Press Releases

March 10, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Murray, DeLauro in Re-introducing Bicameral Bill to Help Achieve Equal Pay

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Ahead of Equal Pay Day on March 14th , U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) this week in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bicameral legislation would address wage discrimination and help close the wage gap by strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and ensuring women can challenge pay discriminations and hold employers accountable. "Every single day, … Continue Reading

March 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $350 Million Slated for CTA Red Line Extension

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that $350 million has been slated from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help continue the progress on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red Line Extension project. The Red Line Extension is one of the 18 major transit projects recommended for funding today in President Biden's Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget Request to … Continue Reading

March 09, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Ethanol Production with Illinois Farm Bureau

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Director Adam Nielsen and IFB members to discuss ethanol production and other upcoming legislative priorities as Congress is set to reauthorize the Farm Bill this year. Photos from the meeting are available here. "America has always depended on our nation's farmers and ranchers to grow the food and fuel we need, and I'm proud to advocate for them on both the national and international … Continue Reading

March 09, 2023

Duckworth Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2028 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 08, 2023

Ahead of the 20th Anniversary of Iraq War, Duckworth, Durbin Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Formally Ending Gulf and Iraq Wars

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Iraq war, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), today applauded committee passage of bipartisan legislation, led by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN), to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), formally ending the Gulf and Iraq wars. The 1991 and 2002 … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Calls on Colleagues to Swiftly Confirm Dilawar Syed as SBA Deputy Administrator

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE), today called on Senate Republicans to finally allow a vote on the nomination of Dilawar Syed to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), after more than two years of needless obstruction. During her remarks at today's SBE hearing, Duckworth also secured commitment from Syed that, if confirmed, he would help ensure federal … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Meets With VFW Members, AMVETS to Discuss Veterans Issues

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with leaders and constituents from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Illinois, as well as members of American Veterans (AMVETS), to discuss both organizations' legislative priorities and her efforts on important issues impacting Veterans in Illinois and across the nation, including VA recruitment, healthcare access for Veterans and benefits modernization. Duckworth today met VFW Department of … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen U.S.-ASEAN Relations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID)-Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-and Mitt Romney (R-UT) in introducing the Providing Appropriate Recognition and Treatment Needed to Enhance Relations (PARTNER) with ASEAN Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen relations between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Community Safety and Violence Prevention with Chicago Urban League

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Chicago Urban League CEO Karen Freeman-Wilson and COO Calmetta Coleman to discuss Chicago Urban League's efforts to help keep Chicagoans safe and achieve equity for communities of color. Duckworth discussed her support of an assault weapons ban and her efforts for more commonsense gun safety reforms, as well as support for community violence prevention efforts. A photo from today's meeting is available here. "Too often, … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Leads Letter Calling on Walgreens to Clarify that Mifepristone Dispensing Decisions Remain Undecided and Premature as it Seeks FDA Certification

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led eleven colleagues in sending a letter to Walgreen's CEO Rosalind Brewer to express strong opposition to Walgreens' premature decision to publicly declare its intent to avoid dispensing Mifepristone-a FDA-approved medication for termination of pregnancy and used to treat miscarriages-in certain states. The letter also urges the company put patients first by quickly obtaining the FDA specialty certification to dispense this medication … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth Discusses How We Can Better Support Our Servicemembers During Fireside Chat at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a fireside chat at the Association of Defense Communities' National Summit in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss how we can foster more sustainable, resilient installations and defense communities that support our servicemembers and their families. During her remarks, Duckworth highlighted the importance of community involvement with … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Help Introduce Legislation to Restore and Protect Americans’ Right to an Abortion Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, on International Women's Day, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and other members of the Senate Democratic caucus in introducing the Women's Health Protection Act of 2023, federal legislation to guarantee access to abortion everywhere across the country and restore the right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare for millions of Americans. The bill's introduction … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Metro East Infrastructure Projects with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this afternoon met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Louis District Commander Colonel Kevin Golinghorst to discuss critical water infrastructure projects in the Metro East, the Upper Mississippi River and lower Illinois River watershed including the Lock and Dam 25 construction project and addressing environmental justice concerns in East St. Louis and Cahokia Heights. The Senator also highlighted Golinghorst's dedication as … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

Duckworth Meets with IDPH Director to Discuss Public Health Support in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra to discuss the continued importance of public health funding in Illinois, as the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration is set to end in May. Duckworth and Vohra discussed how Illinois can continue to support testing, vaccine and treatment programs going forward, as well as how all Illinoisans can continue to get the high quality, affordable care they … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

Duckworth, Cassidy Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Charitable Deduction Rules for Veteran Service Organizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) reintroduced the VSO Equal Tax Treatment (VETT) Act to overturn a provision of the tax code that prohibits Veteran service organizations from accepting tax-deductible donations if their membership contains over 10 percent peacetime Veterans. "Veteran service organizations provide vital support, assistance and community programming for those who served our nation," said Senator Duckworth. "I'm proud to … Continue Reading

March 05, 2023

Duckworth Statement on Passing of Disability Rights Hero Judith Heumann

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after learning of the passing of disability rights advocate and friend Judith Heumann: "This is such devastating news for the entire disability community. Judy Heumann devoted her life to expanding disability rights and making sure accessibility in our country is the default-not an afterthought. And our nation is better because of her advocacy. Rest in peace, my friend and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2023

Duckworth Joins Brown and Collins in Reintroducing Bipartisan Legislation to Get Public Employees Full Social Security Benefit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation that would ensure public sector workers and their families can receive full Social Security benefits after two previous statutes reduced them. The Senators' bill, the Social Security Fairness Act, would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) from the Social Security Act. Both … Continue Reading

March 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Help Stop Child Labor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing new legislation to help stop illegal child labor. The Child Labor Prevention Act would increase maximum fines for violations and establish new criminal penalties to deter child labor and hold employers accountable. "No child should be forced to work, much less forced to work in dangerous conditions," said Duckworth. "I'm proud to help introduce this … Continue Reading

March 03, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Help Introduce Bill to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined the bipartisan and bicameral Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2023-a comprehensive proposal to protect workers' right to come together and bargain for higher wages, better benefits and safer workplaces. "Every American deserves to work in a safe, good-paying job that allows them to support their families and save for a secure retirement, and it is unacceptable that in some … Continue Reading

March 02, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Senate Confirmation Of Colleen Lawless to Serve as District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois

[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, today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Colleen Lawless to serve as a District Court Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois: "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Judge Colleen Lawless to fill a judicial vacancy in the Central District of Illinois. Her … Continue Reading

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