Press Releases

August 17, 2022

Bipartisan Duckworth-Cornyn Public Safety Officer Support Act Signed into Law

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to honor the public service of police officers, firefighters and emergency responders by supporting the families of public safety officers who are lost to trauma-linked suicides was signed into law by President Biden today. The Public Safety Officer Support Act passed the Senate earlier this month and the House companion passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May. "With this … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Tout Democrats’ Prescription Drug Price Reductions at Central Illinois Family-Owned Pharmacy

[RIVERTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited the family-owned Curry's Family Pharmacy in Riverton to meet with its staff and discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act, that they both championed and secured key provisions in, will help thousands of Illinois's seniors afford life-saving prescription drugs and how, for the first time ever, it will allow Medicare to negotiate for lower medications costs. The Senators were also joined by … Continue Reading


August 13, 2022

Duckworth on Chicago’s West Side: We Must Protect Reproductive Healthcare for All

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited a Planned Parenthood Health Center in Chicago's Austin neighborhood to meet with the facility's leadership and staff and discuss how she will continue to support the clinic's work from the federal level, including by working to enshrine access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare-including abortion-into law. With Roe now overturned and Illinois continuing to serve as a beacon for thousands of Americans traveling for … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $83.5 Million In Fundraising For Illinois From Department Of Transportation's RAISE Grant Program

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $83,500,000 in grant funding awarded to Illinois communities by the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program to help communities around the country carry out infrastructure and transportation projects with significant local or regional impact. "I'm proud that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Secure Key Illinois Priorities In Senate-Passed Inflation Reduction Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) secured key provisions for Illinois in the Senate-passed Inflation Reduction Act. These priorities include investing in domestic energy production and manufacturing right here in the U.S., reducing carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030, investing in clean energy tax credits, lowering prescription drugs, extending the Affordable Care Act subsidies, and more. "This is a big deal: … Continue Reading


August 07, 2022

Duckworth: Inflation Reduction Act Will Save Money for Families, Tackle Climate Crisis and Make Corporations Pay Fair Share

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act: "This is a big deal: Senate Democrats-without a single Republican vote-passed historic changes that will put working Americans first by helping them save money on prescription drugs, fighting inflation, tackling the climate crisis to protect our planet for future generations, cutting the deficit by hundreds of billions and ensuring … Continue Reading


August 05, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $4.6 Million for Medical Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $4,659,710 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) medical research grant funding for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support advancements in sectors ranging from maternal health care to communicative disorders. "Across the state, universities are constantly conducting the cutting-edge research … Continue Reading


August 05, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $4.9 Million For Head Start Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $4,957,465 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. The two recipients of these grants are Community Action Agency for McHenry County, Inc., receiving $2,919,470, and Proviso Leyden Council for Community Actions, … Continue Reading


August 05, 2022

Duckworth Durbin Announce More Than $4.6 Million For Medical Research In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $4,659,710 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) medical research grant funding for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support advancements in sectors ranging from maternal health care to communicative disorders. "Across the state, universities are constantly conducting the cutting-edge research … Continue Reading


August 04, 2022

Duckworth, Murray Introduce Bill to Help Women with Disabilities Access Reproductive Healthcare

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), introduced the Reproductive Healthcare Accessibility Act to help ensure women with disabilities-who face discrimination and extra barriers when seeking care-can access reproductive services and get the informed care they need to have control over their own reproductive lives. "For too long, Americans with … Continue Reading


August 03, 2022

Duckworth: Sweden & Finland as Part of NATO Will Help Improve National Security, Punish Putin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a resolution approving Sweden and Finland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "As Putin continues to wage his unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, it is as important as ever to ensure our NATO alliance is as strong as possible-and I'm proud the Senate took … Continue Reading


August 02, 2022

After Republicans Delayed Efforts to Get Life-Saving Care to Veterans, Duckworth Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Expand Healthcare for Toxic-Exposed Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, historic legislation that will overhaul the VA's processes for toxic-exposed Veterans to include presumptions for several illnesses associated with burn pits and Agent Orange exposures to help deliver long-overdue VA … Continue Reading


August 01, 2022

Bipartisan Duckworth-Cornyn Public Safety Officer Support Act Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX) that honors the public service of police officers, firefighters and emergency responders by supporting the families of public safety officers who are lost to trauma-linked suicides passed the Senate today and heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Today, the Senate took an important action to recognize that our nation must honor and support surviving family members … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Duckworth Joins Brown, Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Fight Discrimination from Financial Institutions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a group of their colleagues in reintroducing the Fair Access to Financial Services Act, a bill to prohibit banks and other financial institutions from discrimination in providing goods or services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. The legislation would ensure that all people receive equal treatment when trying to access services … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Press Walgreens on Policy that Fails to Consider Patients' Medical Needs and Right-to-Privacy When Purchasing Reproductive Health Products

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following recent reports that a nationwide Walgreens policy allows employees to refuse to dispense contraceptives to customers based on their religious or moral beliefs without sufficient accommodations for the rights and privacy of customers, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer requesting that Walgreens revisit this policy to ensure their … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More than $11 Million For Health Care Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin(D-IL) today announced $11,061,526 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) biomedical research grants for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support medical advancement in various fields, from mental health research to cancer biology research. "By increasing support for medical research, we can help deliver real public health … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined a bicameral group of 100 colleagues in the Senate and House led by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as well as U.S. Representatives Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) in … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Duckworth Provisions to Help Achieve Environmental Justice and Lower Local Cost Shares Passes Senate in 2022 Water Resources Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The U.S. Senate today passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, which includes several provisions authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to help bring environmental justice to marginalized communities, lower inland waterway cost shares in Illinois and throughout the country, among many others. Duckworth is Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, and founding Co-Chair of … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Duckworth Joins Grassley to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Americans Save Money at the Pump, Improve Vehicle Efficiency

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in introducing the bipartisan and bicameral Next Generation Fuels Act to leverage higher-octane fuels to help improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with greater octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be utilized in the fuel supply, in turn lowering prices at the pump for consumers. "Right now, Big Oil is using Putin's war of choice as an excuse … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Boost American Manufacturing and Better Compete with China

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022-which would lower costs for working families, boost American manufacturing and strengthen our nation's ability to compete economically with China-by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 64-33: "Lowering costs, creating jobs, boosting American manufacturing-that's what the Senate did today, and I was proud to help pass this bill so we can keep … Continue Reading

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