Press Releases

March 12, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Expansion of Illinois Community Health Centers Included in Federal Vaccination Program

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the expansion of Illinois Community Health Centers (CHCs) that will be eligible to directly receive vaccines through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Federally Qualified Health Center Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. The program will expand its reach to 35 CHCs across Illinois. Vaccines sent to Illinois CHCs through this new federal program are in addition to the existing weekly … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Merkley and Warren Call on CDC for Safety Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant Individuals

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling for more guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 vaccines safety and efficacy for pregnant and lactating individuals. Though the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended pregnant and lactating individuals be prioritized, they have received conflicting information from a variety of resources, including … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth Among Center for Effective Lawmaking’s “Most Effective” Democratic Senators

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was named the fifth-most effective Democratic Senator in the 116th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. The Center for Effective Lawmaking, a non-partisan joint initiative by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, ranks lawmakers at the end of each Congress by the member's ability to advance policy proposals through the legislative process and into law. Duckworth was also named the most effective Democratic … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Capito, Shaheen, Collins Pass Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Girl Scouts of America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Girl Scouts' Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, today re-introduced a resolution recognizing the 109th birthday of the Girl Scouts of America and celebrating its legacy of building powerful female leaders. The Senate passed this resolution upon introduction by voice vote. "Not a day goes by that I don't use the leadership skills Girl Scouts helped … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth, Senate Colleagues Re-Introduce Bill To Strengthen Police Accountability & Encourage Independent Investigations of Law Enforcement’s Lethal Uses of Force

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Ed Markey (D-MA), re-introduced legislation that would help restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve by helping prevent police-involved deaths and encouraging independent, impartial investigations into law enforcement officials' use of deadly force. The Police Training and Independent Review Act would create a financial incentive for states to require … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Service Opportunities for Military Families during SASC Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about the importance of creating service opportunities for military family members so they can engage with their communities, gain new skills and even progress toward educational opportunities. The hearing focused on the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service's report about the selective service system and ways to expand and … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Protecting Veterans from Deportation at USC Gould School of Law Symposium

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today participated in a symposium on Veterans deportation hosted by the University of Southern California's (USC) Gould School of Law. In the virtual Q&A, Duckworth discussed the challenges deported Veterans face in attaining citizenship and VA benefits, her visit to the Deported Veterans Support House on Veterans Day in 2019 and her successful efforts in helping previously-deported Veterans-Miguel Perez and Roman Sabal-attain … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Improve and Maintain Public Health Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON D.C] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 14 Democratic Senate colleagues to introduce the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (PHISLA). The legislation would establish a new core public health infrastructure program, which ramps up to $4.5 billion in annual funding to bolster the nation's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen its ability to respond to other … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More than $5 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in Northwest Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Northwest Illinois communities will receive a total of $5.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across Northwest Illinois rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Announce More Than $11 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Central Illinois communities will receive a total of $11.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across Central Illinois rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $8 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in the Metro East

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Metro East communities will receive a total of $8.5 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across the Metro East rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce homelessness," … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $168 Million for Housing and Homeless Assistance in the Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicagoland communities will receive a total of $168.8 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing and homelessness programs. "Children and families in need across the Chicagoland area rely on programs like these-especially during this public health and economic crisis-to help improve housing conditions and reduce … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Garland as Attorney General

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Illinois native Merrick Garland as Attorney General of the United States. Garland was confirmed by a 70-30 vote to serve as Attorney General under President Biden. Senator Duckworth introduced Attorney General Garland at his confirmation hearing on February 22, 2021. "Merrick Garland is a man with impeccable credentials and, as Attorney General, I trust that he will restore the … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Marcia Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Fudge was confirmed by a 66-34 vote to serve as HUD Secretary under President Biden. "Marcia Fudge's commitment to advocating for American families will be invaluable as she works to tackle an economic and housing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that, as Secretary, she will … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Michael Regan as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Joe Biden. Duckworth chairs the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife. Regan was confirmed with an 66-34 vote today. "Administrator Michael Regan is answering the call to help protect our nation's citizens and is committed to helping … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Duckworth Joins Baldwin, Langevin in Introducing Legislation to Protect Rights of Airplane Passengers with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) in reintroducing the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act to protect the rights of airplane passengers with disabilities, improve air travel safety and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. "Far too many Americans living with a disability-many of whom are Veterans like myself-face unnecessary challenges … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Duckworth Joins Congressional Pro-Choice Colleagues in Urging Biden to Eliminate Abortion Coverage Restrictions from Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), six Democratic Senators and 12 House Democrats in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging the removal of abortion coverage restrictions from the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. "The pandemic yet again showed the long-standing structural racism and inequities in our health care system, with communities of color, particularly those in the Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander communities, and … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Importance of Strengthening Logistics Infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific Region with Admiral Davidson

[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 (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, today discussed logistics infrastructure with Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, during a hearing of the full Armed Services Committee. Video of the Senator's questions can be found here. "Enhancing our logistics infrastructure is critical to building a … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Duckworth Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2026 Service Academy Nominations

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and now serves as Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland, today announced that her office is now accepting applications through her website from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to a United States Military Service Academy. Each year Duckworth, along with a nomination committee, selects from the applicants a group of … Continue Reading


March 06, 2021

Duckworth, Casey & Hassan Secure $9 Billion for Home Community-Based Services in American Rescue Plan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today announced the successful inclusion of more than $9 billion in dedicated emergency funding for State Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in the American Rescue Plan that passed the Senate today. HCBS are essential to assisting older Americans and people with disabilities, who receive critical healthcare and support services in their homes. The HCBS program is especially vital … Continue Reading

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