Press Releases

January 15, 2018

Duckworth Statement on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service: "America's greatest strength is rooted in the diversity of our people, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service is a good opportunity to give back and contribute to bringing the society Dr. King dreamed of closer to reality. In the face of racism and bigotry, we must do all we can to uphold the values of our nation, and the acts of … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $66 Million for City of Chicago Head Start Programs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $66,445,109 grant today to help children from low-income families in Chicago access Head Start and Early Head Start programs through the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical assistance, strategic partnerships and more in … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Duckworth Urges DOE to Fully Fund Cutting-Edge Research Programs at Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry's visit to Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories this week at U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-IL) request, Duckworth penned a letter to Secretary Perry urging him to include full funding for cutting-edge research programs at Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories in DOE's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Duckworth outlined the importance of supporting the laboratories' research initiatives in quantum … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Duckworth Urges DOE to Fully Fund Cutting-Edge Research Programs at Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry's visit to Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories this week at U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-IL) request, Duckworth penned a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry urging him to include full funding for cutting-edge research programs at Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories in DOE's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Duckworth outlined the importance of supporting the laboratories' … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Duckworth and Durbin Join Markey to Announce Milestone in Effort to Restore Net Neutrality Rules

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) to announce that more than 40 senators have co-sponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the repeal of net neutrality rules. In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to give internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers' access to the internet. The Senators asserted that they will force a vote on the resolution … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Duckworth Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Community Health Centers

[CHICAGO, IL] - During a visit to the Near North Health Winfield Moody Health Center, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on Congress to do its job and fully reauthorize funding for community health centers today. By leaving Washington last month without providing full funding for these facilities, Congressional Republicans left Illinois's 402 community health centers facing a funding cliff that puts services and employees at risk. Nearly 1.3 million Illinoisans rely on community health … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans & Tear Thousands of Families Apart

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to the Trump administration's decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, including 1,300 Illinois residents, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "The Trump administration's announcement that they will tear families apart and no longer allow America to be a refuge for hundreds of thousands whose lives are at risk in El Salvador is not just … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $400,000 in Transportation Funding for Emergency Relief in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $460,000 in federal grants today to help reconstruct federal highways and roads damaged by natural disasters. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will receive $410,000 in funding through the Federal Highway Administration's (FHA) Emergency Relief (ER) program to address damage from severe storms that moved through Illinois in June of 2015. The U.S. Forest Service office in Jackson … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Duckworth: Congress Should Do Its Job Before Leaving Town for the Holidays

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today announcing her opposition to Congress heading home for the holidays without addressing a number of vital priorities, including adequately funding the Children's Health Insurance Program and protecting Dreamers: "Enough is enough, this sort of governing-by-crisis that harms our national security and hurts Veterans has to stop. I didn't spend 23 years in the military, going through multiple deployments, … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

From the Senate Floor, Duckworth Brings Attention to Human Rights Abuses in Libya and Calls for U.S. Support

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged her colleagues and the Trump Administration to acknowledge the horrible human rights abuses in Libya and provide international support. Duckworth reiterated the devastating conditions of the modern-day slave trade and called upon the U.S. to fully support the International Organization for Migration to help accelerate the closure of Libya's migrant detention facilities. Video of Duckworth's speech is available here. "Every … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Duckworth Calls for Investments in Infrastructure, Not Giveaways for Millionaires

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today at a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned several key officials from the transportation industry about the critical need to upgrade America's rapidly aging infrastructure systems. She also called into question President Trump and Congressional Republicans' push for a tax reform bill that provides wealthy Americans and large corporations with tax cuts at the expense of the middle class instead of … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

Duckworth Statement on GOP Tax Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Ahead of a vote tonight on the Republican tax bill, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I've long said we need to reform our tax system, but it can't just help mega-corporations and Donald Trump's friends and family-it needs to focus on the small businesses that drive our state's economy and hardworking families as well. This shoddy legislation does neither. It's an absolutely shameful display of Republicans' priorities that gives … Continue Reading


December 18, 2017

Duckworth, Hirono Announce Legislation to Ensure National Embarrassments Like Japanese American Internment Are Never Repeated

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the anniversary of the widely-condemned Korematsu Supreme Court decision that led to the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) intend to introduce the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017 (S. 2250) to prevent similar civil and human rights travesties from happening on U.S. soil ever again. Their legislation is named in honor of the late U.S. Congressman Mark Takai … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Duckworth Concerned over VA Proposal to Reduce Assistance to Homeless Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), wrote to VA Secretary David Shulkin today expressing concern over a VA proposal to cut critical funding from programs that help reduce Veterans homelessness. While our country has made progress reducing Veteran homelessness by nearly 50% since 2009, last year Veteran homelessness increased for the first time since 2010. "There are close to 40,000 … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

After Hearing Concerns, Duckworth Conducts Oversight Visit at ICE Detention Center in Kankakee

[KANKAKEE, IL] - After hearing concerns from immigration stakeholders, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today conducted an oversight visit of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois. This visit is a direct result of numerous complaints that the facility is not in compliance with National Detention Standards (NDS), which ensures the humane treatment of detainees. In September, Duckworth wrote a letter to ICE … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Duckworth, Harris, Senate Democrats Urge Appropriators to Ensure Immigration Detention Centers Meet National Standards

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led a group of Senate Democrats in urging the House and Senate Appropriators to ensure that all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities meet the current national standards as a condition of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations. "Poor conditions and inhumane treatment of immigrants within ICE detention facilities continue to fuel tragic and unjust consequences," … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

While Touring the University of Illinois RailTEC Program, Duckworth Underscores the Importance of Infrastructure Investments

[CHAMPAIGN, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured the University of Illinois RailTEC Program, which conducts research and trains some of our nation's next generation of leaders in railroad engineering. During the visit, Duckworth also discussed her efforts to support transportation infrastructure projects and create jobs across Illinois. A photo of the tour can be found here. "Improving our state's infrastructure is really just common sense, and it's one of my top priorities … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Withdrawal of Trump Nominee Michael Dourson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today after reports surfaced that Dr. Michael Dourson, President Trump's nominee to lead the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, is withdrawing his nomination. Last night, the New York Times published 400 pages of emails revealing he was working on behalf of the chemical industry while being considered for the EPA position. Duckworth has been an outspoken critic of Dourson's … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Military Transgender Ban Court Ruling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a federal court ruling that will allow transgender recruits to enlist in the military beginning on January 1st, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released this statement: "Discrimination has no place in the greatest military on earth. If you are willing to risk your life for our country and can do the job, you should have the opportunity to serve-no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation. I know that our servicemembers, regardless of their … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Senator Al Franken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement calling on Senator Al Franken to resign: "I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken's behavior. He must step aside. To all those across America who have come forward to share their stories over the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in driving this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring. As national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard-and we must lead by … Continue Reading

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