Press Releases

September 26, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin Call on Congress to Immediately Provide Disaster Assistance for Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 9 of their colleagues in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan urging them to take immediate action on disaster relief legislation for 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 by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the U.S. … Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Status of Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following an announcement that the Senate will not vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "This is the result of so many Americans speaking up and letting Senate Republicans know that it is unacceptable to rush through legislation that would rob millions of their health insurance. I urge my Republican colleagues to set Trumpcare aside and finally leave this … Continue Reading

September 24, 2017

Duckworth & Durbin to President: Do More to Address Crisis in Cairo, Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are asking President Trump to form a Cabinet-level task force to address the housing, health and economic crises in Cairo, Illinois. In calling for the new task force focused on Cairo, the Senators highlighted that because the Federal government played a significant role in the city's economic decline, it should also play an active role in its revival and recovery. "Cairo was once home to bustling … Continue Reading

September 24, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump’s Indefinite Discriminatory Travel Ban

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to President Trump's latest illogical and discriminatory travel ban, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "It's disappointing to see President Trump continue his discriminatory attempts to ban people from our country because of their religion. As the daughter of an immigrant, I know firsthand how immigrants make our country a better place. Turning people away simply because of the place they were born or the religion they … Continue Reading

September 21, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Local Homelessness and Housing Organizations Roundtable

[CHICAGO, IL] -U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable where she heard from homelessness advocates and local housing leaders, yesterday. Duckworth discussed the President's proposed cuts to eliminate U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) funding and slash the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget. A photo of the discussion is available here. "USICH and HUD do important work to fight homelessness, but the ACA is also a critical component … Continue Reading

September 21, 2017

Duckworth Meets with Federal Highway Administration Nominee Paul Trombino

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Paul Trombino, the President's nominee to be the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this week. As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Duckworth will participate in Mr. Trombino's anticipated confirmation hearing on October 5. A photograph of the meeting is available here. "I spoke with Mr. Trombino about our nation's roads and highways to ensure that they remain safe and … Continue Reading

September 21, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $100 Million in Federal Funding to Upgrade Public Transit in Chicago

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $100 million in federal funding to support the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program and improve accessibility and safety on CTA public transit. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Capital Investment Program (CIP), which provides roughly $2.3 billion each year to support light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar and bus … Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Duckworth: Investments in Workforce Development Key to Growing Good-Paying Illinois Jobs

[PARK FOREST, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted her efforts to support workforce development programs throughout Illinois at a roundtable today with community leaders from the greater Chicago area. Duckworth discussed her Community College to Career Fund (CC2C) Act, which would encourage collaboration between small businesses and community colleges to develop workforce training programs and curricula that reduce the "skills gap" that makes it harder for graduates to find … Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement in Opposition to Graham-Cassidy-Heller Healthcare Plan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller healthcare bill, which Senate Republicans just announced they intend to bring up for a vote next week: "It's a shame that Senate Republicans have abandoned bipartisan efforts to improve our healthcare system and are once again trying to rush through legislation to overhaul one-fifth of our economy before the American people have even had a chance to look at it. Like … Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

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

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The Senate tonight overwhelmingly passed four proposals authored by combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If the NDAA - which passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 89-8 - becomes law, Duckworth's provisions will help prevent low-income Servicemembers from going hungry, make it easier for small businesses to get Department of Defense contracts, make government federal contracting … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Duckworth Champions Voting Rights Expansion Amid Attacks on the Right to Vote

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) criticized the Trump Administration's efforts to disenfranchise American citizens and reiterated her call for Congress to strengthen voting rights by passing the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE Act), which she recently introduced to help reduce the barriers to voting for young Americans. "President Trump's so-called 'election integrity' commission has led an unprecedented attack on our voting rights by manufacturing … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

After Meeting with Mother of Murdered Chicago Trafficking Victim, Duckworth Calls on Congress to Help Stop Child Sex Trafficking

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After meeting with the mother of slain Chicago child sex trafficking victim Desiree Robinson, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today called on Congress to do more to address sex trafficking and protect victims by providing law enforcement and prosecutors with additional tools they need to effectively prosecute offenders and traffickers. At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing this morning, Duckworth highlighted her support for the Stop … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Duckworth Amendment to Help Prevent Troops from Going Hungry Passes Senate as Part of NDAA

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-IL) amendment to address food insecurity among active duty Servicemembers and help prevent troops from going hungry passed the Senate today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Duckworth, who relied on food stamps as a teenager before serving for 23 years in the Reserve Forces, proposed her amendment requiring the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to finally begin collecting data on Servicemembers … Continue Reading

September 17, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin, Grassley, Ernst NDAA Amendment Will Help Ensure Long Term Success of Rock Island Arsenal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), filed a bipartisan amendment, which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that will help reduce government waste and ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal. The senators' bipartisan amendment will ensure the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) first seeks out existing government owned … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Ensure Families Have Access to Affordable, Quality Child Care

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to help ensure low- and middle-income American families have access to affordable and high-quality child care. Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Duckworth Welcomes Servicemembers and Veterans as New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today welcomed nine Servicemembers and Veterans to our country for the first time as citizens and highlighted the value of civilian and military service at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony. A photo of the event is available here. "For you to step forward even before you became citizens to defend the values enshrined in the Constitution is the courage that makes our military and country stronger," … Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

With Application Deadline Approaching, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications for U.S. Military Service Academies

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reiterated her call to have Illinois high school students interested in attending one of the four U.S. Military Service Academies submit their applications to her office before the Friday, September 29 deadline. Each year the Senator, along with a panel of judges, selects from the applicants a group of outstanding Illinois students to receive Congressional nominations to attend West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy or the … Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Effort to Ensure Public Debate on a New Authorization for the Use of Military Force

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After voting to continue debate on the need to provide our troops with clear guidance and legal authority for their operations with a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Since Congress passed the current Authorization for the Use of Military Force in 2001, the war on terror and the nature of conflict has changed. The leadership of our country and our … Continue Reading

September 11, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Advancement of House Bill That Would Undermine Key ADA Protections

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today in response to the House Judiciary Committee's advancement of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), a bill that would undermine protections included in the Americans with Disabilities Act: "27 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land, the notion that businesses in this country need more time to provide people with disabilities access to their services … Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Duckworth, Van Hollen, Beyer and Ellison Introduce Legislation to Support Civic Participation and Strengthen Voting Rights

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act today to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens' participation in their democratic process. The PROVE Act would enable citizens who are 16 and older to preregister to be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) also introduced companion … Continue Reading

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