Press Releases

April 24, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 71 other Senators in a bipartisan letter calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans From COVID-19

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 other Senate colleagues, called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA). In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence today, the Senators implored the Administration to fully invoke the DPA to address the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss Impact of COVID-19 with Illinois Nonprofits

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a call with representatives from advocacy, community service, and behavioral health nonprofits across Illinois to discuss support for nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the call, the Senators heard from nonprofit leaders about the strain the COVID-19 crisis has placed on their organizations and discussed provisions in the CARES Act that offer financial assistance to nonprofits. … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with President of SEIU Healthcare about COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke by phone with Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas, about the COVID-19 pandemic, how nursing home workers are faring during the crisis as well as the racial disparity in COVID-19 related deaths and the environmental justice issues that can contribute to that disparity. Duckworth and Kelley also discussed SEIU Healthcare’s main priorities, which include obtaining more PPE, … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth Joins Durbin in Pushing Treasury to Ensure Americans Without Broadband Can Receive Economic Impact Payments

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 21 of her Senate colleagues in urging the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations-including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators Senators highlighted that at least 21 million Americans are without … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans from COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 other Senate colleagues, called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA). In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence today, the Senators implored the Administration to fully invoke the DPA to address the … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Help Introduce Legislation to Significantly Expand National Service Programs to Respond to COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and six of their colleagues in announcing the introduction of legislation to expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss COVID-19 Response in Illinois with Acting Navy Secretary and Chief of Naval Personnel

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services committee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, spoke with Acting U.S. Navy Secretary James McPherson and Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral John Nowell today to discuss the Navy’s COVID-19 response efforts in Illinois, including reports of the spread of COVID-19 at Naval Station Great Lakes in Great … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Duckworth, Bustos, Ernst, Durbin, Grassley, Loebsack Propose “Zillow.mil” Service for Military Real Estate

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Joni Ernst (D-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (D-IA) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) proposed an online real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for military space, similar to popular online real estate websites used by Americans, in order to market existing unused places to the Army, other federal agencies, or private partners. The proposal would create a new tool for the … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

As Workplace Infections and Deaths Rise, Duckworth, Durbin, Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers from COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing legislation to protect U.S. workers, including those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to disturbing and widespread reports of unsafe workplaces leading to preventable illnesses and deaths. The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Democratic Senators to Trump: ‘Make clear that the enemy is not the Asian or Asian-American community, but rather a virus that endangers us all’

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today were joined by 24 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in sounding the alarm about the increased harassment and violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the Senators reiterated … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Provide Additional Support for Small Businesses, Hospitals and Health Care Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate passed a nearly $500 billion package to provide funding for small businesses, hospitals and health care workers: “After a week of stonewalling, I’m glad Republicans finally came to their senses and joined Democrats to support emergency funding for our hospitals and health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to struggling small businesses. … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

New Duckworth-Durbin Legislation Would Give Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) previewed a forthcoming legislative proposal to provide uninsured Americans in Illinois and throughout the country the freedom to purchase health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplace exchange by establishing a one-time special enrollment period beginning on May 1, 2020 and ending on August 1, 2020. The State of Illinois previously requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $4.9 Billion in State and Local COVID-19 Funding for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $4.9 billion in state and local stabilization funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help offset the significant increased costs that state and local governments are facing from the COVID-19 pandemic. "The funding authorized by the bipartisan CARES Act stimulus is a good first step in … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $108 Million For Illinois Emergency Education Block Grants

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $108,497,757 in federal funding to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a flexible emergency block grant designed to enable governors to decide how best to meet the needs of students, … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and 34 Democratic Senators to urge Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to take action to help ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. “It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply workers,” wrote the Senators. “Breakdowns in the food supply chain could have … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Duckworth Writes to Schumer & McConnell Requesting Funding for Environmental Justice Communities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair and co-founder of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, led 15 of her colleagues today in writing to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requesting assistance in the fourth COVID-19 relief package for environmental justice communities-that are especially vulnerable to the virus and often found in high poverty areas that could challenge their recovery. Specifically, the Senators … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Tour Rock Island Arsenal, Discuss Efforts to Battle COVID-19

[ROCK ISLAND, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today joined U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to tour the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence at the Rock Island Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. The Members and McCarthy toured the Arsenal's 3D printing facility, where parts for Army-procured ventilators are being produced, as well as elements and parts of personal protective equipment (PPE) … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth Visits Chicagoland COVID-19 Response Centers

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S. Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy to tour key COVID-19 response centers in Chicago and Cook County to assess how the federal government can continue to support efforts to mitigate this public health crisis. Duckworth toured McCormick Place, which currently serves as a medical facility for diagnosed or highly probable COVID-19 patients, with Secretary McCarthy, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth Statement on GOP Efforts to Pit Hospital Workers & First Responders Against Small Businesses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today after funding ran out for the Paycheck Protection Program: “It’s a disgrace that Senate Republicans—all to score political points—have allowed SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program to go bankrupt in the middle of a crisis where small businesses are in desperate need of aid. And the fact is, Democrats and Republicans actually both agree that we have to add $250 billion this program. However, the … Continue Reading

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