Press Releases

September 06, 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


September 05, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump DACA Announcement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to the Trump administration's announcement that they will rescind DACA, leaving nearly 800,000 DREAMers vulnerable to deportation, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "Make no mistake-this decision is not about 'rule of law,' as Attorney General Sessions claims. This is a gut-wrenching betrayal of American values that leaves nearly 800,000 of our neighbors vulnerable to deportation and tears families and communities … Continue Reading


September 04, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Reports Trump Will Rescind DACA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to reports that President Trump will announce tomorrow that he is rescinding DACA, leaving nearly 800,000 DREAMers vulnerable to deportation, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "If the President makes the heartless and irresponsible decision to rescind DACA, it would be more than another broken promise from a President who is infamous for not keeping his word. The President would be betraying American values, leaving … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Duckworth Urges FBI to Investigate Former Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Potential Violations of Federal Anti-Corruption Law

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is requesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch a criminal investigation into whether former Special Advisor to President Trump Carl Icahn violated federal anti-corruption law by attempting to use his government position to enrich himself by hundreds of millions of dollars. Icahn is a billionaire and longtime Trump supporter who was appointed to a White House position by President Trump but recently resigned under increasing … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a total of $981,573 to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations with the ability to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training in an effort to strengthen the … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

On Overdose Awareness Day, Duckworth Announces Funding to Help Illinoisans Fight Opioid Crisis

[CHICAGO, IL] - On International Overdose Awareness Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced funding to help enable Illinoisans in Chicago to serve their communities by fighting the opioid crisis facing our state. The funding, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) which oversees civilian national service programs like AmeriCorps and others, will be used to support five AmeriCorps VISTA Members - a service program designed to alleviate poverty - to serve … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Illinois Attorney General's Lawsuit to Ensure Comprehensive Reform to Chicago Police Department

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to the Illinois Attorney General's lawsuit against the City of Chicago to ensure the City enacts comprehensive, lasting reform of the Chicago Police Department, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "With the President and Attorney General Sessions' seeming unwillingness to seriously address the culture of bias and mistrust at the Chicago Police Department, I'm pleased that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking action … Continue Reading


August 27, 2017

Duckworth Discusses Economic Development at Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit

[MARION, IL] - Friday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in the Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit where she highlighted the importance of creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity for hardworking families across Illinois through investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and small business development. "If we want to create new economic opportunities for working families, we are going to need to make it easier for local businesses to get off the ground," … Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to President Trump's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "A man who uses the tools of government to discriminate against innocents and deny civil rights does not deserve a presidential pardon. In the wake of Charlottesville, President Trump is continuing to send the wrong message and abandoning his responsibility to unite our divided … Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Reports Trump Administration Directing DOD to Discriminate Against Transgender Servicemembers

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following reports that the White House is sending guidance to the Pentagon directing the Department of Defense to implement President Trump's new discriminatory ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military, U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, … Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Anti-Hunger Programs with Illinois Hunger Coalition

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined representatives of the Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC), a statewide organization dedicated to ending hunger, Tuesday to highlight the importance of anti-hunger initiatives like the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Duckworth also criticized the President's proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides millions of children and families with critical support to curb domestic hunger. A photo of … Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Duckworth Discusses Agricultural Priorities with Illinois Farm Bureau

[BLOOMINGTON, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with members of the Illinois Farm Bureau Wednesday to discuss agricultural priorities and the important role Illinois farmers and ranchers play in both the state and national economies. Duckworth also highlighted the negative impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts to rural development. A photo of the meeting is available here. "I was glad to meet with the Illinois Farm Bureau to hear directly from Illinois farmers about key … Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Duckworth Hears Priorities and Concerns at Latino Policy Forum Roundtable

[CHICAGO, IL] - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participated in a roundtable with community leaders hosted by the Latino Policy Forum, an organization dedicated to transforming public policy through the leadership of the Latino community. The discussion covered a diversity of issues including immigration reform, education, small business development and healthcare. A photo of the roundtable can be found here. "From Gage Park to Pilsen and from Little Village to Humboldt … Continue Reading


August 20, 2017

Duckworth Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After President Trump's address regarding Afghanistan, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Tonight's speech was filled with bluster but devoid of details and raised far more questions than it answered. In failing to outline any serious definition of progress or success, the President is putting our troops and our NATO allies in danger without giving them the certainty they need and deserve from their … Continue Reading


August 20, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Small Business Development Workshop to Promote Regional Economic Growth

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a small business development workshop Tuesday in conjunction with the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) to provide tips, tools and best practices for nearly 75 small business owners. Duckworth also discussed how investments in infrastructure, education and small business development can help create jobs and expand economic opportunities for hardworking families in Illinois. A … Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Duckworth Tours Union Station Ahead of Major Redevelopment Initiative

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) toured Union Station with representatives from Amtrak and Metra to learn about Union Station's Master Redevelopment Plan, which will revitalize Union Station by improving its accessibility to streets and Chicago Transit Authority systems, making the station fully ADA-compliant and increasing the station's capacity. A photo of the tour can be found here. "For nearly 100 years, Union Station has been a critical transportation center and … Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a total of $2,211,612 to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations with the ability to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training in an effort to strengthen … Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Duckworth: New Report Confirms Trump’s Sabotage of Healthcare System Would Cause Premiums to Skyrocket & Add Billions to Deficit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After a non-partisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that healthcare premiums would rise by 20 percent next year and the federal budget deficit would increase by nearly $200 billion if President Trump carries out his threat to sabotage the American healthcare system by ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that help keep premiums affordable, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "President Trump's … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Duckworth Reacts to President Trump’s Continued Minimization of the White Nationalist Threat to Americans

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Trump once again blamed this weekend's violence in Charlottesville on "both sides" and minimized the threat racist white nationalists and neo-Nazis pose to American citizens across the nation: "There are American patriots, and then there are the white nationalists and Nazis that fought against them. Members of my own family, along with countless brave American … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

On CTA Blue Line, Duckworth Underscores Importance of Transit Accessibility

[CHICAGO, IL] - On the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined representatives from Access Living, an organization committed to fostering an inclusive society for Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives, to underscore the need for investments to achieve the goal of 100 percent compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) across the entire CTA system. Following the 27th anniversary of the ADA, … Continue Reading

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