Press Releases

January 27, 2017

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Duckworth Responds to Trump Blocking Refugees Fleeing Danger

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the executive order signed by the President today to restrict visas from several Muslim-majority countries and halting the Syrian refugee resettlement program, which offers a small number of highly-vetted human beings fleeing terrorism and a murderous regime. "As a child, I witnessed the refugee crisis borne out of people fleeing the Khmer Rouge and Pathet Lao in Southeast Asia with my own eyes. I'm … Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin: Federal Hiring Freeze Threatens to Harm Veterans & the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged President Trump to rethink his misguided federal hiring freeze which, in addition to making the entire federal government less efficient and less able to assist Americans, will hit Veterans particularly hard. The newly-implemented hiring freeze could increase wait times at agencies like Social Security Administration, and reduce government oversight by limiting staffing at Offices of Inspector Generals. It … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Dangerous & Misguided Trump Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the executive orders signed by the President today that would cut federal funding from Illinois and divert U.S. tax dollars to build a wall on the Southern border: "President Trump's actions today are dangerous, misguided and will compromise public safety in communities across Illinois by fostering mistrust and suspicion between local law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect. We … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Senator Duckworth Meets with Chicago Cubs Board Member & Deputy Commerce Secretary Nominee Todd Ricketts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Todd Ricketts, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Cubs and the President's nominee to be Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senator Duckworth will participate in Mr. Ricketts' confirmation hearing, which has not yet been scheduled. B-Roll and a photograph of today's meeting are available here. "Mr. Ricketts and … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Senator Duckworth Meets with Small Business Administration Nominee Linda McMahon

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Linda McMahon, the President's nominee to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Senator Duckworth will also question Ms. McMahon during the nominee's confirmation hearing, which is scheduled to convene tomorrow morning. A photograph of today's meeting is available here. "Today, I spoke with Ms. McMahon about working … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Women’s March Participants from Illinois

WASHIGNTON, DC - In her Capitol Hill office today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined several Illinoisans who participated in Saturday's Women's March on Washington to discuss the importance of remaining active in their communities and working to protect women's rights. Duckworth, a combat Veteran and the first female Asian American U.S. Senator from Illinois, spoke at this weekend's Women's March, calling on those in attendance to make their voices heard and to remain involved in the … Continue Reading


January 21, 2017

Duckworth Addresses Women’s March on Washington

WASHIGNTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) addressed the 2017 Women's March on Washington, calling on those in attendance to get involved in their communities. Following her remarks, Duckworth released the following statement: "Right now, there are real threats to women's rights and civil rights in our country. However, the core values of our great nation - values for which I and countless other servicemembers risked our lives and limbs to protect - are stronger than the … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement on the Confirmation of General James Mattis As Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense: "While I have made my concerns about the erosion of the civilian leadership role over our military clear, I believe General Mattis will be an effective Secretary of Defense. When I met him, I was impressed by his thoughtful, strategic thinking and by his deep understanding of … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement following the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America: "Today is an important day because-no matter what part of this nation we are from or which political party we belong to-we are united as Americans, as citizens of the greatest democracy on earth. Today, as we have for hundreds of years, we saw the peaceful transition of power and once again demonstrated to the world what true … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Duckworth to Perry: American-Made Renewable Energy Reduces Reliance on Foreign Oil, Improves National Security

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared with the nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), Governor Rick Perry, how her military service in Iraq taught her about the danger of our country's dependence on foreign oil and how increasing production of American-made renewable energy sources like wind makes our country more secure. Video of Duckworth's remarks during Perry's confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Duckworth: Commerce Secretary Nominee Should Crack Down on Unfair Trade Practices & Steel Dumping to Protect American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - After sharing the story of 2,000 Illinois workers being laid off due to illegal Chinese steel dumping, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed the need to crack down on unfair trade practices like currency manipulation and illegal dumping to protect American workers with the nominee to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. Ross committed to Duckworth that he would swiftly prosecute violations of international trade laws during their … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Duckworth: I’ve Already Been to A War Fought Over Oil, EPA Head Must Keep America on Path Toward Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today grilled the nominee to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, over his previous positions and contradictory statements about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which helps decrease our nation's reliance on foreign oil by requiring the use of home-grown fuel sources like biofuels, including corn-based ethanol, in gasoline. Video of Duckworth's questions at Pruitt's … Continue Reading


January 16, 2017

Duckworth Honors Dr. King’s Legacy of Service by Participating in City Year’s Day of Service to Improve Chicago Schools

CHICAGO, IL - Senator Tammy Duckworth commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by joining community leaders and City Year Chicago members donating their time to create a more welcoming environment at Curie High School in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago. The Senator, who has made community service a hallmark of her public life, spent the morning with City Year members working to beautify schools with inspirational and motivational murals and paintings. A photo of the Senator working … Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Duckworth Reacts to Department of Justice’s Report on Chicago Police Department Institutional Misconduct

CHICAGO, IL- In response to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) report on its investigation into Chicago Police Department patterns and practices, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Attorney General Lynch confirmed today in troubling detail that the Chicago Police Department has deprived Chicagoans of their constitutional rights and engaged in patterns of racial bias and excessive--even needless--use of force far too frequently for far too long. I appreciate the … Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Senator Duckworth Discusses Illinois Infrastructure Priorities With Transportation Secretary Nominee Elaine Chao

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) questioned Transportation Secretary nominee Elaine Chao during Chao's confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation. The hearing was Duckworth's first as a Senator. Duckworth reiterated her commitment to working with Secretary Chao, if she is confirmed, to support infrastructure projects and create good-paying jobs across Illinois that cannot be outsourced. Video of Duckworth's remarks is … Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Duckworth: Eroding Civilian Leadership of Our Armed Forces Is a Dangerous Precedent

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, issued the following statement after voting against a measure that further erodes the legal requirements set in place to ensure civilian leadership of-and superiority over-our nation's military: "One of the foundational principles of our country-a principle I've risked my life to defend-is civilian control of the military. As a combat Veteran, I am disappointed that the legal … Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Senator Duckworth Meets with Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Governor Rick Perry, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, yesterday. As a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senator Duckworth will question the Governor at his upcoming confirmation hearing. "In Iraq, I saw firsthand the painful price this nation and her military heroes pay because of our reliance on foreign oil," said Senator Duckworth. "I know that increasing production of … Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Duckworth: When Your Coverage Is Cut and Your Costs Skyrocket, Think Back to This Vote

During late night Senate session, Duckworth worked to protect Veterans and working mothers from healthcare cost increases & reduced coverage WASHINGTON, DC- After voting against legislation that could strip protections and health benefits hardworking Illinoisans rely on, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth issued the following statement: "When I was sworn in as a U.S. Senator last week, I wanted to get to work-with people on both sides of the aisle-enacting policies that help hardworking … Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Tammy Duckworth Statement on the Nomination of Dr. David Shulkin to be VA Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces and still receives her own healthcare services through the VA, issued the following statement regarding Dr. David Shulkin's nomination to be the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. A photo of Senator Duckworth meeting with Dr. Shulkin and current VA Secretary Bob McDonald last year when she was a Congresswoman is available … Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Senator Duckworth Meets with Defense Secretary Nominee General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with General James Mattis, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, yesterday and issued the statement below. Duckworth, a combat Veteran who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, has been outspoken in support of the bedrock American principle of a civilian-led military. Photographs and b-roll of their meeting can be accessed here. "Though I've made my concerns clear about eroding the civilian leadership or our … Continue Reading

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