Press Releases

November 15, 2022

Duckworth Reaction to Reports of Russian Missiles Killing Two in Poland

[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 23 years in the Reserve Forces, issued the following statement after news broke that Russian missiles killed at least two people in Poland, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "If confirmed, reports that Russian missiles hit Poland and killed at least 2 people are extremely troubling. My heart goes out to the victims, their … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

Duckworth Condemns Iranian Government Response to Peaceful Protests

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - 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, released a statement after news outlets reported that thousands of Iranian protesters could be put to death. Protesters have taken to the streets for weeks following the horrific, unjustified killing of Mahsa Amini in September. "The United States continues to stand behind the people of Iran-especially … Continue Reading


November 11, 2022

Duckworth: Veterans Deserve More Than Just an Ovation on Veterans Day

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - To celebrate Veterans Day, 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, released the following statement in honor of our nation's heroes, which can be viewed on video here. "Veterans Day is a day of celebration-it's a moment to recognize and honor the service of all of those who put on the uniform and sacrificed to keep our … Continue Reading


November 03, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $208 Million in Federal Funding to Help Illinoisans Heat Their Homes This Winter

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $208,170,481 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Illinoisans pay the rising cost of home heating bills this winter. For more than 40 years, LIHEAP has provided assistance to help low-income individuals and families maintain healthy indoor temperatures during the coldest … Continue Reading


November 01, 2022

New Report from Duckworth, Warren, Hirono, Smith: Healthcare Providers Speak Out on Devastating Harm and Mortal Threats to Women Posed by State Abortion Bans

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tina Smith (D-MN) in releasing a new report: Post-Roe Abortion Bans Threaten Women's Lives: Healthcare Providers Speak Out on the Devastating Harm Posed by Abortion Bans and Restrictions. The 23-page report-based on information provided by leading healthcare providers-reveals the devastating consequences of state abortion bans and restrictions enacted by right-wing … Continue Reading


October 28, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $36 Million in Federal Funding to Bring High-Speed Internet Access to Communities Across Rural Illinois

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $36,103,607 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bring high-speed internet access to people living and working across 13 counties in Illinois. Today's investments include funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided a historic $65 billion to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to all … Continue Reading


October 27, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $8 Million in Federal Funding for Kaskaskia Regional Port District Project

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Kaskaskia Regional Port District Project will receive $8,000,000 in federal funding through the Department of Transportation's Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP), which is administered by the U.S. Maritime Administration. With this funding, the Kaskaskia Regional Port District Project will install new rail tracks to create yard near an existing port … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Duckworth, Ryan Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Ensure National Guard and Reserve Incentive Pay Parity

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, are leading a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calling for the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement a Duckworth-authored provision from last year's National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law to help make sure each … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Call to EPA to Strengthen the Lead and Copper Rule to Replace Harmful Lead Pipes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) along with 13 of their Senate colleagues, wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of steps they have taken to develop and implement the Biden Administration's historic Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. In light of EPA's decision to draft Lead and … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $1.48 Million for Nursing Education Programs in Illinois

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,483,510 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants for Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and Loyola University in Chicago. The HHS funding was awarded through the Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies Program and the Registered Nurse Training Program. The Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies Program supports partnerships … Continue Reading


October 21, 2022

Duckworth Applauds DoD for Upholding Servicemembers’ Right to Bodily Autonomy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, 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, issued the following statement after the Department of Defense released new reproductive healthcare guidance that states the DoD will provide leave and travel expenses for servicemembers seeking abortions: "The DoD's new policies send a clear message: the last thing servicemembers should be … Continue Reading


October 21, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley, Casten, Schakowsky Call On USPS Board of Governors to Protect Postal Workers After Inaction From Postmaster General DeJoy

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Sean Casten (D-IL-6) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to express their concern over the inadequate response to the rise in violent crime against mail carriers. The letter comes after the lawmakers received an apathetic response to a Durbin-led letter in July that called on Postmaster General … Continue Reading


October 18, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud the Biden Administration for Approving Illinois Disaster Declaration Following July’s Severe Flash Floods

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the Biden Administration for approving Governor JB Pritzker's request for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Illinois, to help St. Clair County respond to significant damage from the flash floods from July 25-28. In August, Durbin and Duckworth led the entire Illinois Congressional delegation in sending a letter to … Continue Reading


October 14, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $12.5 Million in DOJ Awards for Illinois to Advance Community Policing

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $12,533,250 in funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire 85 new full-time law enforcement professionals, including 50 in Chicago. This funding is part of a nationwide announcement of more than $139 million in COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to 180 … Continue Reading


October 13, 2022

Duckworth, Van Hollen Meet Ukrainian Soldier Receiving Treatment at Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics in Silver Spring

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) met this week with Ukrainian Soldier Oleksandr Chaika, who is receiving care at Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics (MCOP) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Duckworth and Van Hollen toured MCOP, met with Oleksandr and highlighted the continued need for U.S. support for the people of Ukraine. Photos from the meeting are available here. Oleksandr, a Ukrainian athlete, choreographer, … Continue Reading


October 12, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.25 Billion in Federal Formula Funding for Illinois Infrastructure

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $2,250,129,111 in federal formula funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration for Fiscal Year 2023. This funding is part of the more than $17 billion in federal formula funds that Illinois will receive from the significant increase in federal infrastructure funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "From dropping kids … Continue Reading


October 07, 2022

Duckworth: Alton Deserves an Updated, Accessible Downtown

[ALTON, IL] - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with social impact-focused redevelopment organization AltonWork's leadership and Alton Mayor David Goins and shared her support for revitalizing Historic Downtown Alton. During the meeting, Duckworth highlighted her successful effort in securing $500,000 for the City of Alton to upgrade surface transportation options, as well as emphasized how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can help communities such as Alton reimagine and … Continue Reading


October 07, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $6 Million in Grants for Chicago Public Schools

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicago Public Schools received $5,893,904 in Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grants to support school curriculum and promote equity efforts. The MSAP grant money, awarded by the U.S Department of Education, will assist Chicago magnet schools in implementing innovative instructional approaches that will support students from a wide-range of social, economic, ethnic … Continue Reading


October 06, 2022

Duckworth in Metro East: CHIPS Act Will Support Jobs, Working Families and Global Competitiveness

[EAST ALTON, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured metal manufacturer Wieland's Metro East facility, met with its leaders and Metro East officials and discussed how the historic CHIPS and Science Act that she voted for is supporting local manufacturing, growing our economy and strengthening our nation's science and manufacturing competitiveness with China. Duckworth also emphasized the importance of good-paying union jobs, workforce development and the facility's … Continue Reading


October 05, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Department of Education to Strengthen Regulations Against Informal Removal of Students from Class as a Form of Discipline

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights calling for "informal removal" to be included in the final rulemaking for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As the Senators reiterate in their letter, including informal removal in Section 504 regulations would protect students, particularly those with disabilities, from the discriminatory use of … Continue Reading

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