Press Releases

March 03, 2017

Bipartisan Duckworth Bill Would Protect Transportation & Infrastructure Jobs in Illinois, Across America

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Illinois jobs by making sure the state's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) can effectively plan and implement local transportation and infrastructure projects without undue interference from Washington. Duckworth's new legislation cuts red tape by rolling back a misguided U.S. Department of Transportation rule that wouldcreate a massive and complex bureaucratic planning process … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Duckworth Meets With Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met yesterday with former Governor Sonny Perdue, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following the meeting, Senator Duckworth released the following statement: "Governor Perdue and I had a substantive conversation on subjects ranging from the importance of Illinois agriculture to the strength of our nation to how we can help Veterans enter or return to farming so they can work the land they fought to … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Durbin & Duckworth Host First 2017 Illinois Constituent Coffee

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted the first Illinois Constituent Coffee of the 115th Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of a tradition started by U.S. Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) in 1985. "It's important for me to hear directly from the people I represent," said Senator Duckworth. "I'm grateful that I could meet with constituents this morning over coffee and donuts to discuss the needs of hardworking Illinois families alongside my dear … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Duckworth: Sessions Cannot Impartially Investigate Trump Ties to Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement today regarding reports that Attorney General Sessions may have misled Congress during his confirmation hearing regarding his contact with Russian government officials: "After just 24 days on the job, the President's National Security Advisor was forced to resign over his reported collusion with the Russian government. Now, a mere 42 days into the Trump Presidency, his Attorney General faces serious … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump's first address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight: "Since taking office President Trump's record has been divisive and disheartening, but I remained hopeful that he would view tonight as an opportunity to present the American people with a more positive and inclusive message to move us forward as a nation. Despite initial indications, vague platitudes about a bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Duckworth to Trump: You’re Wrong—My Buddies and I “Fought to Win” in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After President Trump said the United States Armed Forces "don't fight to win" yesterday, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following reaction: "Not only are the President's remarks not truthful, they are offensive to every man and woman who has ever worn this great nation's uniform-including thousands currently deployed and in danger. For someone who has never served and thinks he knows more than Generals with real combat experience to say … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Duckworth to Host Iraqi-American Former U.S Military Translator for President Trump’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host Abdulla Sindi as her guest at President Donald Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight. Sindi was forced to flee for his life from the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he was born after he worked with U.S. forces to enforce the no-fly zone following Operation Desert Storm. Though he would not have been able to enter the United States of America had a travel ban similar to President Trump's been in place at the time, … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Duckworth Previews President Trump’s First Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of the President's Address to a Joint Session of Congress, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released a statement calling on the President to follow up on his promises to serve hardworking families and offer a positive vision for our country. Duckworth delivered her statement alongside her guest at President Trump's address tonight, Abdulla Sindi. The statement in high definition is available here and the transcript is available below: "The American people … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Transportation Roundtable in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable today with a number of elected officials, local leaders and officials representing local and regional transportation agencies around Chicagoland to discuss their efforts to expand public transit and support infrastructure projects. Duckworth also discussed the importance of projects like the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, designed to increase the efficiency of the region's … Continue Reading


February 25, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Infrastructure Roundtable in Quincy

QUINCY, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held a roundtable today with local leaders in Quincy, Illinois, to discuss the importance of rebuilding and modernizing Illinois's infrastructure to create jobs, protect children from lead contamination and improve transportation systems statewide. Duckworth, who serves the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, also highlighted her goals to support infrastructure projects in Quincy and … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Western Illinois University Leaders & Discusses College Affordability

MACOMB, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Western Illinois University (WIU) leaders today to discuss college affordability issues and hear about how she can best serve WIU and its students as Illinois's newest Senator. Duckworth toured the campus and commended WIU for its designation as a "Best for Vets College." The school currently has 555 students who are Veterans or Servicemembers. A photo of the meeting is available here. "It was great to meet with the leadership of WIU … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Duckworth Opens Senate Constituent Service Office in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted an open house to mark the opening of her new Senate office in Springfield to help ensure hardworking families across central Illinois can easily and quickly take advantage of the constituent services offered by the Senator and her downstate staff. Duckworth's Springfield Senate Office will provide a number of services to Illinoisans including assistance with Veterans benefits, Social Security, Medicare, small business … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Duckworth Visits Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley

VILLA PARK, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with leaders of both the national Easter Seals organization and the local DuPage and Fox Valley chapter today to discuss the importance of protecting disability rights and supporting children with disabilities and their families. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "Every American should have the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life - including those with a mental or physical disability," said Senator Duckworth. … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Duckworth Speaks at Secretary Jesse White’s African-American Heritage Month Celebration About Need for Economic Justice

CHICAGO, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke at Secretary Jesse White's annual African-American Heritage Month Celebration in Chicago, Illinois. Appearing alongside elected officials like Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Duckworth paid tribute to the leaders and trailblazers of Chicago's African American community and spoke about the need for economic justice in Chicago and across Illinois. A photo is … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea to Discuss Improving Public Safety

ROCKFORD, IL - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea today to discuss how to strengthen police-community relations and how Duckworth can support the Rockford Police Department's efforts to improve public safety. The two discussed the Department's new program to improve quality of life for Rockford residents by encouraging police officers to live in the distressed neighborhoods they serve and protect, which is modeled after the successful Resident Officer … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Visits Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Debra Crockett, Associate Executive Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois, to discuss how they can work together to ensure local farmers have the resources they need to support sustainable food and farm systems. Duckworth also discussed the importance of the Center's efforts to support low-income families through community gardening and educational programming. "Growing up, my family had to rely … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Duckworth Visits Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Debra Crockett, Associate Executive Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois, to discuss how they can work together to ensure local farmers have the resources they need to support sustainable food and farm systems. Duckworth also discussed the importance of the Center's efforts to support low-income families through community gardening and educational programming. "Growing up, my family had to rely … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Duckworth to Deliver George Washington University Commencement Address on National Mall

WASHINGTON, DC - On Sunday May 21st, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will deliver the George Washington University (GW) commencement address in a ceremony on the National Mall. Duckworth graduated from GW in 1992 with a Master of Arts degree in international affairs. "I went to GW in part because of its outstanding record educating students in international relations, something that is as relevant and important today as it has ever been," said Senator Duckworth. "GW helped me build a … Continue Reading


February 19, 2017

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Small Business Development with Local Leaders in Hillside, Illinois

HILLSIDE, IL - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Cook County Recorder Karen Yarbrough and Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino at Priscilla's Ultimate Soulfood Cafeteria in Hillside, Illinois, to discuss the needs of hardworking families in the Chicagoland area and the importance of advancing small business development across the state. A photo of today's visit to Hillside is available here. "If we want to create new economic … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Duckworth Reiterates Call For TSA Staffing Flexibility to Enhance Airport Security & Reduce TSA Delays

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reiterated her call to enhance the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) workforce flexibility by removing the arbitrary cap on the number of full-time screeners TSA may employ to protect our national security and reduce excessive wait times for airline passengers. Duckworth stressed the importance of making sure appropriate authorities are in place now in advance of the upcoming travel season, especially in light of the … Continue Reading

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