Press Releases

July 27, 2021

Duckworth Discusses GOP Efforts to Restrict Americans Voting Rights with Texas State Representatives

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with Gene Wu, Texas State Representative for the 137th District, Vikki Goodwin, Texas State Representative for the 47th District, Shane Thierry, Texas State Representative for the 146th District and members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus Delegation about the need to pass federal legislation to protect voting rights. They also discussed the impact of voter suppression bills and efforts from Republicans … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Illinois House Speaker Welch to Discuss Working Together for Illinoisans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch to discuss their shared priorities to help working families across Illinois. Duckworth and Welch discussed the importance of American Rescue Plan funding for state and local governments across the state as well as the need for federal infrastructure funding for Illinois. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "As our state and local governments work to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

After ADA’s 31st Birthday, Duckworth Re-Introduces Bill to Strengthen the Landmark Civil Rights Law & Help More Small Businesses Become Accessible

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) re-introduced legislation today to make it easier for small businesses to comply with the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and become accessible for people with disabilities. Duckworth's Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act of 2021 bolsters the existing Disabled Access Credit (DAC), which helps businesses pay for renovations by doubling the maximum tax credit and allowing more small businesses to receive it. Her legislation … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Duckworth, 75 Members Request Immediate Guidance for States to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with U.S. Representatives Robin L. Kelly (D-IL-02), Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03) led a bipartisan group of 14 Senators and 62 House Members in writing to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to request that CMS take immediate steps to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Duckworth Joins Warnock in Calling on Congress to Reimburse National Guard & U.S. Capitol Police after January 6th Insurrection, Improve Efforts to Protect Afghan Interpreters who Helped US Troops

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter to Senate leadership and the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) to urge their colleagues to allocate necessary supplemental funds to the National Guard and U.S. Capitol Police to cover the unanticipated costs associated with responding to the January 6th insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. The lawmakers also requested their … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Duckworth Meets With Carlos Del Toro, Nominee to be Secretary of the Navy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with President Biden's nominee to be Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro. Duckworth and Del Toro discussed multiple important issues, including the importance of unmanned systems integration, ensuring we have the strategic logistics capacity for a credible defense and utilizing U.S. Navy capabilities to build partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region. "I had a great discussion with Mr. Del Toro-who brings an … Continue Reading

July 26, 2021

Duckworth Secures Critical NDAA Provision to Protect C-130 Aircraft Fleet and Support Illinois National Guard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), as part of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) with a bipartisan vote of 23-3, secured a provision that would establish a minimum inventory for C-130 fleet. The Duckworth-authored provision would mandate a minimum total aircraft inventory of 292 C-130s for the Air Force, ensuring that the Air Force has sufficient capacity to carry out critical … Continue Reading

July 26, 2021

Duckworth and Durbin Join Murray and Underwood in Re-introducing Legislation to Protect Women’s Retirement Security

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) in re-introducing the Women's Retirement Protection Act of 2021 (WRPA), legislation to address the retirement gap and bolster women's financial security. The reintroduction comes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis that have disproportionately impacted women, particularly women of color-with a recent survey … Continue Reading

July 26, 2021

On ADA’s 31st Anniversary, Duckworth Speaks at FDR Memorial Wreath Laying and Calls for Accessibility and Inclusion

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As our nation marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as well as members of the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee's Advisory Board at the FDR Memorial to honor President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's leadership as the first known United States President with a significant physical disability and highlight the importance of disability representation … Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge SBA to Support State’s Request for McLean County Disaster Declaration

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman supporting Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for a Disaster Declaration for McLean County in Illinois as a result of severe flooding that occurred last month. Severe storms caused up to 10 inches of flooding in McLean County. The damage assessment conducted this month by the SBA found that … Continue Reading

July 22, 2021

Duckworth Announces U.S. Commitment of 1.5 Million American Vaccine Doses to Thailand as Part of Biden Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced today that the United States has committed to sending at least 1.5 million American COVID-19 vaccine doses to Thailand. The Senator also personally delivered this news to Thai Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Manasvi Srisodapol, on a call this week. Duckworth lived in Thailand as a child before serving in the United States Reserve Forces for 23 years. She is now a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and … Continue Reading

July 22, 2021

Duckworth Secures Provisions to Support Servicemembers and Enhance Military Modernization Efforts in Committee-Passed 2022 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed SASC on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 23-3. The FY2022 NDAA, which is now set to be considered by the full U.S. Senate, authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Defense … Continue Reading

July 22, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Environmental Justice Issues During EPW Hearing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - During a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice and Regulatory Oversight hearing today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the first-ever U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, discussed the issues adversely impacting environmental justice communities. Duckworth raised concerns about our nation's crumbling water infrastructure, the need to increase … Continue Reading

July 21, 2021

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works' (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water & Wildlife that has jurisdiction over the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and author of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA)-which passed the Senate by a vote of 89-2 in April 2021-issued the following statement after Senate Republicans voted against proceeding to consideration of a … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth Applauds White House’s Justice40 Interim Guidance Prioritizing Environmental Justice Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the U.S. Senate's first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, today issued the following statement after the White House Council on Environmental Quality issued the Justice40 Initiative's Interim Guidance for all federal agencies: "For generations our most toxic, polluting industries have been located next door to Black, Brown, Indigenous and low-income communities at the expense of their health, and these communities have … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth, Pressley Introduce Bill to Support Families Experiencing Pregnancy Loss, Invest in Research

Bicameral Bill Would Shine Light on Pregnancy Loss, Increase Access to Resources, Workforce Supports and Patient-Centered Care [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today introduced legislation to raise awareness about pregnancy loss and establish new paid leave benefits for workers experiencing painful challenges while seeking to grow their family. The Support Through Loss Act would support those experiencing the loss of a … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Foster Announce New Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today announced $400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to the Aurora-based and Black woman-founded Strategic Exceptions Professional Consulting for the operation of a MBDA Business Center in Illinois. The Center will help Illinoisans bring greater economic opportunities to their communities by … Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Forest Service to Review Shawnee National Forest for Wilderness Designation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service requesting that the lands of the Shawnee National Forest be reviewed to determine if areas of the forest meet the requirements to be considered for wilderness protection. U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and U.S. Representative John Curtis (R-UT-03) introduced the Shawnee Wilderness Designation Act earlier this year, which would protect all … Continue Reading

July 19, 2021

Duckworth Leads Senate Colleagues in Calling for $15 Billion Investment in Reconciliation to Fix Substandard Military Childcare Facilities and Barracks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led seven of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY-03) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) drawing attention to the dilapidated state of military child development centers and barracks and calling for a transformational $15 billion investment as part of the forthcoming budget reconciliation package. U.S. Representatives Jackie Speier … Continue Reading

July 16, 2021

Duckworth Raises Frerichs Case in Call with Secretary of State Blinken

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today issued the following statement after speaking with Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the importance of securing the safe return of her constituent Mark Frerichs, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy who was abducted in Kabul in early 2020. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee. "I had a frank … Continue Reading

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