Press Releases

March 19, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin: Small Businesses across Illinois Now Eligible for Federal SBA Emergency Loans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) as well as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today informed Illinois small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that they may now be eligible for low-interest federal loans of up to $2 million under the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Today's announcement comes after the Senators called on SBA … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Duckworth Calls on DOD & HHS to Immediately Begin Training Civilian Healthcare Workers to Use DOD Ventilators

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, is calling on U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work together to ensure civilian healthcare workers are well-trained to use the up to 5 million respirator masks and other personal protective equipment including 2,000 deployable ventilators that DOD made available to HHS this week in response to the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Duckworth to Trump: Take Decisive Action Now to Boost Production of Life-Saving Ventilators

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to President Donald Trump today urging him to take immediate, concrete and decisive action under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to boost production of critical life-saving ventilators. During a press conference, Trump stated he would invoke the DPA to help increase production of ventilators, only to later post a tweet that contradicted his previous statement. In her letter, Duckworth expresses alarm and disappointment in … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Trump Administration to Expand Access to Telehealth Services to Rural Communities During Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and a bipartisan group of 19 other Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase subsidies to health care providers through the Rural Health Care Program, which would ensure that providers have the resources they need to deliver and expand telehealth services for rural communities during the coronavirus … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

House Passes Bill Supported by Duckworth & Durbin to Protect GI Bill Benefits as Universities Move Online Due to Coronavirus

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation supported by combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) as well as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that would make sure student Veterans and their loved ones receiving benefits through the GI Bill continue receiving full benefits today passed through the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the President's desk for his signature. The legislation, which both Senators helped introduce in the Senate, would temporarily allow these … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Duckworth Helps Introduce $17 Billion Bill to Relieve Small Business Loan Payments for 6 Months in Wake of COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today joined U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in introducing legislation that would ensure every small business with a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan would be relieved of their SBA loan payments-including principal, interest, and fees-for the next six months. The Small Business Debt Relief Act of 2020 would be a lifeline for a … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Updated Emergency Paid Leave Bill in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act). The PAID Leave Act is a comprehensive emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave bill—fully funded by the federal government during the coronavirus emergency—to provide additional support to workers and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Duckworth Votes for the Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Act in the Senate

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today voted for the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which cleared the U.S. House of Representatives last week and now heads to the President’s desk. She issued the following statement regarding her vote:“We must always put families first in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and I’m proud to vote for this bipartisan agreement that does just that. This bill pushes the Trump Administration to improve its … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Vote to Protect GI Bill Benefits as Universities Move Online Due to Coronavirus

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) helped introduce and voted to pass bipartisan legislation to make sure student Veterans receiving benefits through the GI Bill continue receiving full benefits as universities temporarily move classes online to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation would temporarily allow student Veterans to continue receiving education benefits without change as their … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges Small Business Administration to Approve Federal Loan Assistance for Illinois in Response to Coronavirus

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza supporting Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for a SBA Economic Injury Declaration for Illinois amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of this week, more than 100 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Illinois, and Governor Pritzker has ordered the closure of all dine-in restaurants and bars, and prohibited gatherings of 50 … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Statement On First Coronavirus-Related Death In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Illinois announced its first coronavirus-related death: "We are both saddened by the confirmation of our state's first death from COVID-19. Our thoughts go out to the victim's family and loved ones during what we know is an incredibly difficult time for them. As we have all seen, this pandemic will disrupt the way we all go about our daily lives, but this sad news is a … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Federal Funding for Illinois & City of Chicago Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received $14.6 million in federal funding and the Chicago Department of Public Health received $8.7 million in federal funding in order to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including funding for patient monitoring, lab testing, acquisition of test kits and protective equipment, and research into vaccines and therapeutics. This federal … Continue Reading


March 15, 2020

Duckworth: Senate Should Pass Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Act Immediately

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately call up and pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Friday night. The Senator issued the following statement regarding the legislation: "We must always put families first in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. I applaud House Democrats for rejecting the White House's initial 'corporations first' … Continue Reading


March 15, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Demand Additional Federal Resources at O'Hare from Trump Administration

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After hundreds of passengers were forced to wait in close quarters for hours on end in order to clear medical screenings at customs at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan, and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after President Trump issued an emergency disaster declaration under the Stafford Act to strengthen federal support to state, local and tribal efforts to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic: "The Trump Administration botched its response to the COVID-19 outbreak from the beginning by eliminating the office that could have helped our country prepare for this pandemic, rejecting the World … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $3.5 Million For Maternal And Child Health Services In Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth today announced $3,531,780 in federal funding awarded to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to support health care for low-income mothers, children, and families. This funding is provided through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). "With this grant, the Illinois Department of … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Landmark Legislation to Fund PFAS Cleanup

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in introducing legislation to help communities combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination and exposure in drinking water and groundwater. The Providing Financial Assistance to States (PFAS) for Testing and Treatment Act would provide substantial federal funding for PFAS remediation in drinking water, and groundwater, … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Duckworth Presses USCIS for Answers on Accessibility Policies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the director at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), demanding USCIS answer whether the actions taken in the Lucio Delgado case were consistent with USCIS policies and provide detailed descriptions of the agency's guidance and resources related to individuals with disabilities. According to reports, last week USCIS failed to provide Mr. Delgado-a … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Duckworth: Defense Department Should Begin Preparing National Guard and Reserve Units to Assist in the COVID-19 Outbreak

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper today highlighted concerns that the Department of Defense has not yet taken proactive steps to ensure the readiness of National Guard and Reserve units to support local civilian authorities should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread. Senator Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Duckworth, Capito Honor Girl Scouts of America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), co-chairs of the Girl Scouts' Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, today introduced a resolution recognizing the Girl Scouts of America on its 108th birthday and celebrating its legacy of building powerful female leaders. "Girl Scouts helped teach me the importance of service as well as the leadership skills that I use in the Senate every day," said Senator Duckworth. "I'm proud to introduce this bipartisan … Continue Reading

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