Press Releases

September 30, 2020

Duckworth Statement on the Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11, 2020. "I'm glad that Democrats and Republicans came together to avoid shutting down the federal government in the midst of a global pandemic. With that said, I'm deeply disappointed that Republicans continue to refuse to come to the table to address our country's most dire need: comprehensive relief from the COVID-19 public … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Duckworth, Murkowski Urge Senate Leadership to Include Head Start Funding in Next COVID Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership requesting that any future COVID-19 relief package include emergency funding for Head Start programs that have experienced an uptick in operational costs due to expanded programming and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Start programs deliver high-quality, evidence-based education and comprehensive services to children across the country and during this … Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

Duckworth Speaks To Illinois VFW On Its 121st Anniversary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today on the 121st anniversary of the founding of The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke with VFW Department of Illinois's Legislative Committee Director Jay Hoffman to discuss the organization's legislative priorities. They also discussed the Senator's efforts on important issues impacting Veterans in Illinois and across the nation, including Veteran access to full benefits and high-quality healthcare. … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $8 Million For COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - 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 $6.2 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health and $1.9 million to the Chicago Department of Public Health to help prepare for an eventual distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, upon regulatory review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The funding, which is from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and … Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Duckworth Statement Following Trump’s Announcement of his Nominee for the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. "With barely a month before Election Day, Americans across the country are already casting their ballots to select our next President, the majority of whom think the person elected on November 3rd should select the next Supreme Court nominee. The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 200,000 Americans … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

With Application Deadline Approaching, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications for U.S. Military Service Academies

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2025 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close one week from today, on Friday, October 2. Duckworth's office has been accepting applications from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to one of the four Military Service Academies through her website since March. Each year Duckworth, with the assistance of a nomination … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Acclivus to Discuss Efforts to Help Underserved Communities in Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Acclivus President LeVon Stone and Program Director Bamani Obedele to discuss the work and services provided by the organization. Acclivus is a community health organization that focuses on the health and well-being?of individuals living in Chicago's most vulnerable neighborhoods. "Far too many people in Chicago and across our country have been forced to deal with the harmful impact of violence in their communities and … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Duckworth Discusses Small Business Development with Chinese Mutual Aid Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual roundtable with staff and board members of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) to discuss small business development, as well as the organization's response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. CMAA was selected to be an Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and began running operations earlier this year, the only Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) SBDC in Illinois. "Starting and operating a small … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Duckworth Holds Virtual Fireside Chat on Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gap, 30th ADA Anniversary and COVID-19 Recovery with Chicago Community Trust

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today participated in a virtual fireside chat hosted by Chicago Community Trust President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle to discuss the Senator's efforts to close the wealth gap that exists between Americans of color and white Americans. In light of ongoing calls for racial equity and the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Duckworth and Gayle also … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Schakowsky, Clay Applaud GAO Agreement to Investigate the Availability of Accessible Public Housing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee and Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Chair of the Housing, Community Development and Insurance Subcommittee recently sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting a report on the availability of affordable, accessible housing in the twenty-five largest metropolitan areas in the United … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Wyden, Kaine Introduce Bill to Prohibit Federal Law Enforcement Officers From Wearing Camouflage Patterns in the U.S.

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to prohibit federal law enforcement officers from wearing camouflage patterns in the United States in most cases, since they can easily be confused for military personnel when doing so. At a House Armed … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth Honors the Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Senate Floor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke on the Senate floor earlier today to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy. Senator Duckworth's remarks discussed a few of the ways that Justice Ginsburg's landmark decisions impacted her own military career and family life. Video of the Senator's speech is available here. Key quotes: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped make my career possible… she helped make my hope of one day serving in a combat role regardless of my … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth Statement on Proposal to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife that has jurisdiction over the Endangered Species Act, released the following statement after participating in a legislative hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to examine S. 4589, Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020. Watch her full remarks here. "The Endangered Species Act plays a vital role in protecting species … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce $5.8 Million For Chicago Rockford International Airport

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $5.8 million in federal funding for Chicago Rockford International Airport. The funding, which is from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will be used for the construction of a larger cargo apron to meet growing demand. "Chicago Rockford International Airport is an important economic engine for the Stateline area and today's funding … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Duckworth, Merkley, Booker Introduce Legislation Urging EPA to Reverse Trump’s Weakening of Clean Water Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and five of their colleagues introduced a resolution today calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain and strengthen Clean Water Act protections following the Trump Administration's relentless attacks on the landmark law. The resolution also recognizes the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Call On Republicans to Stand for Science and Support Bill to Stop Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and 30 of their Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump Administration in the work of experts and the nation's public health agencies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As we mourn the loss of … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

USCIS Implements Duckworth’s Law Fixing Immigration Policy for Children of U.S. Servicemembers and Civil Servants

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now implemented a bipartisan law authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) that honors the service of our military and the dedication of our civil servants by making sure that their children born while stationed abroad, as well as stepchildren and adopted children, automatically acquire U.S. citizenship. Specifically, her Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act-which she introduced … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $300,000 for Clean Energy Innovation in the Midwest

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $299,703 in federal funding today to Chicago's Clean Energy Trust (CET). With this investment, CET will be able to help close the funding gap in the clean technology space by supporting new companies in raising additional resources. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Build to Scale Program, which supports technology-based economic development … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey, Schumer, Cantwell, Colleagues in Demanding Urgent Action by FCC to Connect Students to Online Learning

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and 33 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the country are increasingly attending virtual … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after learning of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "There are no words to adequately express just how devastated and heartbroken I am to learn of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only did our nation lose a brilliant jurist, we lost a hero-a 5'1" giant who gave a voice to girls and women everywhere and moved the needle forward in our long fight toward justice and … Continue Reading

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