Press Releases

April 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud HHS for Prioritizing Early Childhood Education in Southwest Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced an infusion of support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be awarded to Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. "Head Start and Early Head Start programs are critical for kids throughout Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the … Continue Reading

April 29, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Nomination of David Capozzi to Amtrak Board of Directors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after President Joe Biden nominated David Capozzi to serve on Amtrak's Board of Directors. Capozzi will serve in the designated disability advocate seat on the board, a provision Duckworth authored and successfully included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure an individual with a disability who has a demonstrated history or experience with accessibility, mobility and inclusive … Continue Reading

April 28, 2022

Duckworth and Durbin Join Hirono and Senate Colleagues in Supporting Biden Administration Proposal to Reverse Harmful Trump Immigration Rule

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and 10 of their Senate colleagues in submitting comments in support of the Biden Administration's proposal to better support immigrants by updating the "public charge" regulation. The Biden Administration's proposed regulation would replace the public charge rule enacted by the Trump Administration in 2019. The 2019 rule made it significantly more … Continue Reading

April 27, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin statement on confirmation of LaDon Reynolds to Serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern 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 unanimously confirmed LaDon Reynolds to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois: "LaDon Reynolds is a seasoned law enforcement veteran who will serve with distinction in this important role. Starting in 1994, Chief Reynolds held several high-ranking positions for the Oak … Continue Reading

April 27, 2022

Duckworth Reinforces Support for Restaurants in Meeting with Illinois Restaurant Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) to discuss the ongoing support needed for restaurants as they work to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Duckworth is a strong supporter of replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and is a co-sponsor of the Continuing Emergency Support for Restaurants Act. "No one should be surprised that among the restaurants that managed to survive the deadly … Continue Reading

April 27, 2022

Duckworth Secures Support from Coast Guard Commandant Nominee for Her Efforts to Prevent Military Hunger

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, met with Admiral Linda Fagan to discuss her nomination to become Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. During their conversation, Senator Duckworth secured Admiral Fagan's support for her efforts to update the law to ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture excludes Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) when calculating a U.S. Coast Guard active duty member's … Continue Reading

April 26, 2022

Duckworth Re-Introduces Legislation to Expand Voting Rights and Improve Civic Participation

[WASHINGTON D.C.]- Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), alongside 12 democratic Senators, re-introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens' participation in the democratic process. The PROVE Act would allow for U.S. citizens aged 16 and 17 to pre-register to be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. Additionally, the PROVE Act also provides $25 million in grants, over two years, for states … Continue Reading

April 22, 2022

Duckworth, Casey, Markey, Van Hollen, Blumenthal Urge Department of Transportation to Make Infrastructure Investments Accessible for Seniors, People with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), communities across the country are seeing historic investments in local transportation, from upgrades to public transit to airport rehabilitation. As funding is disseminated for various infrastructure projects, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are urging U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to ensure … Continue Reading

April 22, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Nomination of Rachelle Crowe to Serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois & David Davis to Serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.]- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the White House announced the nominations of Rachelle L. Crowe to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois and David C. Davis to serve as United States Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois. Based on recommendations made by the screening committee the Senators established in the Southern District, Duckworth and … Continue Reading

April 21, 2022

In Chicago, Duckworth Leads Field Hearing on Her Bipartisan Law’s Impact on Removing Lead From Drinking Water

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, today led a subcommittee field hearing in Chicago on the implementation of her Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is helping support the replacement of lead service lines throughout Illinois and across the country. As the state with the most known lead service lines in the … Continue Reading

April 21, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Opening of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Midwest Defense Innovation Hub in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, attended the grand opening for the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit's (DIU) Chicago office-the Midwest Defense Innovation Hub. The new Hub, which is the first in the region, will work across Illinois and throughout 11 other Midwestern states to assist the DoD in strengthening national security by connecting the DoD with … Continue Reading

April 21, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Support for New Community Service Building to Help Over 165,000 Western Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced federal support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency to help increase community services throughout western Illinois. With this announcement, the Council will purchase and renovate a new space to continue and expand community service offerings, such as low-income home energy assistance, counseling and prevention … Continue Reading

April 19, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Biden Administration’s Announcement of NEPA Phase 1 Regulation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, issued the following statement after White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase 1 regulation: "Today's announcement from the Biden administration is an important development that will help restore the integrity of NEPA in a fair and balanced way, while increasing efficiencies across agencies and … Continue Reading

April 13, 2022

Duckworth, Young, Kildee Re-Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Families from Lead in Federally Assisted Housing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI-05) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to protect families living in assisted housing from lead found in drinking water. The Get the Lead out of Assisted Housing Act would help protect families from lead exposure by requiring the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban … Continue Reading

April 12, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration Decision to Sell E15 Gasoline During Summer Driving Season, Helping Cut Cost of Gas for Working Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's announcement that the U.S. will temporarily allow the sale of E15 gasoline during the driving season this summer to help lower costs for working Americans while providing a cleaner, more affordable option at the pump: "I'm glad President Biden heeded our call to help lower prices at the pump for working families by allowing for the sale of E15 fuel during the … Continue Reading

April 08, 2022

Duckworth, Cassidy, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Research on the Impact on Cognitive Processes Due to COVID–19 Infection

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and support research surrounding the neurological impacts of COVID-19. The Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cognitive Research Act would authorize the National Science Foundation to award grants on a competitive basis to support interdisciplinary research on the disruption of cognitive processes associated with both short-term and long-term … Continue Reading

April 08, 2022

Duckworth Joins Shaheen in Leading Bipartisan Resolution to Support Ukrainian Women on the Frontlines of the Humanitarian Crisis & War Efforts against Russia

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in leading a bipartisan group of women Senators in a resolution to recognize women's roles in all aspects of the defense of Ukraine and the preservation of Ukraine's freedom. The resolution recognizes that women are often the targets of deliberate violence during conflicts, which is evident … Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Duckworth, Colleagues Unveil Legislation to Expand Access to Treatment for Those Struggling with Long COVID

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) as well as U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), introduced the Targeting Resources for Equitable Access to Treatment for Long COVID (TREAT Long COVID) Act to increase access to medical care and treatment for communities and individuals struggling with long COVID. This first-of-its-kind legislation would … Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Infusion to Create Jobs, Improve Illinois’s Transit Systems

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced how Illinois communities of all sizes will benefit from transit support through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will enable transit agencies across the state to create good-paying local jobs, modernize and expand services in Illinois by purchasing new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs and transition to new technologies to address the climate crisis. This announcement is a result of … Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court. Late last month, Duckworth met with Judge Jackson and photos from that meeting are available here and b-roll footage is available here. "Judge Jackson made history today as one of the most qualified and impressive individuals ever confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Her extensive background and wealth of experience, … Continue Reading

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