Press Releases

May 20, 2021

Duckworth, Collins, Underwood Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Preventive Healthcare More Affordable for Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to make healthcare more affordable for America's Veterans. Their Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness Act would stop forcing our nation's Veterans to pay out-of-pocket costs for essential preventive health medications and prescription drugs-such as vitamin supplements, certain breast cancer prevention medicines, tobacco cessation products … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Duckworth Applauds President Biden Signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Into Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After a year of rising anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination against the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and others at the White House as President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. Duckworth helped U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduce this legislation in the Senate, … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $105 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois has been awarded nearly $105 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to help communities grappling with mental health and addiction challenges that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Department of Human Services will receive $54.7 million in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding and $50.2 million in Community … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Duckworth, Murphy and Bennet Lead Call for Biden Administration to Address Discriminatory and Punitive Discipline Practices in Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) led nine of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to address discriminatory and punitive school disciplinary measures. In a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Senators asked the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to strengthen guidance on nondiscriminatory school discipline and advise … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Duckworth, Cornyn, Garamendi, Babin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Investments in Airport Modernization Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve airport infrastructure by allowing airport projects to access cheaper public capital financing. The TIFIA for Airports Act would expand eligibility for Transportation and Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit assistance to state and local airport projects-including passenger terminals, runways and related facilities-a change that would improve and … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $12 Million for MidAmerica Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Scott Air Force Base/MidAmerica Airport has been awarded $12.6 million in federal grant funding to support the final phase of the airport's terminal expansion project. The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and federal COVID-19 relief packages. "MidAmerica Airport is an important economic engine for the Metro East, and investments in … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Duckworth Meets With Nominee To Be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met virtually with Rohit Chopra, President Biden's nominee to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They discussed their shared priorities, consumer protection for servicemembers and military families as well as addressing racial justice in our consumer protection strategy. "It is past time for us to restore the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's central mission of protecting consumers, and Rohit Chopra is … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin and Carper Call on EPA to Address Recommendations from OIG Report on Ethylene Oxide Management

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Carper (D-DE), Chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address, develop and implement recommendations from a recent EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. The report detailed the Trump Administration's delayed risk communication and interference in protecting community members in Willowbrook and Waukegan, Illinois, … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth Meets with FTA Administrator Nominee Nuria Fernandez, Discusses Bill to Help Ensure Accessibility on Public Transit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), today met virtually with Nuria Fernandez, President Biden's nominee for Federal Transit Administrator and discussed Duckworth's newly-introduced All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, legislation that would help accelerate initiatives to make public transportation systems accessible to passengers with disabilities. The two also discussed President Biden's American Jobs Plan which, if passed, would allocate $110 billion to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Postal Service Leadership with President Biden’s Selections for Postal Board of Governors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with President Biden's three selections for vacancies on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors-Ronald Stroman, Anton Hajjar and Amber McReynolds-to discuss restoring USPS service standards and rebuilding public trust in a critical federal agency that is enshrined in the Constitution. McReynolds is originally from Kewanee, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth Joins Rosen and Ernst in Introducing Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand Child Care Availability

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) in introducing the Small Business Child Care Investment Act. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation would make non-profit child care providers that are small businesses eligible to participate in all loan programs available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) - the same opportunity currently provided to for-profit providers - to help increase the availability … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth, Brown and Casey Introduce Legislation to Make Public Transit More Accessible

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chair Bob Casey (D-PA), today introduced legislation to help make public transportation systems more accessible to passengers with disabilities. The All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021 would establish a federal grant program to support legacy transit and commuter rail authorities … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $200,000 for Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $202,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to help the region develop a COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. As the region works to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, this investment will help the Chamber secure economic growth opportunities and … Continue Reading


May 16, 2021

Duckworth Joins Ossoff, 27 Senators In Urging Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and a group of 27 Senators in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence. Duckworth and Ossoff are joined by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Will County and Waukegan Officials, Highlights Local Wins in American Rescue Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held virtual meetings with newly-elected Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor and several Will County officials to discuss transportation, infrastructure, housing and efforts to strengthen their local economies. These meetings come after Duckworth helped secure more than $19 million in federal funding to Waukegan and more than $134 million in federal funding to Will County as a result of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, a critical relief plan … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Restaurant Recovery with Illinois Restaurant Association Members

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with members from the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) to discuss how restaurants across Illinois are recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19. As part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, Duckworth helped secure more than $28 billion in relief for the restaurant industry through a newly-created restaurant revitalization fund program at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Duckworth was … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Will County and Waukegan Officials, Highlights Local Wins in American Rescue Plan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held virtual meetings with newly-elected Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor and several Will County officials to discuss transportation, infrastructure, housing and efforts to strengthen their local economies. These meetings come after Duckworth helped secure more than $19 million in federal funding to Waukegan and more than $134 million in federal funding to Will County as a result of President Biden's American Rescue Plan, a critical relief plan … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth Helps Luján Secure Bipartisan Amendment to Invest $17 Billion in National Laboratories and DOE Facilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) helped U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) lead the passage of an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act in the executive session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology (CST) to invest $17 billion in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and User Facilities. The amendment will help support the entire U.S. innovation system to strengthen America's global competitiveness, which includes Fermilab and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Gyms and Fitness Centers Struggling Due to COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) today introduced the bipartisan Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMs) Act to provide much-needed assistance for gyms, fitness facilities and studios that shuttered operations to protect public health during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, but as a consequence, have struggled to stay in business. The bipartisan GYMS Act would … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Duckworth Helps Brown, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Hospital-Based Nursing Schools from Potential Funding Clawbacks during Global Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in introducing new bipartisan legislation during National Nurses Week to make a technical correction to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program that supports the training of nurses and other allied health professionals at hospital-based nursing schools across the country. Due to a technical glitch in how … Continue Reading

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