Press Releases

May 12, 2020

Senators Duckworth and Markey Introduce New Legislation to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program Reaches More Small Businesses of Color

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA), members of the Small Business and & Entrepreneurship Committee, announced legislation to appropriate Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding better targeted towards small businesses of color. Minority-owned small businesses have been disproportionally shut out from the existing PPP due to a lack of existing banking relationships and needs for smaller loan amounts. The lack of SBA data on demographics for … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth Hosts Community Health Centers Conference Call on COVID-19 Challenges

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke by phone with community health center leaders from across Illinois today to discuss the challenges faced by these health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Duckworth spoke with leaders from the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Howard Brown Health in Chicago, Heartland Health Services in Peoria and Shawnee Health Service in Carterville. During the call, Duckworth highlighted priorities she will push for in a future … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey and Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet during Coronavirus Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 37 colleagues to introduce the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth Joins Bicameral Effort to Address COVID-19’s Impact on Communities Plagued by Environmental Injustice

[WASHINGTON, DC] - As Congress considers additional funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Senate and House have introduced legislation seeking to address the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has on communities experiencing environmental injustices. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE), founding members of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, introduced legislation that would provide $50 million for … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Casey, Colleagues Push to Expand Food Delivery for SNAP Recipients During Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Bob Casey (D-PA) and a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented rise in unemployment and a subsequent increase in demand for food … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth & Scott Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced bipartisan legislation today to ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. Currently, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020, must wait … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth Pushes DoD to Improve Guidance on Allowing COVID-19 Survivors to Serve in Military

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to express her concern over interim Department of Defense guidance that would block some survivors of COVID-19 from joining the military. In her letter, Duckworth urges DoD to consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin developing long-term … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $25 Million in Federal Funding to Help Illinois Health Centers Expand Covid-19 Testing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $25,226,505 in federal grants to support expanded COVID-19 testing at 45 Community Health Centers (CHCs) across the state. This funding comes from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which was signed into law on April 24th. Congressional Democrats fought to ensure that this legislation included a total of $25 billion in new funding to help … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Duckworth Calls on Independent Watchdog to Investigate FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) requested the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigate FEMA's Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, including Project Air Bridge, to ensure compliance with federal law in distributing critical medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public reporting has shown possible evidence of mismanagement and secrecy around Project Air Bridge and raised concerns regarding the Task Force's ability … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Duckworth & Scott Announce Bipartisan Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) announced a bipartisan proposal to ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. Currently, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020, must wait until they file taxes in calendar year 2021 to receive those payments due to … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Metro East Faith Leaders About COVID-19 Response & Environmental Justice Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, spoke by phone today with leaders of United Congregations of Metro East to discuss issues faced by members of the Metro East faith-based community. During the call, Duckworth highlighted priorities she will push for in future COVID-19 relief legislation, such as increased funding for communities facing environmental justice issues, as well as work she's done at the … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Duckworth, Schneider Call on Congressional Leadership to Include Aid for Nuclear-Affected Communities in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Congress considers additional funding to support the U.S. response to the economic and public health dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) called on Congressional leadership to include their legislation to assist nuclear-affected communities. The Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act would provide financial assistance to the communities around … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Duckworth at COVID-19 Hearing: Why Isn’t CARES Act Funding Being Used to Protect Airline Maintenance Workers?

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation (CST) Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned industry leaders about why bipartisan CARES Act relief funding is not being dispersed in a timely manner to Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) companies, airline contractors or caterers. Many of these companies, including several in Illinois, have not yet received any relief from the Treasury Department despite being eligible for the … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Highlight Illinois Priorities Included in Major Water Infrastructure Bill Now Moving Through Senate

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) as well as Ranking Member on EPW’s Fisheries, Wildlife and Water Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the inclusion of several key priorities that will help Illinois in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA), which passed the EPW committee today and now heads to Senate floor for final consideration.“I’m proud that so … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Co-Chairs of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus Highlight EJ Wins in Water Infrastructure Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, after the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee favorably reported America’s Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 out of the committee, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) - co-founders of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus along with U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) - highlighted how these bipartisan bill wills help to ensure that the benefits of water … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Hassan and Colleagues Call for Greater Support for Students with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 22 of their colleagues in calling for greater support for students who experience disabilities in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation. The funding would help ensure that school districts have more resources to continue to provide students who experience disabilities a free and appropriate public education as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Availability of Nearly $570 Million in COVID-19 Relief for K-12 Education in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the availability of up to $569,467,218 in federal funding to support continued education for Illinois K-12 students whose schooling has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding allocation, which the Illinois State Board of Education can apply for by July 1, 2020, is part of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) stimulus that both Duckworth & … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos, Kinzinger Discuss COVID-19 Response with Illinois Hospitals

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) today, on a call with more than 30 CEOs of Illinois hospitals and leaders of the Illinois Health & Hospital Association and Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois and how hospitals are fighting the pandemic on the ground. The bipartisan members of Congress thanked the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Harris, Colleagues Call on DOJ to Proactively Address Coronavirus-related Anti-Asian Discrimination, Hate Crimes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and 13 colleagues in urging the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to take concrete steps to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. These steps are similar to those DOJ has taken in the past to address jumps in discrimination and hate crimes against a particular community. The … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Call for $26 Billion in Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Support Research Workforce

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and 31 of their Senate colleagues today in advocating for protections for the U.S. scientific research community during the coronavirus pandemic. Although coronavirus-related research is a current federal government priority, most other research has slowed or stopped due to closures of campuses and laboratories. The people who comprise the research … Continue Reading

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