Press Releases

July 16, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $24 Million for Community Health Centers Across Illinois

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a total of $24,562,393.00 to support local community health centers throughout Illinois. Community health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating primary health care with pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse, and oral … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

At the Rainbow PUSH Black and Brown Leadership Summit, Duckworth Calls for Greater Diversity in Politics and Economic Justice

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called for greater diversity in politics and economic justice at the Rainbow PUSH Black and Brown Leadership Summit. The Senator emphasized that far too many young people of color have their dreams and ambitions stifled by lack of hope. "We need a government that is representative of the American people," said Duckworth. "Our nation is as strong as it is because of the diversity of its people-people that come from all different … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Duckworth Promotes Agricultural Investments During Meeting with Illinois Soybean Association

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with leaders of the Illinois Soybean Association this week to discuss her goals for investing in agriculture and rural America, as well as the need for protecting crop insurance assistance and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Duckworth also focused on the negative impact President Trump's proposed budget cuts to rural development and agricultural programs would have on farmers. A photo of the meeting is available here. "Every … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Repeal Trump Voter Suppression Executive Order

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and number of their colleagues in introducing the Anti-Voter Suppression Act to repeal President Trump's Executive Order establishing an "election integrity" commission to investigate widespread voter fraud. Duckworth has been a vocal critic of the commission's actions, including its intrusive and illegal request for personally-identifiable information on every United States voter, which they temporarily … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $19 Million for Head Start Programs

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $18,928,237 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Illinois. "This funding will help ensure children across Illinois have access to the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom," said Duckworth. "I'll continue to advocate for programs … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Duckworth Helps Introduce Bill to Prevent Creation of Cybersecurity Unit with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 12 other senators to introduce legislation to prevent the creation of a cybersecurity unit with Russia in light of the Russian government's attacks on our election infrastructure and interference in the 2016 presidential election. The bill is a response to President Trump's suggestion that the United States should partner with President Vladimir Putin to create a joint … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Continuing Her Work to Prevent Lead Contamination, Duckworth Cohosts Roundtable on Drinking Water Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the top Democrat on the Senate Fisheries, Wildlife and Water Subcommittee, cohosted a roundtable discussion on the threat of lead contamination in our nation's drinking water. Duckworth stressed the importance of modernizing America's water infrastructure to help ensure Americans in rural, suburban and metropolitan communities alike have access to clean and safe drinking water. A photo of today's roundtable is available … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Updated Senate Version of Trumpcare

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After Senate Republicans released an updated version of Trumpcare, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "It's unfortunate that in the face of mounting public scrutiny, Senate Republicans doubled-down on their secretive, behind-closed-doors process and produced a healthcare bill that's even worse for the American people. "The version of Trumpcare released today would still rob tens of millions of their health insurance and … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $40 Million for Community Health Centers

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a total of $40,054,159.00 to support local community health centers throughout Illinois. Community health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating primary health care with pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse, and oral … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Duckworth: Trump Commission Should Focus on Serious Threats to Our Democracy like Foreign Attacks Instead of Manufacturing False Evidence of Voter Fraud

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called on President Trump's Voter Suppression Commission to rescind its intrusive and illegal request for personally-identifiable information on every United States voter. Speaking alongside Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chair Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and others, Duckworth called on … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Duckworth Calls for Investments in Rural Development During Meeting with Illinois Farm Bureau President

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the President of the Illinois Farm Bureau Rich Guebert today to discuss the important role Illinois farmers and ranchers play in both the state and national economies, as well the need for greater investments in agriculture and critical infrastructure. Duckworth also highlighted the negative impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts to rural development and the importance of protecting crop insurance for farmers. A photo of … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Donald Trump Jr. Seeking Assistance from the Russian Government

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today after Donald Trump Jr. admitted he-along with senior Trump campaign officials-sought help from the Russian government during the 2016 campaign: "President Trump has long denied any connection or collusion between his campaign and the Russian government while doing nothing to counter their clear and persistent attacks on our democracy. Today, Donald Trump Jr. undermined his father's denials by … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Duckworth Outlines her Agenda to Support U.S. Steel & American Manufacturing

[GRANITE CITY, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Granite City steelworkers to discuss her efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to the American steel industry after an estimated 2,300 steelworkers lost their jobs just after Christmas in 2015 when U.S. Steel idled their Granite City mill. During her meeting, Duckworth highlighted the importance of making investments to support American manufacturers and improve trade agreements to bolster the U.S. steel industry. A … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

At Metro East Opioid Treatment Facility, Duckworth Underscores Negative Impacts of TrumpCare

[GRANITE CITY, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today toured Chestnut Health Systems, a Granite City opioid treatment facility, and then discussed the disastrous impact the Senate Republican's TrumpCare proposal would have on the facility. The current proposal before the Senate would slash funding for treatment while handing out a huge tax break of more than $25 billion to the pharmaceutical companies that helped create this epidemic in the first place. "Resolving our nation's opioid … Continue Reading


July 09, 2017

In Cairo, Duckworth Hears Concerns of Alexander County Housing Authority Residents

[CAIRO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today met with residents of the Elmwood and McBride housing developments to listen to their concerns and discuss her continuing efforts to address the challenges faced by families living in the two housing facilities. Since being sworn in as U.S. Senator in January, Duckworth has monitored the troubling situation in Cairo closely and worked to improve poor living conditions and elevated levels of lead in the water at the two housing complexes. … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Senator Duckworth Attends Warrior Games Medals Ceremony in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) took part in the medals ceremony of this year's Warrior Games Cycling Competition in Chicago. The Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense, is a nine day multi-sport event designed for injured and wounded servicemembers and Veterans from every branch of the military. A photo is available here. "I know all too well the sacrifices servicemen and women make to serve their country. That is why it is such an … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Duckworth Warns Against Dangerous Impacts of EPA Cuts in Trump Budget

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the senior-most Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee tasked with ensuring access to clean drinking water and helping prevent lead poisoning, today joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stakeholders to call attention to the President's proposed cuts to the agency and highlight her new legislation to prevent many of the worst impacts. Her Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act would prevent the closure of … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Duckworth Calls for Economic Justice During Meeting with Peoria NAACP President

PEORIA, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Peoria NAACP President, Pastor Marvin Hightower, this week to discuss the need for economic justice throughout Central Illinois and across the nation. Duckworth spoke about the importance of supporting minority-owned businesses, making education more accessible and affordable, as well as the need to strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. A photo of the meeting is available here. "We know that the true strength of this country … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Duckworth: Trump Commission’s Request for Information on IL Voters Violates Federal Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to the Illinois State Board of Elections (IL SBE) today urging them to ignore a burdensome and unlawful request from President Trump's voter suppression commission seeking sensitive personally-identifiable information on every Illinois voter. Duckworth pointed out that the commission's request was not only intrusive but also a violation of federal law, specifically the Paperwork Reduction Act that protects state and local … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

At USDA Lab Facing Closure, Duckworth Discusses Devastating Impact of Trump Budget on Rural Development and Agriculture

PEORIA, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) laboratory in Peoria - which is at risk if President Trump's budget proposal becomes law - to highlight the significant economic harm that its closure would cause the local and state economies. Peoria's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) is the largest agricultural research center outside of the Washington D.C. area, employing hundreds of scientists and … Continue Reading

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