Press Releases

April 18, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois National Guard Leaders

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—met with the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Major General Richard Neely, ILNG Assistant Adjutant General & Air Commander Brigadier General Daniel McDonough as well as other ILNG leaders to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the Illinois National Guard as our nation continues to face multiple threats and global security challenges overseas. Among other … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Duckworth: We Need to Judge Boeing by What It Does, Not By What It Says

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—sharply criticized Boeing’s repeated bad behaviors relating to the 737 MAX program, outlining several examples of the aerospace giant failing to live up to its claim that it prioritizes safety above all else. During today’s CST hearing on the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Hospital Leaders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with hospital leaders from across Illinois to discuss the federal support needed to ensure availability of quality care for all Illinoisans. Duckworth and the leaders also discussed strengthening and supporting the healthcare workforce, as well as ensuring healthcare facilities across the state can continue to provide necessary care without having to worry about the rising cost of prescription drugs. A photo from the meeting is … Continue Reading

April 12, 2024

Following Green Energy-Focused Visit in Europe, Duckworth Discusses Future Waste Reduction Energy Production Technology in Rockford

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Rockford government and labor leaders to discuss a proposed waste-to-energy facility in Rockford. This meeting follows Duckworth’s official visit to Sweden and The Netherlands earlier this year where she met with industry and government leaders who are pioneering clean waste-to-energy technology, learning more about this technology and how it can be replicated in Illinois. As a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations … Continue Reading

April 12, 2024

Duckworth Highlights Recent Federal Funding She Secured for Rockford Schools

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with leaders from Rockford Public Schools (RPS), Rockford University (RU) and Rock Valley College (RVC) to discuss recent federal support—including for projects she helped secure—for the Rockford-area schools. In last month’s government funding bills, Duckworth secured $300,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) for RPS to fund its initiative with RU for high school students interested in pursuing a career in education to … Continue Reading

April 11, 2024

Duckworth, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Accessibility at Amtrak Stations Across the Country

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)—both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST)—introduced bipartisan legislation to help break down unnecessary barriers that Americans with disabilities continue to experience at Amtrak rail stations across the country. Building on Duckworth’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, which became law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is … Continue Reading

April 10, 2024

Duckworth Secures Support from Defense Secretary Austin on Her Proposal to Improve Access to Quality Patient Care for Servicemembers and Their Families in the Indo-Pacific

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC)—secured support from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Lloyd Austin for a proposal she plans to push strongly to be included in the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at improving DoD medical readiness and ensuring servicemembers and their families have access to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Diaper Bank Advocates, Underscores Efforts to Pass Her Bill to End Diaper Need for Low-Income Families Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with diaper bank leaders and advocates—including members of the National Diaper Bank Network and Cradles to Crayons Founder & CEO Lynn Margherio—to discuss her efforts to help make it easier for low-income families to afford the diapers that they need for their children. In her meetings, Duckworth highlighted that she was able to successfully secure $20 million in the final fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations … Continue Reading

April 10, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Chicagoland Transportation Priorities with Regional Transportation Authority

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Executive Director Leanne Redden and other RTA leaders and members to discuss the agency’s funding and priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2025. The RTA region’s system provides more than two million rides each weekday on bus and rail services in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and serves approximately 8.4 million residents. A photo of this meeting … Continue Reading

April 10, 2024

Duckworth Commends Biden EPA’s New PFAS Rule That Will Protect Public Health and Children

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of both the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and the U.S. Senate Lead Task Force, today released the following statement commending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for announcing the first-ever legally enforceable limit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water for 5 PFAs chemicals including, PFOA, PFOS and GenX—which will require water systems to monitor and abate PFAS … Continue Reading

April 09, 2024

Duckworth: Donald Trump is Solely Responsible for Arizona Abortion Ban Ruling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively upheld a near-total abortion ban in that state by allowing a law written during the Civil War in 1864—which criminalizes abortion for patients, providers and anyone who helps a patient obtain an abortion with exceptions only to save the mother’s life—to be “prospectively” enforced. This ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court could never have … Continue Reading

April 09, 2024

Duckworth Statement on Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability today released bodycam footage capturing the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Dexter Reed on March 21 in Chicago: “The video released today and the violence captured in it is shocking and disheartening. My thoughts are with the friends, family and loved ones of Dexter Reed as they continue to mourn his tragic death. I’m also hoping for a full … Continue Reading

April 08, 2024

Duckworth Applauds President Biden’s New Plan to Cancel Student Loan Debt for Millions of Borrowers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement applauding President Biden’s new plan to cancel student loan debt for millions of Americans: “Higher education should be a ticket to the middle class, not the barrier to opportunity that mountains of student debt have made it for millions of hardworking Americans. I’m pleased President Biden is continuing to deliver on his promise to eliminate more of these barriers by taking new action to provide … Continue Reading

April 04, 2024

Duckworth Calls on FAA to Review Boeing’s Disturbing Pattern of Failing to Disclose Critical 737 MAX Safety Information to Pilots

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—today urged Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) Michael Whitaker to examine why pilots were not aware that the cockpit door on the 737 MAX 9 was designed to automatically open during a rapid depressurization event until after the door plug fell out of Alaska Airlines … Continue Reading

March 29, 2024

Duckworth Accepting Applications for FY2025 Congressionally Directed Spending Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced she is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2025 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests. The CDS process does not represent new spending, rather it enables Members of Congress to allocate existing funding for specific local projects by units of government, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that meet strict eligibility requirements. Applications to Duckworth’s office are due by Friday, April 5. … Continue Reading

March 28, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Send Letters Urging Medicaid Health Insurance Companies in Illinois to Address Lead Poisoning Risk to Children

[CHICAGO, IL] -  U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited the Erikson Institute today to announce letters they sent to five Medicaid managed care companies (MCOs) in Illinois, urging them to address lead poisoning risks to children in Chicago by preemptively sending drinking water test kits, water filters, home visitors and educational materials to all enrolled children in the city. The letters are being sent to: Aetna, BlueCross, CountyCare, … Continue Reading

March 27, 2024

Duckworth Announces $2.5 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending for Medical Clinic Improvements in Flora

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $2,505,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Request was sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program to Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics for the expansion of its Flora Clinic facility. This investment would help support a more than 5,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility to allow for expanded group behavioral … Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

Duckworth on Harmful USPS Proposal: We Must Protect Jobs in Rural Communities and Support, Not Weaken our Postal Service

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - In advance of today’s United States Postal Service (USPS) Public Meeting in Springfield, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today is speaking out in support of safeguarding jobs and protecting efficient mail delivery times after the USPS, led by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, proposed changes to several Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) in Illinois, including in Springfield, that will negatively impact delivery times and harm working families across the … Continue Reading

March 25, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Illinois Priorities Secured in Second "Minibus" Government Funding Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the Illinois priorities they helped secure in the second “minibus” of government funding bills, which follows passage of the first “minibus” of six funding bills earlier this month.  The package includes funding bills for Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, … Continue Reading

March 25, 2024

Aviation Safety Subcommittee Chair Duckworth Reacts to Boeing CEO Stepping Down Amid Management Overhaul

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—issued the following statement regarding Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun stepping down at the end of the year amid a management overhaul at the aerospace company: “This is not the first leadership shakeup we’ve seen at Boeing, yet problems still persist and Boeing’s safety … Continue Reading

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