Press Releases

December 22, 2022

Duckworth-Portman’s Bipartisan Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Passes House and Senate, Awaiting President Biden’s Signature

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to strengthen the nation's criminal justice system has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote today after passing the Senate yesterday by unanimous consent. The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act, as amended, will help families keep in touch with their incarcerated family members, which studies have shown can help reduce recidivism rates … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Join White House and Treasury Department to Announce $253 Million in Funding for Broadband Infrastructure In Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to announce the approval of broadband projects in Illinois under the American Rescue Plan's Capital Projects Fund, which aims to make affordable and reliable high-speed internet accessible to all Americans. Illinois will receive $253.7 million for broadband infrastructure, which is estimated to connect 87,163 households and … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Duckworth’s ASAP Act Paves Way for Illinoisans with Disabilities to Better Access Public Transit, Funding Announcement Applauded by Illinois Congressional Delegation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-2), Marie Newman (D-IL-3), Jesús "Chuy" Garcia (D-IL-4), Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Sean Casten (D-IL-6), Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) announced that several Illinois communities will soon benefit from significant transit support, specifically to eliminate barriers to public transit for Illinoisans with disabilities, thanks to Duckworth's … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Duckworth Pleads with Republican Colleagues on Senate Floor: Help Me Defend the Right to Build a Family Through IVF, Other Assisted Reproductive Technology

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With Roe v. Wade thrown out by the Supreme Court and some states across the country looking to limit our most basic rights, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) went to the Senate floor tonight and called on her Republican colleagues to help pass her Right to Build Families Act through unanimous consent to protect every American's right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) that millions of Americans need to have children, … Continue Reading


December 19, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Federal Support for Water Infrastructure Repairs in Southern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that the Greenwood Creek Nation Water Company in Mulkeytown, Illinois, will receive support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help the company make necessary, emergency repairs to damaged waterlines and valves. "Every Illinoisan-no matter what part of the state they live-has the right to safe and clean drinking water," said Duckworth. "I'm glad that the Greenwood Creek … Continue Reading


December 17, 2022

Duckworth Visits Dion’s Chicago Dream and Discusses Hunger Prevention and Access to Fresh Food

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Dion's Chicago Dream on the city's southwest side to underscore her commitment to addressing the food access gap for many of Illinois's working families. During the site visit, Duckworth and CEO Dion Dawson discussed the organization's efforts to improve lives by providing fresh, healthy food to Chicagoans who reside in food deserts, and how federal resources can help ensure they can continue that work. Duckworth also met and … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Duckworth Secures Key Environmental Justice Provisions in 2022 Water Resources Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, which includes several provisions authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)-Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife as well as founding Co-Chair of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus-aimed at bringing environmental justice to marginalized communities by supporting projects in economically … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Tout Illinois Wins Secured in Water Resources Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)-Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife as well as founding Co-Chair of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus-and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) highlighted several critical provisions they successfully included in the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 which passed the Senate last night. These provisions will help bring … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Amid Holiday Travel Season, Duckworth Highlights New Legislation to Ensure Real-Life Conditions Like Seat Size are Considered in Aircraft Emergency Evacuation Standards

[CHICAGO, IL] - As the holiday travel season continues and millions of Americans are set to board crowded flights in the next few weeks, today U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted her new legislation to prioritize passenger safety. At O'Hare International Airport, Duckworth spoke on the importance of her recently introduced Emergency Vacating of Aircraft Cabin (EVAC) Act, which would ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do more to prioritize passenger safety by … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Duckworth Tours Mother’s Milk Bank Site, Announces New Legislation to Expand Access to Donor Milk Nationwide

[ELMHURST, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes today to announce her new legislation to increase federal support for and expand access to donated breast milk for parents and their medically-vulnerable infants at nonprofit milk banks nationwide. The Access to Donor Milk Act would allow state agencies to use the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) funding to promote the benefits and need for … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Duckworth, Author of the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act, Visits Newly Installed Lactation Pod at O’Hare

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today at O'Hare International Airport, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited one of the facility's vacant newly-installed and ADA-accessible lactation pods that help make expressing breastmilk and pumping less complicated for traveling nursing parents. During her visit to the Mamava-developed pod that helps the travel hub comply with her Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, Duckworth highlighted the impact of her FAM Act, as well as her commitment to continue making … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Duckworth Applauds New National Security Strategy and Investments by Japan, Ushering in New Era of Alliance

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Japan announced its new National Security Strategy that will double the country's defense budget over the next five years: "As Japan takes decisive action towards a more assertive approach to national security, I'm pleased that today's announcement will help usher in a new phase of the U.S.-Japan alliance. With the new National Security Strategy and the increase in Japan's defense spending, our … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Duckworth Provisions to Support Troops, Improve Military Readiness, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil Pass Senate as Part of NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 83-11 today. The FY2023 NDAA authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), sets … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

New Duckworth, Murray, Wild Bill Would Protect Right to Build a Family Through IVF, Other Assisted Reproductive Technology for All Americans

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)-as well as U.S. Representative Susan Wild (D-PA-07), are introducing legislation to protect every American's right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) that millions of Americans need to have children, including Senator Duckworth who relied on IVF to have her two … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

New Duckworth, Murray, Wild Bill Would Protect Right to Build a Family Through IVF, Other Assisted Reproductive Technology for All Americans

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)-as well as U.S. Representative Susan Wild (D-PA-07), are introducing legislation to protect every American's right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) that millions of Americans need to have children, including Senator Duckworth who relied on IVF to have her two … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Duckworth Provisions to Support Troops, Improve Military Readiness, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil Pass Senate as Part of NDAA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 83-11 today. The FY2023 NDAA authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), sets … Continue Reading


December 14, 2022

Duckworth Meets with Highland Park Students and Survivors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week held a video call with Highland Park High School students to listen their stories about the July 4th shooting that shook their community and our nation. During the meeting, which comes during the same week as the tenth anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Senator reiterated her commitment to passing more comprehensive gun reform, including a national assault weapons ban in order to save and protect lives. "What the … Continue Reading


December 12, 2022

Duckworth, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Meet Future Needs in Aviation Workforce

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Moran (R-KS) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help meet future needs in our aviation workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Aviation Workforce Development Enhancement Act would help expand the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s current Aviation Workforce Development Grant program by increasing annual funding for pilot development and mechanic development grants, as well as provide grant funding … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

New Duckworth-Baldwin Bill Would Ensure Seat Size, Other Real-Life Conditions Are Considered in Federal Aircraft Emergency Evacuation Standards

[WASHINGTON, DC] - As the holiday season continues and millions of Americans are set to board crowded flights in the next few weeks, U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today announced the Emergency Vacating of Aircraft Cabin (EVAC) Act to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does more to prioritize passenger safety by appropriately considering seat size, carry-on baggage, people with disabilities, seniors and children in its … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

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 advanced the nomination of Judge Colleen Lawless to serve as a District Court … Continue Reading

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