Press Releases

December 10, 2019

Duckworth Discusses Women in Leadership & Family Friendly Policies at Politico’s Women Rule Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today participated in a panel discussion titled "Women, Workforce and Reinvention" at Politico's Women Rule Summit. Duckworth discussed challenges she has faced throughout her career, as well as legislation she has introduced to help make it easier for families to raise children across the country. A photo of Duckworth speaking at the event is available here. Key quotes: "My daughter just turned five a couple weeks ago. She's … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Duckworth, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Support Small Businesses Owned by Spouses of Deceased Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Act, which would allow the spouses of deceased veterans who owned small businesses to retain their contract preference status regardless of the degree of disability the servicemember experienced. "We created the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program to help give Veterans priority in the VA procurement marketplace so those who served our nation … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Duckworth, Colleagues Seek Input from Environmental Justice Leaders on Ways to Address Climate Change

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environment Justice Caucus and member of the U.S. Senate Democrat's Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, led 15 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to leaders of the environmental justice movement asking for input on policy that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change in low-income communities and communities of color that have borne the brunt of our environmental … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Duckworth Helps Introduce Bill to Ensure Proper-Fitting Body Armor & Protective Equipment is Available for Female Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (D-IA), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing bipartisan legislation to improve troop readiness and effectiveness by addressing issues of inadequate and ill-fitting body armor and personal protective equipment (PPE) across the military. "When I was serving overseas, I experienced firsthand how our military's body armor and protective equipment hasn't always … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Duckworth at Reagan National Defense Forum: US Leadership Requires Strong Diplomacy and Economic Engagement, Not Only Military Power

[SIMI VALLEY, CA] - Today, on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about multiple components of America's leadership on the global stage, highlighting the need for strategic diplomacy and economic engagement in addition to a strong military, as part of a panel discussion moderated by ABC News' Jonathan Karl during the 2019 Reagan National Defense Forum in California. Duckworth was joined by Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $500,000 to Support Illinois Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $563,741 in federal funding today to help Kankakee expand economic opportunities and improve housing and living environments for low-to-moderate income individuals. Today's funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program. "Children and families in need in Kankakee and all across Illinois rely on investments like these … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Duckworth and Isakson Bipartisan Bill to Fix Immigration Policy for Children of U.S. Servicemembers and Civil Servants Passes House of Representatives

[WASHINGTON, DC] - This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a companion version of U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) bipartisan Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act. This legislation would fix a problem in current law that disadvantages certain children whose parents are serving our nation abroad in uniform or in the civil service. It would modernize Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to cut … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Bipartisan Duckworth Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - A bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC) recognizing November as National Runaway Prevention Month passed the U.S. Senate this week. The resolution will help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on how to help end youth homelessness. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Patty … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Join Schatz and Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with 14 other Senators led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), reintroduced legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen numerous major hacks or data leaks of private user information … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Duckworth Presses Military Leaders to Address Unsafe Military Housing Conditions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At today's U.S. Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee Hearing, Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned military leaders on their inadequate response to unsafe military housing conditions and requested that every Garrison Commander's evaluation report include a line item on maintaining the highest quality of housing for our troops and their families. Duckworth also highlighted the urgent need for the military to reduce exposure to harmful … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin and Kelly Urge EPA to Act on Dangerous Levels of Soil Contamination in Chicago’s Southeast Side

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to remediate soil contaminated with manganese, a known neurotoxin, by using the State of Illinois’ more protective manganese clean-up threshold. Residents living near S.H. Bell and Watco facilities on Chicago’s Southeast Side have historically been exposed to … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Address Public Housing Crisis in East St. Louis and Across Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), introduced the Housing is Infrastructure Act, comprehensive legislation to address the nation's affordable housing crisis, including public housing and low- and mixed-income housing through infrastructure investments. The bill would specifically add $70 billion to the Public Housing Capital Fund, which will aid in building, modernizing, and rehabilitating the public … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Duckworth Visits National Runaway Safeline, Recognizes National Runaway Prevention Month

[CHICAGO, IL] - U. S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with staff and volunteers at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) the Chicago-based federally-designated national hotline and online service for runaway and homeless youth. Earlier today, Duckworth introduced a resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. Photos from today's visit are available here. "Every child should have access to a safe place to sleep at night," said Duckworth. "Yet, far too many … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Duckworth Meets With McDonald’s Workers, Urges New CEO to Address Harassment

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with McDonald's workers and representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to hear directly from the company's employees about harassment and retaliation they have experienced. Following the meeting, Duckworth reiterated her call for the company to improve its protections against harassment in a letter to the new CEO, Chris Kempczinski. McDonald's previous CEO never responded to Duckworth's initial request, … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Duckworth Hosts Chicago Roundtable on Deported Veterans and Supporting Immigrant Military Families

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable today with members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Green Card Veterans to discuss issues facing immigrant Veterans and their families. Duckworth highlighted her legislation to protect and support Veterans and servicemembers, as well as discussed her recent Veterans Day visit to Tijuana, Mexico, where she met with Veterans who have been deported. Photos from today's roundtable … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Duckworth, Sullivan, Durbin, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. If passed, the resolution would help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on how to help end youth homelessness. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA) also joined … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Duckworth Chairs Climate Crisis Committee Hearing on Environmental Justice

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis-which is chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee- entitled, "Perspectives from the front lines: how climate change uniquely impacts environmental justice communities." Duckworth discussed the unique climate change impacts faced by low-income communities and communities of color … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Duckworth Leads Colleagues in Sending Letter to FDA about Heavy Metals in Baby Food

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led 8 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Admiral Brett Giroir, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Acting Commissioner, requesting that the FDA take immediate action to ensure the safety of our nation's baby and toddler food. The letter comes on the heels of a recent report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which found that 95 percent of baby food tested had toxic heavy metals-including lead, arsenic, cadmium and … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Following Duckworth’s Request, Federal Government Announces Preliminary Investigation into Toxic Pollution in Sauget

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a letter sent by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's Environmental Justice Caucus, a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced it will conduct a preliminary investigation into potential health hazards in Sauget, Illinois, emanating from pollution near the Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration facility. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is the premier federal agency … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Bipartisan Duckworth Bill to Help National Labs Find Qualified Employees Passes Senate Committee

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee unanimously today and will now be considered by the full Senate. With many employees of our National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) retiring age, the DOE National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act (Apprenticeships for Complete and Committed Employment for Specialized Skills) would establish … Continue Reading

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