Press Releases

June 22, 2022

Duckworth, Casey Introduce Bill to Help More Seniors and Disabled Americans Live Independent Lives

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, today introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act to help ensure all newly constructed single-family homes built with federal funding include at least one accessible (or "zero step") entrance, doorways wide enough for a wheelchair, one wheelchair accessible bathroom and light switches as well as thermostats at reachable heights from a … Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Proposal to Lower Cost of Insulin, Saving Lives and Money for Working Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement in response to the new bipartisan proposal-the Improving Needed Safeguards for Users of Lifesaving Insulin Now (INSULIN) Act-to lower the cost of insulin for working families: "Every time I hear from an Illinoisan who is facing the unbearable decision of either paying for their-or their child's-lifesaving prescription drugs or paying for rent, the same frustrating question comes to mind: how are we … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Duckworth Commemorates Juneteenth, Emphasizes Her Advocacy for America’s Working Families

[CHICAGO IL] - As our nation celebrates Juneteenth this weekend, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement to commemorate the day, which became a federal holiday last year. The Senator emphasized the importance of policies that help and empower Black families and communities, and encouraged racial justice allies to not only learn and recognize our country's complex history, but also to push for a more just union for every American. "Black communities have long … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Duckworth Provisions to Support Troops, Improve Military Readiness, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil Included in Committee-Passed 2023 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the full committee on a widely bipartisan vote this week. The FY2023 NDAA, which is now set to be considered by the full U.S. … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Duckworth, Young Bill to Provide TSA PreCheck® to Disabled Veterans Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Todd Young (R-IN) to provide Veterans with disabilities Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre√® passed the Senate by unanimous consent. "Millions of Veterans have sacrificed a great deal in service to our nation and returned home with service-connected disabilities. For those of us who rely on prosthetics and wheelchairs for mobility, air travel and passing through airport … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Duckworth Provisions to Support Troops, Improve Military Readiness, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil Included in Committee-Passed 2023 Defense Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the full committee on a widely bipartisan vote this week. The FY2023 NDAA, which is now set to be considered by the full U.S. … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates CREATE Argo Connection Rail Project Completion, Highlights Benefits for Helping Bring Down Costs for Illinoisans

[SUMMIT, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today celebrated the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program Argo Connections (B9) Project completion, a new double-track connection and crossover at Archer Avenue and 63rd Street. This will allow for increased rail speed and flexibility to reduce delays, increase capacity and lead to faster and more reliable travel times-creating jobs, making our roads safer and easing supply chain delays that can cause … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Duckworth Applauds Passage of Bill to Expand Healthcare for Veterans, Provide Care for Toxic Exposure

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), combat Veteran and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, celebrated today's Senate passage of the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, historic legislation that will overhaul the VA's processes for toxic-exposed Veterans to include presumptions for several illnesses associated with burn pits and Agent Orange exposures to help deliver long-overdue VA healthcare and benefits … Continue Reading


June 15, 2022

Duckworth Presses TSA Administrator for Improved Treatment of New Mothers & Americans with Disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During her meeting with Transportation Security Administrator David Pekoske yesterday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, pushed for improved treatment of new mothers and Americans with disabilities from employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Duckworth's concerns come after the troubling mistreatment of a breastfeeding mother at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Statement on Caterpillar Decision to Move Headquarters from Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today released the following statement regarding Caterpillar's plans to move its headquarters from the Chicago area to Texas after nearly 100 years: "Caterpillar's surprise decision to move its headquarters from Illinois after nearly 100 years is extremely disappointing. While in terms of jobs impact for Illinois, this transition will only … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Duckworth Outlines NDAA Priorities, Focusing on Support for Our Troops, Improving Military Readiness and Enhancing Partnerships Abroad

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) begins its consideration of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the SASC Subcommittee on Airland, highlighted her key priorities for inclusion in this year's NDAA by introducing a package of legislative proposals focused on supporting our troops, improving military readiness and enhancing … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $5 Million for Health Care Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $5,063,700 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants. The funding will go to research institutions throughout Illinois to invest in groundbreaking research, improved care, and efforts to treat illnesses and diseases. "By increasing support for biomedical research, we can help deliver real public health results for Illinois families," Duckworth said. "I … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $8 Million for Cancer Prevention and Control Programs in Illinois

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced nearly $7.791 million in Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grants. The funding will go to three programs in Illinois that promote cancer prevention and reduce the incidence of cancer. "Far too many Americans have either gone through the horrible battle with cancer themselves or endured the heartbreak of watching a loved one go through cancer treatments," … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Bipartisan Framework to Help Curb Gun Violence, Save Lives

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after a group of bipartisan Senators unveiled a new framework to help curb our nation's gun violence epidemic: "This bipartisan framework represents a path forward to help reduce senseless gun violence in America and, ultimately, save lives. For Illinois, this framework would also help us crack down on two major problems that drive gun violence in our state: interstate firearms trafficking and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Illinois School Districts to Apply for EPA Clean School Bus Program

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to more than 300 Illinois school district administrators to inform them that their districts are eligible to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program (CSBP). The program, a $5 billion effort established under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, aims to convert the nation's school bus fleets to low- and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Meet With Boeing CEO Following Decision to Move Headquarters From Chicago

[WASHINGTON D.C.]-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun to discuss Boeing's recent decision to move its global headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia. The Senators wrote a letter urging Calhoun to maintain a strong presence in Chicago after the May 5th announcement. In the letter, the Senators emphasized the impact Boeing's relocation would have on Illinois' economy. Currently, … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Duckworth Honored with Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award, Calls for End to Republican Blockade of Efforts to Prevent Insurance Prices from Skyrocketing

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today was honored with the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) 2022 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award, recognizing her efforts to support Community Health Centers (CHC). In a visit to Friend Family Health in Chicago's Gage Park community, Duckworth met with Friend Family Health CEO Verneda Bachus, Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) CEO Ollie Idowu and other CHC leaders to highlight her efforts … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Duckworth Highlights Jobs & Supply Chain Benefits of Clean Energy Investments During mHUB Tour

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with officials from Chicago's mHUB and toured the technology and manufacturing innovation center. The visit comes as the mHUB-led 2025 Clean Tech Economic Coalition (CTEC) is competing as the only Illinois finalist in the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). During the tour, Duckworth discussed her support of their application and her legislative efforts to support clean energy in … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Calling on DOJ to Ensure Government Websites Comply with the ADA

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of 10 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide better guidance and regulations to help State and local governments better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) accessibility requirements on their websites, mobile applications and other forms of technology. In a letter sent to Attorney General … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

On Chicago’s South Side, Duckworth Underscores Commitment to Passing Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with local leaders and advocates to discuss the impacts of gun violence on Chicago's neighborhoods and legislative action at the federal level to pass commonsense gun safety legislation in the wake of massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo. Duckworth was joined at the Gresham Community Center by Chicago Alderman Howard B. Brookins, City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Rachel Arfa, Heartland Alliance … Continue Reading

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