Press Releases

March 02, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Broadcasters Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with several members of the Illinois Broadcasters Association to discuss their shared legislative priorities as well as Duckworth's work to support public broadcasting and local, rural media outlets. "Broadcasters play an invaluable role in ensuring Illinoisans are informed and maybe most importantly-engaged-in their communities," Duckworth said. "I was glad to meet with members of the Illinois Broadcasters Association to … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Duckworth, Capito Reintroduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating March as National Endometriosis Awareness Month

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today reintroduced a resolution recognizing the significance of endometriosis as a chronic disease affecting millions of women and designating March 2023 as National Endometriosis Awareness Month. This resolution would also encourage the U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide information on endometriosis to women, patients and providers and to improve … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Infrastructure Priorities With Mississippi River Mayors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members of the Mississippi River Cities and Town Initiative (MRCTI), including Alton Mayor David Goins, to discuss the legislative priorities for municipalities along the Mississippi River. Duckworth and Goins, along with other Mississippi River mayors, discussed the importance of water infrastructure restoration and resiliency, as well as economic development and clean water initiatives. A photo from today's meeting is … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Duckworth Secures Commitment from FAA Administrator Nominee Phil Washington to Uphold 1,500-Hour Rule for Commercial Pilots

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation-the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-questioned Phil Washington during his hearing to be Administrator of the FAA. During her remarks, Duckworth secured commitment from Washington that, if confirmed, he would uphold the 1,500-hour rule … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Duckworth Discusses Energy with Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and Illinois Municipal Utilities Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with several Illinois mayors, local officials and members of the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) and the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) to discuss her legislative priorities. Duckworth spoke about the importance of renewable energy, energy security, addressing climate change and her support for strengthening Illinois's supply chains. She also highlighted federal infrastructure investments through the … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Secure $66.5 Million for Chicago O’Hare, Peoria and St. Louis Airport Renovations

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a combined $66.5 million in federal funding for Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Peoria International Airport and St. Louis Downtown Airport from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's Airport Terminal Program (ATP). Chicago O'Hare International Airport, awarded $50,000,000, will use these funds to rehabilitate and expand the 60-year-old Terminal 3. This is the largest … Continue Reading


February 28, 2023

Duckworth Reintroduces Bill to Establish Bronzeville Church that Held Emmett Till’s Funeral as a National Monument

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the last day of Black History Month 2023, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to designate the church that held Emmett Till's pivotal funeral in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood as a national monument. The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley, and Roberts Temple National Historic Site Act would establish the church as a national monument to be managed by the U.S. National Park Service to ensure that the historic church will be … Continue Reading


February 28, 2023

Duckworth Celebrates Julie Su’s Nomination to be Secretary of Labor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden officially nominated Julie Su to be the next Secretary of Labor: "Julie Su is the most qualified person to be our nation's next Secretary of Labor and I'm thrilled that President Biden nominated her to serve in his Cabinet today. With her proven track-record serving as the Department of Labor's Chief Operating Officer, I'm confident Deputy Secretary Su is prepared to lead the … Continue Reading


February 28, 2023

Duckworth Returns from Asia, Visit Focused on Expanding Investments, Strengthening Ties and Bolstering Alliances

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) and Armed Services (SASC) Committees, led a trip to Japan and Indonesia last week as part of her continuing efforts to strengthen ties and reinforce support between allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and the United States. This was her first trip abroad as a member of SFRC, and on her visit, Duckworth met with government, trade and business leaders, … Continue Reading


February 24, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Ramirez Urge Surface Transportation Board To Delay Decision On Canadian Pacific And Kansas City Southern Rail Merger Until After A Thorough Review Of The Risks Involved In The Increased Transportation Of Hazardous Materi

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) in sending a letter to Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman in the wake of the derailment of a freight train carrying toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, to urge the STB to delay any final decision on the proposed merger between the Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads until after it … Continue Reading


February 24, 2023

Duckworth Accepting Applications for FY2024 Congressionally Directed Spending Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced she is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests. The CDS process does not represent new spending, rather it enables Members of Congress to allocate existing funding for specific local projects by units of government, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that meet strict eligibility requirements. Applications to Duckworth's office are due by Friday, March 10. … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $375,000 For City of Rockford Through Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the city of Rockford, Illinois, has been awarded $375,031 through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. This is the first round of funding from this program, making Rockford one of the first awardees in the nation. The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program is the first federal program dedicated to reconnecting … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth Applauds Implementation of Her Bipartisan Law to Help Connect Incarcerated Americans with Their Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for her actions to implement the Senator's new law to strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. The Senator's law, the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act, helps families keep in touch with their incarcerated family members, which studies have shown can help reduce recidivism rates and thereby save taxpayer dollars. The … Continue Reading


February 23, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2 Million for Illinois Institute of Technology University Transportation Systems

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the Illinois Institute of Technology's Center for Assured and Resilient Navigation in Advanced Transportation Systems will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Today's announcement comes through DOT's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which supports colleges and universities' research efforts to advance safe, efficient, and … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin & Budzinski Applaud DOT for Supporting University of Illinois Urbana Champaign’s Future Transportation Experts

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) today announced that the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign's Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation Center will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Today's announcement comes through DOT's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which supports colleges and universities' research efforts to advance … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Urge Biden Administration to Limit Availability Of Junk Health Care Plans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action and address short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans, or junk plans, which fail to provide adequate, comprehensive health insurance coverage. "Now, more than ever, the Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Duckworth in Indonesia to Continue Work Strengthening Ties Throughout Southeast Asia

[JAKARTA, INDONESIA] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today arrived in Indonesia on a Congressional delegation she arranged in her continuing efforts to strengthen ties and reinforce support between Southeast Asia and the United States. Indonesia is the second half in Duckworth's trip to Asia this week, following a stop in Japan, her first trip abroad as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Duckworth will meet with government and business leaders, including Association … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Duckworth Calls on President Biden to Expand Efforts to Keep Infant Formula Affordable and Available

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As our nation's troubling infant formula shortage continues and with yet another recall announced this week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called on President Biden to expand efforts to keep formula on store shelves and keep prices affordable for working families. In a letter sent today, Duckworth urged the President to act under existing emergency authority to temporarily waive tariffs on select infant formula products to help lower prices and increase supply … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $18 Million from USDA Reconnect Program to Bring High-Speed Internet Access to Communities Across Rural Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $18,066,450 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect Grant program to bring high-speed internet access to residents living and working across Warren, Henderson, Hancock, and McDonough counties. "This federal investment will have a real impact as over 1,500 Illinoisans, 41 businesses and 274 farms across four counties will soon … Continue Reading


February 20, 2023

Duckworth in Japan, Working to Expand Investments in Illinois & Strengthen Ties

[TOKYO, JAPAN] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrived in Japan on a Congressional delegation she arranged in her continuing efforts to strengthen economic ties and grow that country's investments in the United States, specifically in Illinois. In her first trip abroad as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Duckworth will meet with government, trade and economic leaders as well as corporate and business officials to highlight how Illinois is uniquely positioned for … Continue Reading

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