Press Releases

December 14, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Withdrawal of Trump Nominee Michael Dourson

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today after reports surfaced that Dr. Michael Dourson, President Trump's nominee to lead the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, is withdrawing his nomination. Last night, the New York Times published 400 pages of emails revealing he was working on behalf of the chemical industry while being considered for the EPA position. Duckworth has been an outspoken critic of Dourson's … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Military Transgender Ban Court Ruling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a federal court ruling that will allow transgender recruits to enlist in the military beginning on January 1st, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released this statement: "Discrimination has no place in the greatest military on earth. If you are willing to risk your life for our country and can do the job, you should have the opportunity to serve-no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation. I know that our servicemembers, regardless of their … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Senator Al Franken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement calling on Senator Al Franken to resign: "I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken's behavior. He must step aside. To all those across America who have come forward to share their stories over the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in driving this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring. As national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard-and we must lead by … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Help Protect Safe Drinking Water for Rural Communities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $1,194,000 in federal grants today to help make critical water infrastructure improvements in Pana and Erie, Illinois. This funding comes through the Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's office of Rural Development, that allocates funding for projects to help ensure clean and reliable drinking water systems in rural communities. … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Urge Commerce Department to Complete Investigation on Foreign Steel’s Impact on National Security

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Commerce Department to quickly complete its investigation on how foreign-made steel imports impact national security. In the eight months since the Commerce Department launched its investigation, foreign steel imports have surged by 21%, causing further damage to America's steel industry, which has been devastated by unfair trade practices like illegal steel … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Duckworth Statement on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today in response to President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's guilty plea to "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador: "Today's guilty plea by President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn admitting he willfully and knowingly lied to the FBI is extremely troubling-and … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Duckworth: GOP Tax Scam Gives Tax Breaks to Donald Trump's Friends and Family and Force Working Americans to Pay the Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged her colleagues to oppose the Senate Republican Tax Plan that will cut taxes for the ultrawealthy and large corporations while forcing the middle class and our nation's small businesses to foot the bill. Duckworth reiterated the devastating effects this legislation would have on small businesses and shared examples of the disastrous impact the bill's elimination of deductions like the state and local tax (SALT) deduction would … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Duckworth Warns Trump Administration Against Covering Up Report Documenting Illegal Implementation of First Muslim Ban

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With the Trump Administration seemingly poised to cover up its illegal and chaotic implementation of the January Muslim Ban executive order, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on the Administration to release U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General's full report on his investigation into ban's implementation. Her call for the report's release comes just days after the Senator met with DHS Inspector General John Roth to discuss his findings that … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Senate GOP Tax Bill Vote

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting against the GOP tax "plan" written in secret last night with virtually no debate or time for Senators to read the legislative text, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released this statement: "I've long said we need to pass tax reform, but reforms need to focus on helping our nation's small businesses and middle-class families, not Donald Trump's well-connected, ultra-wealthy friends and family. Working Americans and small businesses-not … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Duckworth Statement on RFS Biofuels Announcement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to the EPA's announcement on the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I'm relieved to see the EPA finally taking steps to walk back their earlier efforts to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard, but this is a missed opportunity to further strengthen the RFS program and promote biofuels. The RFS supports thousands of jobs in Illinois … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Senate GOP Tax Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a Senate vote to begin debate on Senate Republicans' tax legislation, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I've long said we need to pass tax reform, but we need to do it a way that's focused on helping Illinois's small businesses and middle-class families, not just Donald Trump's ultra-wealthy friends and family. This 'plan' pays for permanent tax cuts for those who don't need them by sticking working families and … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Infrastructure Investments during Meeting with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit Leadership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) Managing Director Karl Gnadt and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Johnson to discuss the importance of the Illinois Terminal Project, which will expand MTD's intermodal facility and improve existing transit terminals, among other benefits. Duckworth also discussed her efforts to support transportation infrastructure projects and create jobs across Illinois. A photo of today's … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $9 Million to Expand Broadband Access Across South Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $9,413,000 federal grant today to help expand broadband access and speeds across Central Illinois by investing in 264 miles of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Community Connect grant program, which invests in broadband projects in communities where private sector providers do not yet deliver … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $700,000 to Expand Affordable Housing Options for Illinois Families

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $757,623 federal grant today to help low-income families, seniors and Americans living with disabilities access affordable housing options. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), which subsidizes rent for eligible individuals and families who find single-family homes, townhouses and apartments that meet the program's … Continue Reading


November 26, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $2 Million for Head Start Programs in Effingham

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $2,057,957 federal grant today to help children from low-income families access Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation in Effingham, Illinois. This funding comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that allocates funding, technical assistance, strategic … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Respond to DHS IG Finding that Trump Administration Violated Several Court Orders When Implementing Muslim Ban Executive Order

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued a joint statement today after receiving an update on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Inspector General's investigation into the federal government's chaotic and potentially illegal implementation of President Trump's first Muslim ban. The Inspector General's investigation - which was launched following a request from Senators Duckworth, Durbin and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) - found that the … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin React to Illinois State Board of Elections’ Decision to Continue Use of Inaccurate Crosscheck Program

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - In response to the Illinois State Board of Elections' decision to continue to participate in the discriminatory, deeply flawed Interstate Voter Registration Data Crosscheck Program (Crosscheck), U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: "No American voter should ever be improperly disenfranchised because of inaccurate information, which makes the decision by the Illinois State Board of Elections to continue its use … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Respond to DHS IG Finding that Trump Administration Violated Several Court Orders When Implementing Muslim Ban Executive Order

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued a joint statement today after receiving an update on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Inspector General's investigation into the federal government's chaotic and potentially illegal implementation of President Trump's first Muslim ban. The Inspector General's investigation - which was launched following a request from Senators Duckworth, Durbin and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) - found that the … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Duckworth NDAA Provisions to Help Small Businesses, Make Government More Efficient & Prevent Low-Income Servicemembers from Going Hungry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The Senate overwhelmingly passed several proposals authored by combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday to help prevent low-income Servicemembers from going hungry, make it easier for small businesses to get Department of Defense (DOD) contracts, make federal government contracting more efficient, and help ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal. Her provisions, which passed as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Duckworth Helps Break Ground on Metra’s Fox River Bridge Project

[ELGIN, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Metra officials to break ground on the new Fox River Bridge in Elgin, Illinois. When she was in the U.S. House of Representatives, Duckworth led a Congressional coalition in sending a letter of support for the project. Following her letter, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $14 million in federal funding through the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover) grant program for the new double-track … Continue Reading

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