Press Releases

March 01, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Bill to Create National Heritage Area in Chicago’s Bronzeville Community

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced a bill that would create a National Park Service (NPS) National Heritage Area in the greater Bronzeville community of Chicago. The Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Act would create a National Heritage Area from 18th Street to the North, 71st Street to the South, Lake Michigan to the East, and Canal Street to the West-approximately five miles south of downtown. This area would … Continue Reading


February 27, 2021

Duckworth Tours Cook County Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Triton College

[RIVER GROVE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today toured Cook County Health's COVID-19 vaccination site at Triton College and met with Cook County officials to discuss how federal and local entities can support each other equitably and efficiently vaccinating Illinoisans. Duckworth was joined by several local officials including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health CEO Israel Rocha Jr. Photos of today's visit are available here. "It's great to see … Continue Reading


February 27, 2021

Duckworth Statement in Response to Biden Administration Strike on Iran-Linked Targets in Syria

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Biden administration launched a targeted airstrike in Syria:“Let’s be clear: any attack from Iran-backed militias—or any adversary—on U.S. citizens and our coalition partners is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. President Biden should take action when necessary to defend and protect our troops and I’m looking forward to learning more details about this strike at … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Applaud Announcement of Mass Community Vaccination Center in Chicago

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded an announcement that the Biden Administration will dramatically increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois by launching a community vaccination center (CVC) Federal Pilot Site in Chicago on March 10. The site, which will be located at the United Center, will have the capacity for 6,000 COVID-19 vaccinations a day. "This new mass community vaccination center is … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Duckworth, Maloney & Blumenthal Re-introduce Bill to Create Compensation Fund for Essential Workers

Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act would create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by COVID-19 [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today re-introduced the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), the new fund created by this legislation would provide compensation for injuries to any … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Duckworth, McEachin Urge Biden to Continue Taking Bold Action for Environmental Justice

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA-04), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the U.S. House of Representatives United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, today wrote to President Biden to commend his commitment to prioritizing environmental justice and request additional executive actions be taken to help communities impacted by environmental … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Duckworth, Casey & Hassan Call for GAO Review of Child Care Accessibility for Parents and Children with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions' Subcommittee on Children and Families, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) member Subcommittee on Children and Families, today requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a study on the barriers parents and children with disabilities face in accessing child care, including the physical facilities and the services provided, from … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Granholm as Energy Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy under President Joe Biden. Granholm was confirmed with a 64-35 vote today. "Secretary Granholm is an experienced leader who is prepared to help our country navigate the challenges of the climate crisis and build an economy that works for all Americans. Investing in and developing clean energy is not only critical in … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

In Oval Office Meeting, Duckworth Discusses U.S. Global Supply Chain with President Biden

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today spoke with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office about global supply chain issues. Duckworth and the President, joined by other Members of Congress, discussed product shortages and the subsequent impact on U.S. global … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

At EPW Hearing, Duckworth Highlights Her Build Back Better Infrastructure Investment Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's first hearing on developing an infrastructure bill, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the senior-most Democrat on EPW's Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, stressed the importance of water infrastructure and roadway congestion reduction in any comprehensive transportation and infrastructure package. A video of Duckworth's remarks during the hearing is available here. "To truly build back … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce MOMMA Act To Reduce Maternal And Infant Mortality Rates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the bicameral Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act. The legislation seeks to reduce America's rising maternal and infant mortality rate, especially for moms and babies of color who are significantly more likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy. On average, maternal mortality claims the lives of about 700 American moms each year-an additional 70,000 women suffer … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Agricultural Priorities with Illinois Soybean Association Board

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual call with members of the Illinois Soybean Association Board to discuss her Illinois and legislative priorities for the upcoming year. Duckworth discussed the importance of biofuels, addressing climate change, and improving transportation, infrastructure and trade. "The strength of America's farmers is a reflection of our strength as a nation," Duckworth said. "I enjoyed meeting with the Illinois Soy Board today to … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Duckworth Joins Warren and Colleagues in Urging the Biden Administration to Establish an Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing within the Domestic Policy Council

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and five of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris supporting the establishment of an Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing (OSRHW) within the Domestic Policy Council at the White House that would develop, establish and coordinate a federal government effort to secure reproductive justice for all. "We are deeply … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration’s New USPS Board Appointments, Reiterates Call for Accountability for All Board Members Who Permitted DeJoy’s Disastrous Decisions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced it would appoint three new members to fill the vacancies on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors: "I commend President Biden for selecting three qualified, independent individuals to serve on the USPS Board of Governors. This is a positive first step toward restoring some balance and integrity at the Board of Governors. Yet, in order to … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Duckworth, USMC Commandant Berger Discuss Combatting Sexual Assault & Rise of Extremism in Marines

[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 in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, virtually met yesterday with General David Berger, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), to discuss actions that can be taken to reinforce USMC values across the Corps, prevent sexual assault and combat the rise of white supremacy and other extremist ideologies among servicemembers. "General … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Duckworth Joins Markey, Senate Colleagues in Supporting President Biden’s Return to Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and of nine their colleagues in the reintroduction of the Iran Diplomacy Act. The legislation supports President Biden's diplomatic effort to return all sides to full-compliance with their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Last week, the Biden administration formally … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Duckworth & Collins Re-introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Veterans’ Health Care Costs and Protect Their Access to Health Care During COVID19 Pandemic

Bill would eliminate copays and cost sharing for Veterans receiving qualifying COVID19 preventive services [WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) today re-introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce health care costs and ensure parity for Veterans impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. The No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act would make sure that Veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health Administration … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Justice Department Decision to Retain U.S. Attorney John Lausch

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after it was reported that the Biden Justice Department will retain John Lausch as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois until his successor is confirmed. Duckworth and Durbin first voiced their desire to retain Mr. Lausch until his successor is confirmed in November 2020. On February 9, they wrote a letter to the President renewing this request. "We … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Thomas Vilsack as Agriculture Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Thomas Vilsack as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. Vilsack was confirmed by a 92-7 vote to serve as USDA Secretary under President Biden. "Tom Vilsack's proven leadership and important experience in supporting America's farmers, investing in rural communities and championing food assistance will help him lead our Department of Agriculture once again. With the … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Illinois Native Merrick Garland at His Senate Confirmation Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this morning introduced Illinois native Merrick Garland at his U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General of the United States. In her introduction, Duckworth highlighted Garland's ties to Illinois and expressed why she has full confidence in Garland's capability to lead the Department of Justice and defend the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. Video of the Senator's speech … Continue Reading

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