Press Releases

July 09, 2020

Duckworth to Esper: Gold Star Families Deserve to Know Whether Any Troop Casualties in Afghanistan Were Connected to Reported Bounty Payments

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, today wrote to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting he answer whether DoD is investigating U.S. troop casualties in Afghanistan to determine whether any U.S. servicemember deaths are connected to the alleged Russian bounty program and confirm that DoD is tracking any concurrent or completed intelligence … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Call for $32 Billion In Transit Funding In Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

[Springfield, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 22 of their colleagues to urge Senate leadership to provide an additional $32 billion in emergency supplemental funding for public transit agencies in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Transit agencies have been hit hard ever since stay-at-home orders were first announced in states across the country back in March, resulting in plummeting ridership and fare revenues needed … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Duckworth Requests Army Investigation and Corrective Actions to Improve Policies and Procedures in Response to a Missing Soldier

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, sent a letter to the Army calling for a comprehensive investigation into Army regulations, policies and procedures governing the initial response to a missing Soldier. She is also demanding implementation of corrective actions to improve the guidance consistently across the Army. Duckworth's request comes in … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Duckworth, Carper, Durbin and Colleagues Urge EPA to Exercise its Full Authority Under the Clean Air Act as it Begins EtO Rulemaking Process

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE) and 8 of their colleagues today wrote to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding EPA meet all its Clean Air Act requirements to protect exposed populations as it begins a National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rulemaking process for ethylene oxide (EtO) commercial sterilization and fumigation operations. Specifically, the Senators … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Duckworth Statement in Response to Lt. Col. Vindman’s Retirement due to Intimidation and Retaliation from White House

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, released the following statement after Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman resigned from the military due to the White House's campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation against him. "On November 19, 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman complied with a lawfully issued subpoena and testified to Congress in … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $29 Million For Head Start Programs In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and today announced that eight organizations around Illinois will receive a total of nearly $30 million in federal funding to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, provides technical assistance, and helps build strategic partnerships in order to promote … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Following the Murder of PFC Vanessa Guillen, Duckworth Requests GAO Review of Army’s SHARP Program

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is calling for an immediate review of the Army's implementation of its Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program. Duckworth's request comes on the heels of the murder of Private First Class (PFC) Vanessa Guillen, whose family alleges that she never reported incidents of sexual harassment because she had no confidence in the SHARP program at Fort Hood. In part, Duckworth wrote: "Unfortunately, … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $29 Million For Head Start Programs In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that eight organizations around Illinois will receive a total of nearly $30 million in federal funding to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, provides technical assistance, and helps build strategic partnerships in … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill To Implement And Expand Online SNAP Purchasing Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced a bill to address hunger needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchasing choices by enabling additional retailers to participate in the program. The Expanding SNAP Options Act would provide funding for the creation of a universal online and app-based portal to make … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Schumer And Wyden To Introduce New Legislation To Extend Expanded Unemployment Insurance & Require Program Continue Providing Benefits Until Economic Conditions Improve

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to introduce the American Workforce Rescue Act, bold, new legislation that would establish "automatic stabilizers" to ensure unemployment benefits remain available for working families during periods of persistent unemployment, a priority for Senate Democrats in the next COVID-19 bill. The proposal would extend the $600 increase in weekly unemployment … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with SEIU Healthcare Leaders About COVID-19 Impact at VA Facilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke with Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas, and other SEIU Healthcare leaders today about the COVID-19 response at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital and Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center and the important work staff has done throughout the pandemic. The group discussed SEIU Healthcare's main priorities, which include obtaining more personal protective … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Duckworth Announces Blanket Hold on Senior Military Confirmations Following Reports of Trump’s Unprecedented Political Interference into Military Promotion Process

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, announced her intention to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirms in writing that he did not, or will not, block the expected and deserved promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to Colonel. Duckworth's move, which is unprecedented in … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Indian Ambassador to the United States

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with India's Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Duckworth and Singh Sandhu discussed the partnership between the two nations and opportunities to cooperate in the Indo-Pacific region as the world recovers from COVID-19. "Ambassador Singh Sandhu and I had a positive discussion today about the relationship between our two nations and opportunities to work together in the future," Duckworth said. "I look forward … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Gillibrand, Grassley & Cruz in Proposing Bipartisan NDAA Amendment to Improve Military Prosecution of Serious Crimes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to offer the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The Military Justice Improvement Act would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes, like sexual assault, by moving … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Entire Senate Dem Caucus To Trump Administration: Don’t Rip Away Health Care For Millions During Public Health Crisis

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the Trump Administration moves full-steam ahead to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that provides coverage for millions of Americans, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus today to introduce a resolution condemning the Administration's reckless effort, demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend existing law in court and halt its efforts to repeal the health care … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce NDAA Amendment To Increase National Production of Testing Supplies And PPE As COVID-19 Cases Rise

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) that would require President Trump to unlock the full authority and power of the Defense Production Act to scale up nation-wide production of the testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and medical equipment needed at the local level to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Trump's … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Warren, García and Lee to Introduce Legislation to Extend Nationwide Moratorium on Evictions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representatives Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-IL-04) and Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) to introduce legislation to extend and expand the eviction moratorium for renters that ends on July 24, 2020. The Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act extends the federal eviction moratorium to March 27, 2021, one year after the date of enactment of the CARES Act, and … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Senate Environmental Caucus Co-Chairs Welcome Development of Historic National Economic Transition Platform for Coal Country

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE), co-founders of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the National Economic Transition (NET) Platform published by local, regional and national organizations today to give policymakers recommendations for an ambitious national transition program that supports the people and places hit hardest by our changing energy landscape. "As our national … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Duckworth, Kelly, Davis & Rush Discuss Police Violence in the Black Community at Virtual Roundtable

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), Danny Davis (D-IL-07) and Bobby Rush (D-IL-01) today hosted a virtual roundtable with local leaders to discuss legislative solutions to help make systemic changes to policing and better support the Black community, including the Justice in Policing Act, of which Duckworth is a co-sponsor. The Members were joined by New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Stephen Thurston, My Block, My … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Effort to Urge EPA to Reject Retroactive Biofuel

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) helped to lead a bipartisan letter with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years. In the letter, the Senators warn that granting these petitions would worsen the unprecedented economic challenges facing the biofuels … Continue Reading

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