Press Releases

October 05, 2017

Duckworth to Trump Nominee Dourson Who Helped Koch Industries Skirt Environmental Protections in Chicago: You Shouldn’t Work at the EPA

[WASHIGNTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) criticized President Trump's nominee to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator, Dr. Michael Dourson, this week for writing faux-scientific reports intended to undermine real science. One of those reports included a Koch Industries-funded study claiming that exposure to petroleum coke (petcoke) is safe. Though the EPA recognizes petcoke as a dangerous toxin, Dourson's "research" was used by Koch Industries to … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Senate Commerce Committee Unanimously Passes Several Duckworth Amendments to Help Make Self-Driving Vehicles Safer, Smarter & More Efficient

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously passed four proposals authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to help make self-driving vehicles safer and more efficient and improve public understanding of autonomous vehicle technology. Duckworth's amendments were included in the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act, which will help advance the development of self-driving vehicles and revolutionize … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Co-Sponsor Bill to Close Automatic Weapons Loophole

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), are co-sponsoring Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)'s legislation to close a loophole exploited by the Las Vegas shooter that allows firearms to be fired at the rate of automatic weapons, which have been illegal for more than 30 years. The Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks and … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin, Announce More Than $150,000 in Federal Funding to Expand Campus Child Care and Help Student Parents Graduate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $163,758 in federal funding to help expand campus child care at College of Lake Country in Grayslake and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. The funding, which comes through the U.S. Department of Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) program, will also help improve graduation rates for student parents, who make up more than one quarter of all … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $2 Million to Improve Peoria’s Airport Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $1,967,710 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding to help improve the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Today's funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which provides grants to public agencies, private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Duckworth: Congress Must Pass DREAM Act & Protect DACA Recipients

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke at a Capitol Hill rally today with several of her female colleagues to urge Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 immediately and shield the 800,000 DACA recipients, including 42,000 in Illinois, from deportation. Video of Duckworth's remarks is available upon request and photos are available online here and here. "I am a daughter of the American Revolution. My ancestors fought for the liberty of this nation ... I'm also a … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

New Duckworth-Schneider STRANDED Act Would Help Communities with Stranded Nuclear Waste

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act today to help communities struggling with the impacts of stranded nuclear waste. Their bicameral legislation would create grants to incentivize economic development and provide federal assistance to offset the economic impacts of stranded nuclear waste for the dozens of communities … Continue Reading


October 01, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $19 Million to Improve O’Hare and Midway Airports

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $19,723,914 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding to help improve O'Hare and Midway Airports. Today's funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which provides grants to public agencies, private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated … Continue Reading


October 01, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Improve the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a total of $1,287,462 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding to help improve the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Today's funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which provides grants to public agencies, private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of … Continue Reading


September 30, 2017

Duckworth, Schneider Announce Federal Legislation to Help Communities with Stranded Nuclear Waste

[ZION, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) today joined Zion Mayor Al Hill to announce the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act. This new legislation aims to address the impacts of stranded nuclear waste by incentivizing economic development and providing federal assistance for communities like Zion. The Zion Nuclear Power Station that is located on valuable lakefront property has … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $4 Million to Help Domestic Violence Victims, Reduce Recidivism and Improve Law Enforcement Training

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $4,130,886 in federal funding to help Illinois government agencies and community programs assist victims of domestic violence, reduce recidivism through mentoring programs and improve training for law-enforcement officials. Today's funding comes through several different offices of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). "These investments in the Illinois justice system are crucial to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth and Matsui Join Forces to Reduce Hunger and Improve Health Through Community Gardening

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), whose family relied on food stamps in her youth, introduced a resolution today during Hunger Action Month to reduce hunger and improve health around the country by promoting community gardens and the positive impacts they have on local communities. The resolution, if passed, would designate a National Community Gardening Awareness Week during the last week of September to support the gardens nationwide. Congresswoman Doris Matsui … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $42 Million for Head Start Programs Throughout Chicagoland

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $42,437,193 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the greater Chicago area. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in the Chicago area a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $8 Million for Head Start Programs in Metro East

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $8,583,162 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Metro East. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Metro East a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $12 Million for Head Start Programs in Central Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $11,979,331 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Central Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Central Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million for Head Start Programs in Rockford

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $3,213,794 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Rockford, Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Rockford a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and parental … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $4 Million for Head Start Programs in Peoria

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $4,596,792 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Peoria, Illinois. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Peoria a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and parental … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $6 Million for Head Start Programs in Western Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $5,821,199 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Quad Cities. "I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Western Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Duckworth Calls on Disaster Response Agencies to Improve Coordinated Relief Efforts

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted the need for better coordination between disaster response agencies to ensure communities and businesses - including those in rural areas - affected by natural disasters have access to the resources and aid they need to recover. Duckworth also stressed the need for disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are home to more than 3.5 million U.S. citizens, to help them recover from the devastation caused … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump Tax Reform Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following President Trump's announcement on his principles for tax reform, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "I want to work with both Republicans and Democrats to pass tax reform that is comprehensive and helps Illinois's small businesses and middle-class families. Unfortunately, the plan the President unveiled today had different priorities. He would run up the deficit by giving massive tax cuts for large corporations and the … Continue Reading

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