Press Releases

February 13, 2020

Duckworth Introduces Legislation to Help Deported Veterans Gain Citizenship

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After a deported U.S. Marine Veteran was denied the opportunity to attend his own naturalization hearing, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced legislation to help prevent this from happening again. Her legislation would ensure that deported Veterans who have successfully completed the preliminary naturalization process-like U.S. Marine Veteran Roman Sabal who served for six years and received an honorable discharge after attaining the … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $15 Million to Support Public Housing in Southern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $15,157,628 in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout Southern Illinois for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties. This funding was allocated though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. "Children and families in need across Southern Illinois rely on investments like these that help … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $8 Million to Support Public Housing in the Metro East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $8,409,873 in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout the Metro East for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties. This funding was allocated though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. "Children and families in need across the Metro East rely on investments like these that help improve … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $16 Million to Support Public Housing in Northwest Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $16,585,075 in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout Northwest Illinois for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties. This funding was allocated though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. "Children and families in need across Northwest Illinois rely on investments like these that help … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $21 Million to Support Public Housing in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $21,084,252 in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout Central Illinois for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties. This funding was allocated though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. "Children and families in need across Central Illinois rely on investments like these that help improve … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $74 Million to Support Public Housing in Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $74,763,733 in federal funding to public housing authorities throughout the Chicagoland area for development, financing and modernization of public housing properties. This funding was allocated though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund program. "Children and families in need across Chicagoland rely on investments like these that help improve … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Trump Administration's Failure to Include Funding for Great Lakes Shoreline Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called out the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 work plan for not including funding for two important Great Lakes shoreline programs - the Great Lakes Resiliency Study and the Chicago Shoreline Project. "As the Great Lakes shoreline faces the most serious environmental threat in decades, the Army Corps' work plan fails to provide funding for its protection," Durbin said. "Ignoring … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth Chairs Climate Crisis Committee Hearing on the National Security Risks of Climate Change

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis-which is chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee-on understanding and addressing the national security risks of climate change. Duckworth discussed the unique ways climate change threatens our country's national security with Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips (United States Navy, Ret.), … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Slam Trump Administration for Stonewalling Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), joined 39 other Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to Veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. In their letter, the Senators specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Senate Confirms John Kness To Serve As U.S. District Judge For The Northern District Of Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed John Kness to serve as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago. The Kness nomination accompanies the previous nominations of Mary Rowland, Martha Pacold, and Steven Seeger to serve on the Northern District of Illinois bench: "We are pleased that the Senate confirmed Mr. Kness to be a District … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Community College Trustees from Across Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with members of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association about her personal experience with student loan debt and her work to make higher education more affordable, accessible and effective. The trustees were in Washington, D.C., to attend the Association of Community College Trustees' (ACCT) national legislative summit. A photo of the meeting is available here. "As someone who wasn't always sure I'd be able to go … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Duckworth Meets with John A. Logan College Trustees to Discuss Higher Education Issues

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with two members of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees-Mandy Little and Aaron Smith-to discuss the importance of making higher education more affordable and investing in Veteran and servicemember education. Little and Smith are in Washington, D.C., attending the Association of Community College Trustees' (ACCT) national legislative summit. A photo of the meeting is available here. "Those of us who weren't always … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Legislation To Achieve Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By No Later Than 2050

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and 30 other Senators in introducing The Clean Economy Act, legislation that would put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. The bill heeds the call for bold climate action and at the same time boosts American competitiveness, promotes healthier frontline communities, and fosters a growing economy that works for … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

In Hearing, Duckworth Pushes to Reassert Congressional Role in Matters of War and Peace in Afghanistan

and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned experts about the outdated 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), highlighting that Congress should vote on a new AUMF that would accurately reflect what troops are doing on the ground and authorize operations in Afghanistan. Video of Duckworth's questions at the hearing is available here. "The Constitution grants Congress with the sole power to declare war. With this authority comes a solemn responsibility to make sure our … Continue Reading


February 09, 2020

Duckworth Responds to the Mass Shooting in Thailand

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the mass shooting in Korat, Thailand: "Such sad news out of Thailand this weekend," said Senator Duckworth. "My heart goes out to the victims' loved ones and all those affected by the mass shooting in Korat. This sort of tragedy should never happen … Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Duckworth Responds to the Retaliatory Firing of Lt. Col. Vindman

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a Purple Heart recipient and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), issued the following statement after Lt. Col. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council (NSC) who testified during the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House earlier today. Vindman testified before the House in November under subpoena and told members he had … Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Duckworth, Bustos Lead 19 Colleagues in Sending a Letter to PJM Advocating for Affordable Clean Energy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and 19 of their Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Manu Asthana, President and CEO of PJM Interconnection, to urge a delay in PJM's annual capacity auctions so states can mitigate the expansion of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)'s Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) and understand how this decision will impact consumers. FERC's recent decision directs PJM, which … Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Duckworth Awarded Jane Addams Medal for Distinguished Service

[ROCKFORD, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was awarded the Rockford University's Jane Addams Medal for Distinguished Service today in recognition of her dedication to public service and advocacy for vulnerable and underrepresented communities. The Senator is the 38th recipient of Rockford University's highest public recognition, which honors women who are pioneers in their professions, outstanding in character and recognized for their contributions to the arts, sciences and society. … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Senator Duckworth Statement on Conclusion of Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting to convict Donald J. Trump of both articles of impeachment and remove him from office. Earlier today, Duckworth spoke on the Senate floor about her decision. "Ever since I enlisted in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, I've sworn oaths to defend the Constitution-first as a Soldier and now as a Senator. These oaths mean … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Duckworth Reaction to Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement reacting to Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union Address: "Rather than attempting to unite our divided nation and present solutions to the serious challenges we face, Donald Trump yet again chose to mislead the American people, claim credit for the work of others and embellish his Administration's disastrous record. Rather than strengthening our national security, his reckless decisions in recent months … Continue Reading

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