Press Releases

April 08, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Call for Expanding Coronavirus Testing Capability by Providing Flexibility to Testing Laboratories

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), today called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide additional regulatory flexibility to hospitals and private laboratories to enable scaled-up testing capacity for the novel coronavirus. Even as rapid testing is becoming available, hospitals are still facing delays in obtaining patient results and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $52 Million in Federal Funding to Help Illinois Health Centers Respond to COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive a total of $52,697,049 in federal grants to support 45 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in their COVID-19 response efforts. This funding comes from the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that both Durbin and Duckworth voted for to help increase COVID-19 screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and protective equipment, and boost … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Write to Mnuchin about Failed Relief Application Process for Aviation Industry Workers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today about pressing concerns with the application and evaluation processes for accessing the aviation industry workforce stabilization funds included in the CARES Act. To prevent massive layoffs and furloughs, the CARES Act authorized the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide payments to air carrier industry workers. However, Treasury's preliminary guidance did not … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues to HHS: Reopen the ACA Marketplace, Allow More Americans To Get Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and 24 Senate Democrats to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to COVID-19. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators urged HHS to allow Americans to … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth Slams Trump for Removing Inspector General Tasked with Overseeing COVID-19 Funds

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump took steps to prevent Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine from serving in his role overseeing the implementation of the more than $2 trillion authorized by the bipartisan CARES Act stimulus: "Democrats worked hard to make sure that strong and transparent oversight was a critical component of the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package passed last month. Right from the beginning, … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Democratic Colleagues Press Trump Administration on Unemployment Insurance Benefits

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 33 Democratic colleagues today in pressing the Trump Administration to take additional action to ensure workers receive unemployment insurance benefits as quickly as possible. The Senators outlined a number of actions the Administration should take to help states disburse supercharged unemployment insurance: provide technological support, assist … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth Joins Cardin and Colleagues to Urge Trump Administration to Reserve a Portion of Paycheck Protection Program Funding for Underserved Borrowers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senate Democratic leaders today in sending a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the Trump administration officials to take steps to ensure that the most vulnerable small businesses have access to the important financial resources … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth Calls for the Resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly

[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 the Acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, to resign immediately. On Thursday evening, Modly said, in part, regarding his relieving Captain Brett Crozier from command of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt: "I could reach no other conclusion than that Captain Crozier had allowed the complexity of his challenge with the COVID outbreak on his ship to … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Additional $8 Million In Federal Funding To Support COVID-19 Response In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $6.3 million to the State of Illinois and $1.7 million to the City of Chicago to support COVID-19 response. This is in addition to funding previously provided by the CDC, for a total of $23.7 million for Illinois and $12.2 million for Chicago. "Our nation's health care system and state and local health departments are on the … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Van Hollen in Writing Bipartisan Letters in Support of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Volunteers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and nearly two dozen of their Senate colleagues in sending two bipartisan letters seeking clarity on unemployment benefits and work opportunities for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service participants. In the first letter, the Members urge Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to clarify that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program passed within the CARES Act … Continue Reading


April 05, 2020

Duckworth Statement on Trump’s Firing of Widely Respected Inspector General Michael Atkinson

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Donald Trump fired Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson, whose handling of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint was described as "by the book" by Michael Horowitz, the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General and Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency: "Once again, Donald Trump puts his own self-interest ahead of the public interest. … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Duckworth to Pence: Immediately Use Defense Production Act Authority to Effectively Coordinate Distribution of Medical Supplies

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Gary Peters (D-MI) yesterday wrote to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence requesting President Trump direct the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to exercise its authority under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to improve the distribution of medical supplies to hospitals, frontline providers and first responders across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators also called on Trump to direct … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bipartisan Letter Urging USDA to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Hoeven (R-ND), and 30 of their colleagues in writing a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, urging the Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. "We write to ask that you take action to ensure the continuity of … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth Leads Call For Investigation into Suspicious Deletion of Online Information on the Strategic National Stockpile

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) in demanding an immediate independent investigation into potential improper political interference in the management of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The senators' letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) comes as a response to reports that the SNS website was altered to reflect … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $1.6 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Bill Funding for Illinois Transit

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the State of Illinois a total of $1,623,200,130 in federal transit formula funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding will allow Illinois's transit agencies to continue operations during the COVID-19 response ensuring transportation access to jobs, medical treatment, food, and other essential … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Call on Administration to Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries get Stimulus Checks Automatically

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 43 colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $147 Million to Support Community Services in Illinois as Part of COVID-19 Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive more than $147 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law last week and will be distributed across Illinois through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth to VA Secretary Wilkie: Cover Costs of COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Veterans Living and Travelling Abroad

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today wrote to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting that VA act swiftly to cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment under the VA's Foreign Medical Program (FMP) for Veterans living and travelling abroad. While FMP benefits are currently limited to services that are medically necessary to treat a service-connected disability or condition, the recently enacted bipartisan COVID-19 relief … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Duckworth Urges Administration to Continue Covering All Costs of National Guard Troops Activation

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today wrote to President Donald J. Trump requesting that the Administration extend the Title 32 authority for all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least 180 days. By doing so, the federal government would continue covering 100 percent of the costs of this activation. On March 30, Trump … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Organizations Serving Vulnerable Illinoisans about COVID-19 Response

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke with officials from several Illinois organizations serving vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these discussions, Duckworth discussed how the bipartisan CARES Act stimulus law may help these organizations, checked in about each organization's response to and issues stemming from the pandemic and asked what additional federal resources might be needed in the months ahead so they can continue supporting their … Continue Reading

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