Press Releases

April 04, 2024

Duckworth Calls on FAA to Review Boeing’s Disturbing Pattern of Failing to Disclose Critical 737 MAX Safety Information to Pilots

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—today urged Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) Michael Whitaker to examine why pilots were not aware that the cockpit door on the 737 MAX 9 was designed to automatically open during a rapid depressurization event until after the door plug fell out of Alaska Airlines … Continue Reading


March 29, 2024

Duckworth Accepting Applications for FY2025 Congressionally Directed Spending Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced she is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2025 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests. The CDS process does not represent new spending, rather it enables Members of Congress to allocate existing funding for specific local projects by units of government, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that meet strict eligibility requirements. Applications to Duckworth’s office are due by Friday, April 5. … Continue Reading


March 28, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Send Letters Urging Medicaid Health Insurance Companies in Illinois to Address Lead Poisoning Risk to Children

[CHICAGO, IL] -  U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited the Erikson Institute today to announce letters they sent to five Medicaid managed care companies (MCOs) in Illinois, urging them to address lead poisoning risks to children in Chicago by preemptively sending drinking water test kits, water filters, home visitors and educational materials to all enrolled children in the city. The letters are being sent to: Aetna, BlueCross, CountyCare, … Continue Reading


March 27, 2024

Duckworth Announces $2.5 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending for Medical Clinic Improvements in Flora

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $2,505,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Request was sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program to Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics for the expansion of its Flora Clinic facility. This investment would help support a more than 5,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility to allow for expanded group behavioral … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Duckworth on Harmful USPS Proposal: We Must Protect Jobs in Rural Communities and Support, Not Weaken our Postal Service

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - In advance of today’s United States Postal Service (USPS) Public Meeting in Springfield, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today is speaking out in support of safeguarding jobs and protecting efficient mail delivery times after the USPS, led by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, proposed changes to several Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) in Illinois, including in Springfield, that will negatively impact delivery times and harm working families across the … Continue Reading


March 25, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Illinois Priorities Secured in Second "Minibus" Government Funding Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the Illinois priorities they helped secure in the second “minibus” of government funding bills, which follows passage of the first “minibus” of six funding bills earlier this month.  The package includes funding bills for Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, … Continue Reading


March 25, 2024

Aviation Safety Subcommittee Chair Duckworth Reacts to Boeing CEO Stepping Down Amid Management Overhaul

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—issued the following statement regarding Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun stepping down at the end of the year amid a management overhaul at the aerospace company: “This is not the first leadership shakeup we’ve seen at Boeing, yet problems still persist and Boeing’s safety … Continue Reading


March 23, 2024

Duckworth Reaction After Senate Votes to Fully Fund Government for Remainder of 2024 Fiscal Year, Averting a Prolonged Government Shutdown

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan package that includes the final set of appropriations bills needed to fund our government through the 2024 fiscal year and avert a prolonged shutdown, which is now expected to be signed into law by President Biden: “This bipartisan funding package makes critical investments that support small businesses, servicemembers and military families as well as students at every … Continue Reading


March 22, 2024

Ahead of ACA Anniversary, Duckworth, Durbin Highlight Record Enrollment and Slam Donald Trump and Republicans for Continuing to Push ACA Repeal

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Ahead of the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this Saturday, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined their Senate Democratic colleagues to tout record-breaking ACA enrollment, highlighting how Democrats have built on the successes of the ACA, and speaking out against Donald Trump threatening to repeal the ACA in a potential second term.  Trump recently vowed that he would “never give up” on repealing the … Continue Reading


March 22, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $7 Million for Rockford's Whitman Street Interchange Project

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $7,148,000 for the City of Rockford’s Whitman Street Interchange Reconfiguration Project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) Grant Program to remove the urban interchange constructed in the early 1960s and re-establish the grid roadway system. “Updating this critical interchange means helping families in Rockford … Continue Reading


March 20, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Pork Producers Association Leadership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with members and leadership of the Illinois Pork Producers Association to discuss how they can continue working together to ensure Illinois’s pork producers have the resources they need to remain a leader in the industry. “Illinois is a national leader in pork production—ranking fourth in the United States and contributing an estimated $1.1 billion to our state’s economy,” said Duckworth. “When we support our pork producers … Continue Reading


March 20, 2024

Duckworth Reminds Republican Senators Claiming to Support IVF That They Can Simply Stop Blocking Her Pro-Family, Pro-Freedom Bill to Protect IVF Nationwide

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - During today’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on continued assaults on reproductive freedom in post-Dobbs America, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) chastised Republicans’ dangerous efforts to define a fertilized egg as a human child, calling them insults to millions of hopeful parents who struggle to conceive and rely on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to start the family of their dreams. In her testimony, Duckworth shared her own personal experience undergoing … Continue Reading


March 19, 2024

Duckworth Statement on Illinois National Guard Commander Major General Neely’s Retirement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released a statement following the announcement of Illinois National Guard Commander Major General Richard Neely’s retirement in May: “General Neely exemplifies what it means to be a leader, and the Illinois National Guard is—without question—stronger because of his steadfast leadership. I not only had the honor of working with General Neely as a U.S. Senator, but my husband Bryan and I also had the pleasure of … Continue Reading


March 19, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley, Sorensen, Budzinski Demand Answers from Postmaster General on Plans to Eliminate Mail Processing Centers in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17) and Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) authored a letter to Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy urging him to reconsider his decision to eliminate mail processing at Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) located in Champaign, Peoria, Milan and Springfield, Illinois.  In their letter, the lawmakers noted that any move … Continue Reading


March 19, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley Discuss Chicago Hub Improvement Project with Canadian National

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) who joined by phone, today met with Canadian National (CN) CEO Tracy Robinson to discuss the railroad’s involvement in the Chicago Hub Improvement Project (CHIP), Amtrak’s multi-phased project to revitalize Chicago Union Station (CUS) and revolutionize Midwest passenger rail.  Critical to the region’s infrastructure, CHIP will improve … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Duckworth Secures Commitment from Boeing to Fix Safety Defect on the 737 MAX 10 Before Seeking Certification

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After pushing Boeing to do so, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) and Chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—issued the following statement after successfully securing a commitment from Boeing to fix a known safety flaw that could have catastrophic consequences for passengers and crew on the MAX 10 aircraft—the same defect that is on the MAX 7, 8 and … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Send Letter to Postmaster General Dejoy Demanding Protection of Jobs and Mail Delivery

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), alongside 18 of their Senate colleagues, to send a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy urging him to stop any changes to United States Postal Service (USPS) service standards that would result in job losses and further degrade mail delivery performance, especially in rural areas. While the Postal Service claims that its “Mail Processing … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, McConnell Urge Army to Procure Gray Eagles for 38th Infantry Division in Illinois and Kentucky

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson requesting a detailed execution plan and fielding strategy for the acquisition of the first Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Army National Guard. Together, the Senators secured $350 million in the Fiscal … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, Schneider Applaud New EPA Rule Restricting Dangerous Ethylene Oxide Emissions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ethylene Oxide Task Force, today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for finalizing its new rule, Final Amendments to Strengthen Air Toxics Standards for Ethylene … Continue Reading


March 14, 2024

Duckworth Announces Nearly $650,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending to Help Bring Mental Health Services to Chicago’s West Side

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $649,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending Request will be sent by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to BUILD for their Mobile Mental Health (MMH) Program Expansion—a project dedicated to bringing mental health services to Chicago’s Austin, Garfield Park and Humboldt Park communities. With this support, BUILD will now have two mobile teams, … Continue Reading

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