncan to discuss Illinois’s agricultural priorities as Congress works to reauthorize the Farm Bill. In the meeting, Duckworth also underscored her support for ethanol production, as well as her commitment to helping strengthen our national and energy security, drive down gas prices, support our farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive rural economic opportunity in … Continue Reading


March 05, 2024

Duckworth to Host Doctor Amanda Adeleye at State of the Union, Highlighting Need to Protect IVF Access

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr. Amanda Adeleye will be her 2024 State of the Union guest as part of the Senator’s continuing efforts to protect access in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Adeleye is the Medical Director of CCRM Fertility’s Chicago-area center, where she specializes in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. In the wake of Alabama’s State Supreme Court ruling that … Continue Reading


March 04, 2024

Support for Duckworth Bill to Protect IVF Access Grows After Alabama Supreme Court Ruling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In the wake of Alabama’s State Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos created during the IVF process are “children” under state law, support for U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA)’s legislation to protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) nationwide continues to grow. The Access to Family Building Act—which would establish a statutory right to access IVF for all Americans who need it to start … Continue Reading


March 01, 2024

Duckworth Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2029 Service Academy Nominations

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that her office is now accepting applications through her website from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to a United States Military Service Academy. Each year Duckworth, along with a nomination committee, selects from the applicants a group of outstanding Illinois students to … Continue Reading


March 01, 2024

Duckworth on President Biden Decision to Airdrop Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement after President Biden announced that the United States will soon airdrop humanitarian aid into Gaza: “As innocent civilians, including countless children, continue enduring increasingly dire circumstances in Gaza, I’m grateful that President Biden and his Administration are taking aggressive steps to … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Reintroduces Bill to Protect Wildlife and Water Sources from Toxic Lead Poisoning

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of both the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and Senate Lead Task Force, today reintroduced legislation to help protect animals and the environment from toxic lead poisoning by limiting the use of lead bullets on federal lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Lead Endangers Animals Daily (LEAD) Act of 2024 would direct the Department of the Interior (DOI) to issue a final … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Meets with the Illinois American Legion to Discuss Supporting Our Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, this week met with The American Legion Department of Illinois leadership to emphasize her career-long commitment to serving Veterans. She discussed shared legislative priorities with the not-for-profit’s leadership, including implementation of the PACT Act and expanded access to comprehensive healthcare for … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Wheelchair Rule She Secured and Biden Administration’s Efforts to Improve Aviation Accessibility with DOT Secretary Buttigieg

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to highlight the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new proposed rule to improve the consumer experience for passengers with disabilities, prioritize aviation accessibility as well as provide accommodations and … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Reiterates How Supporting Ukraine Helps Ukraine, the United States and the Rest of the Free World

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—joined a fireside chat hosted by the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations to reiterate the importance of additional U.S. support for Ukraine as well as to discuss how supporting our Ukrainian partners does not only help them, but is also vitally important for America’s own national security and strengthens the U.S. defense industrial … Continue Reading


February 28, 2024

Despite Claiming to Support IVF, Senate Republicans Block Duckworth Bill to Protect IVF Access Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Despite many Senate Republicans recently claiming to support in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in the days since Alabama’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that severely restricted access to IVF in that state, Senate Republicans today blocked U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) legislation that would protect access to IVF and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) nationwide. Leading a group of Senate Democrats in calling for the legislation’s passage, Duckworth urged her … Continue Reading


February 28, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Illinois Municipal Electric and Utilities Association

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Municipal Electric/Utilities Association (IMEA/IMUA) to discuss public utilities in Illinois and grid security. During their conversation, the Senators and IMEA/IMUA members spoke about the unprecedented shortage of distribution transformers, which are an essential component of electrical infrastructure that adjust the voltage of currents moving through … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Duckworth, Murray, Schumer, Baldwin, Klobuchar Call on Senate Republicans to Help Pass Bill to Protect IVF Access Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today called on Senate Republicans to get out of the way of Senate Democrats’ efforts to protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) nationwide in the wake of Alabama’s State Supreme Court … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Duckworth Meets with AFGE Local 4070 President to Discuss Staffing at Thomson Prison

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with AFGE Local 4070 President Jonathan Zumkehr to discuss staffing, hiring and retention efforts at Federal Correctional Institution Thomson. FCI Thomson is a low-security federal prison located in Thomson, Illinois. “It is critical that FCI Thomson has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission, and that includes being able to support a strong and stable workforce,” said Duckworth. “Jon and I had a productive conversation … Continue Reading


February 26, 2024

In Europe, Duckworth Gets First-Hand Look at Innovative Solutions that Could Help Address Climate Change and Bring American Energy Costs Down

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During an official visit to Sweden and the Netherlands, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee as well as co-chair of the Senate’s Environmental Justice Caucus—toured sites and met with leaders in the circular economy and energy sectors to learn more about the technologies and practices they are developing that could help tackle the climate crisis, which disproportionately impacts environmental justice communities and … Continue Reading


February 26, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, Casten Announce $100 Million to Modernize Metra Railcars and Improve Accessibility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), author of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-IL-06) today announced that Metra is expected to receive $100,000,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY24 Rail Vehicle Replacement Program for Metra’s Modern Railcars Project. This funding will support Metra in purchasing 50 modern, ADA-accessible, multilevel railcars to replace railcars that have … Continue Reading


February 23, 2024

In Europe, Duckworth Continues Successful Campaign to Strengthen Economic Ties and Secure Major Investments for Illinois

[THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in her role as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week led an official visit to Sweden and the Netherlands to meet with business leaders in the energy, manufacturing and technology sector to discuss their innovative work and highlight for them how well-positioned Illinois is for future investments that would bring more jobs and economic growth to our state. During her official visit, Duckworth met both … Continue Reading


February 23, 2024

In Sweden and Netherlands, Duckworth Reiterates Bipartisan U.S. Commitment to NATO & Helping Ukraine End Russia’s Unjust War

[WASHINGTON, DC] - During her official visit to Sweden and the Netherlands on the eve of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—reaffirmed our nation’s steadfast commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and all its members after Donald Trump’s latest swipe at the alliance. After the U.S. Senate recently passed strong bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 22, 2024

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration Decision to Sell E15 Gasoline Year-Round, Helping Cut Costs of Gas for Working Families and Support Illinois Farmers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s announcement that the U.S. will allow year-round sales of E15 gasoline in Illinois and seven other Midwestern states starting in April 2025: “I’m glad President Biden heeded our call to support our farmers and help lower prices at the pump for working families by allowing for the sale of E15 fuel year-round. This is an important start, … Continue Reading


February 21, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $206 Million for Illinois Drinking Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced over $206 million in support for Illinois to help clean up drinking water and upgrade water infrastructure throughout the state. The funding is part of the more than $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades thanks to Duckworth’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA), which she … Continue Reading

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