Press Releases

September 03, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Casten, Davis Lead Illinois Delegation In Urging HHS To Expand Use Of University of Illinois’s COVID-19 Saliva-Based Testing Initiative

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL-06) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) today led the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging federal resources to support the expansion of SHIELD T3, an innovative system of COVID-19 testing and tracing, developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In a letter to HHS Secretary … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $25.5 Million For Airport Improvements Around Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $25.5 million in federal funding for airport improvements around Illinois. The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants and will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. "These federal investments at airports across Illinois will go … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Hassan in Urging School Nutrition Program Extension for 2020-21 School Year

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 26 of their Senate colleagues in calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fully extend school meal waivers through the end of the 2020-21 school year so that schools have the flexibility that they need to fully serve students whether or not they are attending school in person. Last week, Duckworth also urged the USDA to make sure these meals are available for … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Van Hollen, Inhofe & Colleagues in Bipartisan Push to Expand Aviation Workforce Training

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee and a former Army Black Hawk pilot, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and a bipartisan group of 28 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging them to fully implement two aviation workforce grant programs authorized in the 2018 FAA … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $11 Million For Community Health Centers Throughout Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $11.5 million in federal grants to support 44 Community Health Centers (CHCs) throughout the state. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health center cluster grant program. "Community Health Centers are on the front lines of this deadly pandemic, helping save lives throughout Illinois and across the country while reducing health … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Duckworth Writes to USDA Urging Reversal of School Meal Decision that Will Add Significant Burdens to Already Strained School Districts in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that it would not continue flexibilities for school districts for food insecure students, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reverse this decision and extend all school meal flexibilities and waivers through 2020-2021 school year. This move by USDA would increase administrative and cost burdens on school districts already strained due to the … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Democratic Colleagues In Blasting Trump Administration’s Constant, Dangerous Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 29 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in writing to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration for their continued political interference in the COVID-19 response. The Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts will erode public trust and hamper efforts to … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Leahy in Announcing New Bill to Restore National Guard Coronavirus Funding at 100 Percent

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in announcing their plans to introduce a bill to restore full federal funding for the National Guard's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "National Guard troops have been serving as frontline workers since the beginning of this pandemic, working to help keep their communities and their nation safe," Duckworth said. "Trump's decision to … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $3 Million in FEMA Reimbursement Funding For COVID-19 Emergency Response in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offset costs related to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal funding was awarded to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for implementing training and other safety measures at assisted-living, nursing, and rehabilitation facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Ensuring … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

GAO Accepts Duckworth Request for an Independent Review into the Army’s SHARP Program

[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, released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) officially accepted her request that the congressional watchdog conduct an independent review of the Army's implementation and effectiveness of its Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program. Duckworth … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $2.4 Million in FEMA Reimbursement Funding For Flooding Recovery

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois has been awarded a total of $2,414,009 in federal funding to offset costs related to the historic flooding that occurred from February 24 to July 3, 2019. The funding, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues To Call On FCC To Bolster Lifeline Program To Keep Students Connected As The School Year Begins

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in leading a group of 22 other Senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost its Lifeline program to keep students connected as millions return to school both virtually and in person. Since 1985, the FCC's Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans and has had bipartisan … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Duckworth Joins Women’s Business Development Center to Discuss Intersection of Gender and Race in Government and Business

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in a fireside chat with the Women's Business Development Council as part of its Raising Up The Vote initiative focusing on gender and racial equality. Duckworth, in conversation with Midway Broadcasting Corporation Chairwoman Melody Spann Cooper, discussed the importance of women of color in leadership roles in both government and business, as well as legislation she's worked on to support women and communities of … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Duckworth Celebrates Women’s Equality Day, Calls for Equity for All Women

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released a statement to commemorate one hundred years since the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a historic move toward voter rights and gender equality in our nation. "On this day 100 years ago, our nation moved one step closer to delivering for all the American promise of liberty and justice. But as much as we recognize the monumental progress of the 19th Amendment, we must also acknowledge it fell far short of … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Duckworth Blasts USDA Student Meal Decision that Will Add Significant Burdens to Already Strained School Districts in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would not continue flexibilities for school districts for food insecure students, increasing administrative and cost burdens on school districts already strained due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current flexibilities and waivers originally included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act have been a lifeline for … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Duckworth Responds to Reports of Russian Aggression Toward U.S. Troops in Syria

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - 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, today reacted to reports that U.S. servicemembers in Syria were injured after an altercation with Russian forces: "I am still waiting for the full details to emerge, but if Russian troops indeed rammed a vehicle with U.S. troops inside it, which resulted in multiple injuries, then that marks an aggressive, … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Senate Democrats Release New Report on Climate Action, Plan to Build Clean Economy for American People

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and other members of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis in releasing a comprehensive report titled "The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People." The new report - which comes after dozens of hearings, meetings, … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Urge USPS To Prioritize Election Mail Ahead Of November General Election

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Illinois State Board of Elections (SBOE) leaders following their call last week to discuss constituent concerns about voting by mail. In the letter, Durbin and Duckworth urged officials to ensure that election mail is processed expeditiously and to immediately enact an official policy to ensure that all vote-by-mail applications and ballots are treated as First-Class … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Duckworth Joins Roundtable on Military Sexual Trauma

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs about military sexual trauma and the work she's doing to prevent sexual assault and harassment in the military. Duckworth was joined by former Ambassador and Distinguished Fellow at the Council, Fay Hartog-Levin. "Sexual assault is a crisis in our nation's military that impacts the lives of far too many women and men in … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Kankakee Mayor about COVID-19 Recovery

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual meeting with Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the city. Duckworth and Wells-Armstrong also spoke about what Kankakee is looking for in a future federal relief package as well as other federal funding opportunities for new potential infrastructure projects in the city. "Our local governments have been hit especially hard during this pandemic," Duckworth said. "Communities … Continue Reading

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