Press Releases

June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $18.9 Million for Healthcare Providers in Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $18.9 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants. The funding will go to 15 providers throughout Illinois to invest in groundbreaking research, improved care, and efforts to reduce tobacco use. "By helping increase biomedical research, we can help deliver real public health results for Illinois families," Duckworth said. "I will keep working with … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Funds for Metra

[CHICAGO, IL]- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $500,000 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding awarded to Metra by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Route Planning Restoration Program to help the transit agency continue to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thanks to the efforts of Democrats, Metra will have more resources to improve services, protect jobs for working Illinoisans and get folks to where they're … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $21.2 Million For Head Start Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development. The funding, awarded by the HHS Administration for Children and Families, will go to five organizations across Illinois. "Head Start and Early Head Start … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

In Taiwan, Duckworth Celebrates New Biden Administration Effort to Strengthen Economic Ties

[TAIPEI, TAIWAN] - During an official visit to Taipei focused on strengthening economic ties this week, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth celebrated the Biden Administration's newly-announced effort to increase and strengthen our nation's trade relationship with Taiwan. After discussing the new efforts with Taiwan Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, Duckworth issued the following statement: "I was so proud to represent the United States in Taiwan as we announced this important effort to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Notice Inviting Applications for FY22 Open Textbooks Pilot Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has placed a notice inviting applications for new awards for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) for the Open Textbook Pilot program. The deadline to submit applications is July 25, 2022. "Those of us who weren't always sure we'd be able to go to college understand the power of a diploma and the importance of financial help," Duckworth said. "We … Continue Reading


May 28, 2022

Duckworth Pays Tribute to Fallen Servicemembers at Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

[CHICAGO IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today paid tribute to our nation's fallen servicemembers at the City of Chicago's wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day. Duckworth joined City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Veterans and servicemembers to honor local Gold Star families and remember loved ones who were killed in the line of duty. Photos of today's event are available here. "Wars are not fought by faceless, nameless troops," Duckworth said. … Continue Reading


May 27, 2022

Duckworth Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Taiwan’s Security in Light of China’s Provocation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland, is introducing the bipartisan Strengthen Taiwan's Security Act to better support an important strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region. Her bill would assess opportunities to deliver lethal aid to Taiwan, enhance Taiwan's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets and increase needed prepositioned stocks in the region. This legislation … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Duckworth, Casten, Crow Introduce Bill to Support Defense Department’s Clean Energy Goals, Helping Keep Our Troops Safe

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland, today introduced legislation that would help protect our troops abroad by transitioning the Department of Defense away from fossil fuels, the transportation of which in combat zones contributes to a significant number of U.S. casualties, and towards clean energy. The Depend on Domestic Clean Energy Act will provide the Department of Defense with the … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Duckworth Meets with SBA Region V Administrator Geri S. Aglipay to Discuss the Importance of Leveling Playing Field for All Illinois Business Owners

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today held a virtual meeting with Geri Aglipay, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region V Administrator to discuss how they're working to help eliminate hurdles for Black, Latinx, Asian American, women and other underrepresented Illinoisans looking to form and grow their small businesses. Today's meeting comes as Duckworth's bipartisan … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Duckworth, Cornyn Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing Bipartisan Bill to Support Families of Public Safety Officers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary for passing their bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act to support the families of officers who struggle with their mental health or who are lost to trauma-linked suicides. The House companion to this legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week. "It's a tragedy that the families of the police officers and first responders … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

In Wake of Uvalde Massacre, Duckworth Pleads with Colleagues to Save Children’s Lives By Suspending Filibuster Rule and Passing Commonsense Gun Safety Reforms

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - One day after 19 children and two teachers were murdered in yet another preventable school shooting, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) came to the Senate floor to beg her colleagues to suspend the chamber's filibuster rule to pass overdue, obvious and commonsense gun safety legislation that the majority of Americans support and that could prevent countless future massacres. A mother of two daughters, Duckworth spoke of the fear that parents across the country experience every … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Duckworth Calls on CDC to Protect Infant Lives by Tracking Cronobacter Infections

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky to protect infant lives by adding Cronobacter infections in infants to the list of national notifiable conditions tracked through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). According to the CDC, most hospitals and laboratories are not required to report Cronobacter infections to public health departments, and this results in a likely … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Duckworth Meets with FTC Chair to Discuss Inquiry into Causes of Infant Formula Shortages

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan to discuss the FTC's inquire into the infant formula shortage. This inquiry comes shortly after Duckworth urged the FTC launch a wide-ranging study of the infant formula industry. Specifically, Duckworth called in her request for an inquiry examining how that market's composition, along with the behavior and business practices of market participants, affect competition, … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Duckworth Applauds FTC’s New Inquiry into Causes of Infant Formula Shortages

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after Lina Khan, Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced the start of an inquiry into the infant formula shortage. This announcement comes shortly after Duckworth sent the FTC a letter requesting the FTC conduct a Section 6(b) wide-ranging study of the infant formula industry. Specifically, Duckworth is asking the inquiry examines how that market's composition, along with the behavior and … Continue Reading


May 24, 2022

Duckworth, Carper, Booker Statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment to Environmental Justice Stakeholders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), co-founders of the U.S. Senate's Environmental Justice Caucus (EJC), released the following statement on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) efforts to respond to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)'s May 2021 report that provided recommendations on Justice40, Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool and Executive Order 12898 Revisions. "At the … Continue Reading


May 24, 2022

Duckworth After Uvalde School Shooting: Senate Must Suspend Filibuster to Pass Commonsense Gun Safety Reforms, Save Children’s Lives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement in the wake of the today's horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left at least 18 children and one teacher dead. In her statement, the Senator called for a suspension of the Senate's filibuster rule to enable a majority of Senators to pass commonsense gun safety reforms that widespread majorities of Americans support to save lives. "What happened in Texas today is every parent's nightmare. I'm … Continue Reading


May 21, 2022

Duckworth Delivers Commencement Address to Harper College’s Class of 2022

[PALATINE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2022 at William Rainer Harper Community College. For the College's first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, Duckworth reflected on the determination and hard work of today's graduates and stressed the importance of service in all forms for graduates as they move through the next phase in their lives. Photos from today's ceremony are available here. Key quotes: "Our country … Continue Reading


May 20, 2022

Duckworth, Colleagues Call for GAO Study into the Barriers Americans with Disabilities Face Accessing Healthcare

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led 5 of her colleagues in sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency conduct a comprehensive, wide-ranging study into the persisting barriers that Americans with disabilities of all backgrounds experience in accessing healthcare, including access to medical treatment, services, equipment and more. Along with Duckworth, this letter was cosigned by U.S. Senator and Chair of the U.S. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Failed Vote to Bring Critical Relief to Small Businesses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the passage of the Small Business COVID Relief Act, which failed on a vote of 52-43. This legislation would have provided critical relief to restaurants, live event venues and other small businesses, including fitness facilities as a result of the legislation including provisions of the … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Duckworth and Cornyn Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act, which would support the families of officers who struggle with their mental health or who are lost to trauma-linked suicides. As passed, the House bill includes provisions stemming from Duckworth and Cornyn's Senate version that reflect engagement with advocates, the U.S. Department of Justice, … Continue Reading

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