Press Releases

November 01, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Environmental Justice Priorities with Southeast Environmental Task Force

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), founder and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and Chair of the Environment & Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife joined Chicagoland area environmental justice advocates in a video call Friday to discuss the Senator's environmental justice efforts, including her leadership in ensuring the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Build Back Better budget include significant federal resources to … Continue Reading


October 29, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Chicago-Rockford International Airport Road Construction Pause

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released a statement following the Greater Rockford Airport Authority announcing a pause of planned construction until spring 2022 at Chicago-Rockford International Airport (RFD) amid concerns of disruption to the environment surrounding RFD: "I'm glad to see that the Chicago-Rockford International Airport temporarily paused its proposed expansion project to create the necessary space to facilitate additional stakeholder discussions. I … Continue Reading


October 29, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Workforce Development with Evanston Township High School Officials

[EVANSTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Evanston Township High School (ETHS) leadership and participated in a roundtable to discuss workforce development, alternatives to college and life after high school. Duckworth and the school officials were joined by community college representatives, Evanston city leaders, community partners and local employers. Photos from today's roundtable are available here. "Our nation's high school students should have as many options … Continue Reading


October 28, 2021

Duckworth Files NDAA Amendment to Support U.S. Manufacturing Workers & Strengthen Supply Chain by Enhancing Buy America Provisions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to enhance Buy American requirements, invest in American manufacturing and strengthen the U.S. supply chain. The Senate is expected to take up floor consideration of the FY 22 NDAA in the coming weeks. "When taxpayer dollars are at stake, we should do everything in our power to ensure we are leveraging them to support American workers, … Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Duckworth Highlights Need for Nonpartisan Afghanistan War Commission During Foreign Policy’s “Her Power” Digital Summit

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee, participated in Foreign Policy's "Her Power" Digital Summit to highlight the need for her bill, the Afghanistan War Commission Act of 2021, to establish a nonpartisan, independent commission to examine every aspect of the 20-year war in Afghanistan and report out actionable recommendations … Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Nomination of Gregory Harris to Be Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding the White House's nomination of Gregory Harris to be U.S. Attorney in the Central District of Illinois. "With more than 25 years of experience working in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District, Greg Harris will be ready to hit the ground running on day one. He is exceptionally … Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $3 Million in Telehealth Funding for Illinois Healthcare Providers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that seven Illinois healthcare providers have been awarded a total of $2,977,794 in federal funding to provide telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. These investments were awarded through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program. "Expanding the reach of Illinois's healthcare network is critical to extending reliable and accessible care to more … Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Duckworth Secures Additional Support for a Nonpartisan Afghanistan War Commission During SASC Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured support from Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and Lieutenant General James Mingus, Director for Operations, J3 Joint Staff, for her Afghanistan War Commission Act, a bill that calls for the creation of a comprehensive, nonpartisan commission to examine our nation's 20 years of involvement in Afghanistan. During her remarks, … Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $5.2 Million for Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $5,228,000 in federal loans and grants to help rural communities modernize drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The funding was awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program to five Illinois … Continue Reading


October 22, 2021

Duckworth, Ernst Lead Colleagues in Urging President to Honor Trailblazing Brigadier General Vaught with Medal of Freedom

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), along with U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), a retired lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, led 18 of their female Senate colleagues today in sending a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to honor Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, a retired Veteran of the U.S. Air … Continue Reading


October 21, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Gillibrand and Colleagues in Calling on Congressional Leadership and Biden Administration to Prioritize Comprehensive National Paid Leave Program in Build Back Better Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sending a letter to President Biden, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) to reinforce the critical need for the inclusion of a federal paid family and medical leave program in Build Back Better legislation currently being negotiated in Congress. "We urge you to include a national … Continue Reading


October 21, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Gillibrand and Colleagues in Calling on Congressional Leadership and Biden Administration to Prioritize Comprehensive National Paid Leave Program in Build Back Better Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sending a letter to President Biden, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) to reinforce the critical need for the inclusion of a federal paid family and medical leave program in Build Back Better legislation currently being negotiated in Congress. "We urge you to include a national … Continue Reading


October 21, 2021

Duckworth Re-introduces Bill to Increase Investments in Liver Cancer Research & Raise Awareness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today re-introduced legislation to increase federal support for liver cancer research and help make life-saving preventive and treatment services more accessible to people all across the country. The Liver Illness Visibility, Education and Research (LIVER) Act would boost funding for liver cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $45 million and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by $90 million … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

After Sugar Camp Mine Fire, Duckworth Stresses Importance of Regulating Toxic “Forever Chemicals” to Keep Communities Safe

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), founder and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and Chair of the Environment & Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife today highlighted how President Biden's Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which includes Duckworth's bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) and billions in water infrastructure funding that Duckworth helped secure, … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Duckworth Statement in Response to Republicans Blocking the Freedom to Vote Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the Freedom to Vote Act from moving forward: "Let's be clear: voting rights are under threat in states across our nation because Republicans would rather tie themselves to the Big Lie than work together to protect and expand the right of every American to vote. "The Freedom to Vote Act was an opportunity to give every American the confidence that they could cast their … Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

Duckworth Praises Biden EPA Crackdown on Harmful PFAS “Forever Chemicals”

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), founder and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and Chair of the Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Water, today issued the following statement in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to confront per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination nationwide. "After the recent use of PFAS in an attempt to put out the Sugar Camp Mine fire in … Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

Duckworth, Blackburn, Casey Urge CMS to Cover Power Wheelchairs Under Medicare

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to request that CMS act swiftly to provide Medicare coverage of standing and seat elevation systems embedded in power wheelchairs. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities are forced to pay out of pocket for this life-changing durable medical equipment that empowers power wheelchair … Continue Reading


October 15, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Efforts to Protect AANHPI Community During Illinois Holocaust Museum Anti-Hate Event

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) last night discussed her work to address the rise in violence against the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community as part of the Illinois Holocaust Museum's "Combating Anti-AAPI Hate: Building a Foundation for Change" event. Duckworth was in conversation with Ester Hurh, Board President of KAN-WIN, the Chicago-based organization that works to eradicate gender-based violence across Asian American … Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Duckworth at WH Event with VP Harris: Congress Must Invest in Working Families & Care Workforce to Build Back Better

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today participated in a virtual #CareCantWait roundtable with Vice President Kamala Harris, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-Jen Poo and four Americans with experience in caregiving. Duckworth, Harris and Poo discussed the urgent need to invest in care policies such as the child tax credit, home and community-based services (HCBS), child care and paid family leave. Video of the event can be … Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Duckworth’s Bipartisan Protecting Moms Who Served Act Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) that would help address the maternal mortality crisis among women Veterans passed the U.S. Senate yesterday and is now headed to the U.S. House of Representatives. Protecting Moms Who Served Act would commission the first-ever comprehensive study on the scope of America's maternal health crisis among women Veterans-with a … Continue Reading

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