Press Releases

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


April 17, 2020

Duckworth to Trump: Use Full Power of the Defense Production Act to Ensure Illinois First Responders Have PPE Needed to Safely Do Their Jobs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today wrote to President Trump urging him utilize the full the power of the Defense Production Act (DPA) by ordering domestic manufacturers to prioritize U.S. orders to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and requiring supply chain management companies to accept and prioritize U.S. orders to make sure the equipment is swiftly distributed to our communities. As Illinois prepares for an expected surge in COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Senators Press for Robust Federal COBRA Subsidies in the Next COVID-19 Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 16 Senators in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to ensure that any forthcoming COVID-19 legislation include robust federal subsidies so that individuals who lose their job as a result of this pandemic can maintain their employer-sponsored health coverage. One option for Americans who lose their jobs, or drop below the hours necessary … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Press Join Bicameral Letter Urging Trump Administration to Ensure that Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out of Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05) in leading Democratic lawmakers in calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The lawmakers also called for the Administration to amend guidance … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Press USDA to Provide Financial Relief for Illinois Pork and Beef Producers During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide immediate and direct financial assistance to help family pork and beef producers in Illinois. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the Senators said such financial assistance would help with stabilizing cash flow and mitigate marketplace disruptions in the wake of the economic emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the recently … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge HHS to Change Formula for CARES Act Health Provider Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) along with seven of their Senate colleagues, today expressed concern to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the front-line health providers and settings that were excluded from, or inadequately supported through, the $30 billion first round of CARES Act funding. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators urged the Department to alter the methodology for the next round of the CARES Act’s … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Duckworth Statement on Being Named to New White House Taskforce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after being named to a new White House taskforce:“For the sake of the nearly 25,000 Americans who have already lost their lives to COVID-19—and the countless more that will succumb in the weeks and months ahead—I wish Donald Trump had been as eager to prepare our country for this pandemic as he is to rush towards normalcy when his own experts are warning ‘we’re not there yet.’“As a member of this … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Illinois Legislative Leaders to Discuss COVID-19 Response & Racial Disparities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke with Illinois legislative leaders at the state and local level today about the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial disparities that exist in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Illinois and across the nation. Recent reports showed that Black Chicagoans have made up 64 percent of the total deaths in Chicago despite only comprising only about 30 percent of the city's population. Duckworth spoke with Alderman Jason Ervin (Chicago Black Caucus … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $70 Million to Support Illinois Airports Amid COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that airports throughout Illinois will receive a total of $69,995,370 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the COVID-19 crisis. These funds - which were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - will help airport operators meet ongoing needs and to manage current construction projects as revenues have plummeted. "Making sure our airports across … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $376 Million to Support O'Hare and Midway Airports Amid COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports will receive a total of $376,743,810 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the COVID-19 crisis. These funds - which were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - will help airport operators meet ongoing needs and to manage current construction projects as revenues have plummeted. "Making sure our … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Harris in Calling to Designate April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and 20 of their colleagues in reintroducing a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2020, as Black Maternal Health Week to raise awareness about the black maternal health crisis. The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality for developed nations. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), black mothers in the United States are … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues to USDA: Provide Assistance to Specialty Crop Producers During Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and 27 Senate colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that specialty crop producers receive financial assistance from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Illinois is the number one producer of two specialty crops: pumpkins and horseradish. Illinois is also in … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Telehealth Funding Available to Health Care Providers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program will provide $200 million in funding, which was appropriated by Congress as part of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers deliver services to patients at their homes or mobile … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth Joins Wyden in Calling on SBA to Immediately Issue Emergency Grants to Small Businesses

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 17 of her colleagues in writing to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza demanding SBA ensure small businesses receive the new Emergency Economic Injury Grants (EEIGs) within three days of application as required by Congress. The letter follows reports that small businesses across the country are not receiving EEIG advances, despite the fact that they are eligible … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Illinois Delegation Discuss COVID-19 Response with Chicago Mayor Lightfoot

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with several members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, spoke with Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot about Chicago's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response and how they can continue to assist her efforts to protect Illinoisans. The group discussed how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act can provide Illinois families and businesses with relief during the pandemic, and what … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Carper, Foster, Schneider Ask EPA To Improve Communication Of Public Health Risks Of EtO Emissions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL-11) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully adopt the EPA Inspector General (IG) directive to improve its efforts to communicate the potential health risks associated with ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions to at-risk communities, and submit a corrective action plan that includes … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Quad Cities Small Business Owners about CARES Act Implementation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with small business owners from across the Quad Cities region about the implementation of the bipartisan CARES Act stimulus and additional efforts in Congress to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Quad Cities Chamber conference call, Duckworth spoke about relief available to self-employed individuals and small and micro business that employ fewer than 100 people, difficulties surrounding accessing the Paycheck … Continue Reading

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