Press Releases

February 20, 2018

At Quincy Veterans’ Home, Duckworth Demands Answers & Calls for Accountability on Legionnaires’ Crisis

[QUINCY, IL] - During her visit to the Quincy Veterans' Home today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) demanded answers and accountability from Illinois state officials who have been unable to contain an ongoing Legionnaires' Disease crisis that already claimed the lives of 13 Illinoisans who served their nation in uniform. Even after three years of this disease plaguing the Quincy Veterans' Home, the state has failed to protect its residents-in just the last few hours … Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Duckworth Celebrates Contributions of Asian Americans on the Lunar New Year

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth released the following statement to celebrate the Lunar New Year: "Today, on the Lunar New Year, we honor the many ways Asian Americans have helped strengthen our economy and enrich our culture for generations. I am proud of my Chinese-Thai heritage and I look forward to celebrating many more contributions from the Asian American community in the years … Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Duckworth, Senators: We Must Defend Disability Civil Rights

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, which would gut critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections that help millions of people with disabilities live independent lives. In response, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released the following statement: "The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 as the civil rights law protecting people … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Given Failure By Rauner Administration, Duckworth, Durbin, Urge CDC To Take Greater Leadership Role In Mitigating Legionnaires' Disease At IVH Quincy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to take a greater leadership role in helping to address the public health crisis at Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy. Since 2015, more than 60 people have contracted Legionnaires' disease at IVH Quincy and 13 people have died as a result. Just this week, three more laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed among IVH … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Ahead of House Vote, Duckworth Cautions Against Discriminatory “ADA Education and Reform Act”

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Moments after the House Rules Committee moved to send the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) to the House floor for consideration, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reminded her House colleagues of the threats to disability rights and civil rights posed by the legislation. H.R. 620, now scheduled for a final vote by the House on Thursday, would gut critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections that help millions of Americans live independent lives. "This … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On New Legionnaires' Disease Cases Confirmed At Illinois Veterans' Home Quincy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after two new cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed at the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy: "Last month, the Governor stated that his goal was 'zero instances of Legionella infection' at IVH Quincy. However in the month that has passed, we have seen nothing from the Governor's office - no final plan of action, no formal funding request, just more publicity stunts and … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Infrastructure Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to President Trump's infrastructure proposal, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This infrastructure 'plan' falls far short of what Donald Trump promised when he was running for President. It fails to make the necessary investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, it would force states to enact new tolls and taxes on middle-class families and leaves rural America behind - all while simultaneously slashing hundreds of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Infrastructure Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to President Trump's infrastructure proposal, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This infrastructure 'plan' falls far short of what Donald Trump promised when he was running for President. It fails to make the necessary investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, it would force states to enact new tolls and taxes on middle-class families and leaves rural America behind - all while simultaneously slashing hundreds of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Nomination Of Michael Scudder & Amy St. Eve For The 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals

[CHICAGO, IL] -U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the White House announced the nomination of Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to serve as Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the President has nominated Judge St. Eve and Mr. Scudder. They both have the experience, integrity, and judgment that we look for in federal judges, and we … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Senators Demand Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information From Kelly, McGahn

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse-and when they knew it-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and eleven of her fellow Senators wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after John Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Senators Demand Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information From Kelly, McGahn

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse-and when they knew it-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and eleven of her fellow Senators wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after John Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Dems Condemn Trump Administration Move to Help Businesses Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 22 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, criticizing the Department of Labor's decision to cover up evidence showing its proposed change to the tip rules would result in employers stealing potentially billions of dollars from their workers. The move exposes the Trump Administration's true priority-helping pad the pockets of corporate interests while working families … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Senate Budget Agreement

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After voting early this morning in support of the bipartisan Senate budget agreement, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This agreement is not perfect but it ends the destructive cycle of short-term budgeting and uncertainty that damage our Armed Forces and harm our military readiness. After far too many short-term extensions, this compromise agreement also finally provides our Veterans with critical resources, funds community health … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Help Veteran Facing Deportation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a private bill to help fellow combat Veteran Miguel Perez, Jr., remain in the United States. Perez is facing immediate deportation after being stripped of his legal status and is being detained at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and lived in the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident since the age of 11. "This … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Duckworth, Smith, Feinstein and Kaine Introduce Legislation to Train Students for High-Skill Jobs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation to make education more affordable for students pursing degrees in high-skill industries and help close the "skills gap" by making it easier for businesses to fill vacant, good-paying positions with qualified candidates. The Community College to Career Fund Act (CC2C) would support innovative partnerships between technical colleges, community colleges … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s Request for a Military Parade

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump has requested the Pentagon begin planning for a military parade to be held later this year. "This parade would not only waste millions of taxpayer dollars, it would also cost our military precious time and resources. Our troops in danger overseas don't need a show of bravado, they need steady leadership, long-term funding and resources so they can stay safe … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Duckworth Opens Senate Constituent Service Office in Carbondale

[CARBONDALE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) opened a new Senate constituent service office today in Carbondale's Eurma C. Hayes Center, located at 441 East Willow Street. This office, which can be reached by phone at (618) 677-7000, will help ensure hardworking families across southern Illinois can easily and efficiently take advantage of the constituent services offered by the Senator and her staff. Duckworth's Carbondale Office will provide a number of services to Illinoisans … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Duckworth Statement on One Year Anniversary of Launch of Independent Investigation into First Trump Muslim Ban

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Exactly one year after the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) independent watchdog launched an investigation into its implementation of President Trump's first Muslim Ban, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on the Trump Administration to stop covering up portions of the investigation's findings and release the full results to the American public. The investigation, which was launched by the DHS Inspector General on February 2, 2017 at the request of Duckworth … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Duckworth, Johnson, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Hardworking Families Access Affordable Home Loans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced Bipartisan legislation this week with U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Tim Scott (R-SC) to help hardworking families in Illinois and across the country access affordable home loans. The Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act would help ensure Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs) can continue their small business lending and funding of affordable housing initiatives, such as down payment assistance for low-income … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s Withdrawal of Victor Cha to Be Ambassador to South Korea

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration withdrew their selection of Mr. Victor Cha to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea after he expressed opposition to the use of a "bloody nose" narrow military strike against north Korea. Mr. Cha has since written an op-ed warning the Trump administration not to launch a preventive military strike against north Korea since it could … Continue Reading

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