Press Releases

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


February 20, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Ramirez Urge Surface Transportation Board to Defer Decision on Canadian Pacific And Kansas City Southern Rail Merger Until Further Study Of Impacts On Chicago Region

[WASHINGTON, D.C]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) and Delia Ramirez (D-IL-03) today sent a letter to Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman urging the STB to defer any decision on the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads until the STB completes a more accurate assessment of the impacts of the merger on the Chicago … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Duckworth, Blackburn, Casey Applaud CMS Decision to Cover Seat Elevation Systems in Power Wheelchairs Under Medicare

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following their bipartisan request, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposal to provide Medicare coverage for seat elevation systems embedded in power wheelchairs for the first time ever: "This new proposal from CMS is a big deal and will positively impact the lives of so many Americans with disabilities. We … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Japanese, Thai Ambassadors to U.S.

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, this week met with Ambassador Tanee Sangrat, Ambassador of Thailand to the U.S. as well as Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., to discuss ongoing priorities and strengthening relationships between the U.S. and both countries. Photos from the Senator's meeting with Ambassador Sangrat are available here, and photos from her meeting with … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Murkowski Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Military Hunger

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led more than a dozen of their Senate colleagues today in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to support active duty military families experiencing food insecurity and prevent hunger in these families. Duckworth's Military Family Nutrition Access Act would address … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $1.3 Million Grant for National Louis University to Strengthen Teacher Diversity Preparation Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Education has awarded $1,341,279 in Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Programs grants to National Louis University (NLU) in Chicago. NLU is among the first universities and colleges to receive federal funds dedicated to the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Programs. The federal funding will be used to implement three multi-pathway … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $69 Million for Variety of Illinois Health Care Programs and Initiatives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced nearly $70 million in federal funding a variety of health care programs, initiatives, and community projects across the state. "Our state is home to incredible institutions and programs that help Illinoisans prevent illness, get mental health support, receive medical treatments and so much more," Duckworth said. "I'm proud to announce this federal funding with Senator … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Join Reed, Collins and Senate Colleagues in Call For HHS To Release Remaining $1.5 Billion In LIHEAP Funding To States

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to swiftly release the $1.5 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding that Congress delivered in fiscal year (FY) 2023. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their … Continue Reading


February 15, 2023

Duckworth Meets with Turkish Ambassador Following Devastating Earthquakes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, met with Ambassador Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to the U.S., to discuss the ways in which the United States can help Türkiye recover from the devastating earthquakes that have killed more than 35,000 people in the country. Duckworth also raised concerns over Türkiye's obstruction in approving North Atlantic Treaty Organization … Continue Reading


February 15, 2023

Duckworth Presses FAA Acting Administrator on Cause of January’s Nationwide Ground Stop

[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, today questioned Federal Aviation administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Billy Nolen on the cause of January's nationwide ground stop-the first since September 11, 2001-and what the FAA is doing to eliminate single points of failure that can cause a systemwide shutdown. This … Continue Reading


February 14, 2023

Duckworth Joins Warren and Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Do More to Protect Reproductive Freedom

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and ten of their Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden urging his administration to take new steps to protect reproductive freedom amidst divided control of Congress and increasing efforts to restrict access to abortion across the country. "Each day, women's lives are threatened because they are denied access to essential health care," wrote the Senators. … Continue Reading


February 14, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Thomson Prison Population Changes

[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 regarding a recent decision by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to temporarily move some inmates from USP Thomson: "We have been informed by the Department of Justice that Bureau of Prisons leadership is taking corrective action to address deeply troubling findings of a recent … Continue Reading


February 14, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Senate Confirmation Of Lindsay Jenkins to Serve as District Court Judge 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 Senate voted to confirm Lindsay C. Jenkins' nomination to serve as a District Court Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Based on recommendations made by the screening committee the Senators established in the Northern District, Duckworth and Durbin forwarded the … Continue Reading


February 14, 2023

New Bipartisan Duckworth-Fischer Bill Introduced to Help Travelers with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As far too many passengers with disabilities continue to experience unnecessary obstacles and challenges when flying, today U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve transparency surrounding the increasing disability-related complaints with air travel. The Prioritizing Accountability and Accessibility for Aviation Consumers Act of 2023 would ensure the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) publishes … Continue Reading


February 13, 2023

Duckworth, Ernst Urge EPA to Remove Regulatory Barrier on Ethanol, Provide Certainty for Farmers and Consumers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Biden administration requesting they remove a regulatory barrier for gasoline-ethanol blends-like E15-by expeditiously implementing the long-awaited request of Midwest governors. This move would allow their states to sell E15 year-round, providing much-needed certainty to farmers, producers and consumers who are directly impacted by the decisions and actions of … Continue Reading


February 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Advancing Nomination 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 Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance 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 Judiciary Committee has once again advanced the nomination of Judge Colleen Lawless to fill a judicial … Continue Reading


February 09, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Re-Introduce Bill to Establish 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site as a National Monument

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today re-introduced legislation to designate the sites of the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois, as a national monument. This tragedy where Black Illinoisans were targeted by white residents with violence and destruction of their homes and businesses was the catalyst for the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was founded 114 years ago this week. The … Continue Reading


February 09, 2023

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Repeal 1991 & 2002 AUMFs, Formally Ending Gulf and Iraq Wars

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-Today, combat Veteran U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-12), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Tom Cole (R-OK-04) to reintroduce bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), formally end the Gulf and Iraq wars, and reassert Congress' Constitutional … Continue Reading


February 09, 2023

Duckworth Calls Out Southwest Airlines in First Hearing as Aviation Chair

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST), participated in her first CST hearing as Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation today and questioned Southwest Airlines and other industry executives on the failures of the airline during the 2022 holiday travel season. She called out Andrew Watterson, Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines, for the company's lack … Continue Reading

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