Press Releases

June 20, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Rantoul Tomorrow

[RANTOUL, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" tomorrow at the Rantoul Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration’s Renewed Attack on Sanctuary Cities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the nationwide injunction blocking the administration from withholding key law enforcement funding from sanctuary cities: "Once again, the Trump administration shows its true colors by attacking cities that welcome immigrants who work hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families. Using law enforcement to … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Duckworth, Graham, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Train Veterans for Successful Careers in Innovative Sectors of the American Energy Industry

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2018 to help Veterans gain the training and credentials necessary to secure good paying jobs in fast-growing sectors of the low- and zero-carbon emissions energy industry. The Senators' bipartisan legislation will help ease the transition back to civilian life for servicemembers and strengthen the economy by connecting employers in … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump's Withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In response to the Trump Administration's announcement that they are withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council one day after it criticized Donald Trump's inhumane policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "The United States has long been the world's conscience, playing a leading in role in promoting human rights around the globe. Under Donald Trump, that is clearly no … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Senate Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bipartisan legislation would increase pay for our servicemembers and their families, improve the way our Armed Forces address domestic violence and authorize the purchase of new naval ships, aviation assets, armored vehicles and 5th generation fighter aircraft that allow us to defend our interests, … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Inhumane Trump Administration Policy of Family Separation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement today decrying the Trump Administration's policy of taking children from their parents at the border: "Separating families to inflict trauma on children and parents seeking asylum in America is wrong, plain and simple. No one is forcing the Trump Administration's hand here. Donald Trump, Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen are making a conscious and completely unnecessary decision to rip … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $600,000 for Environmental Cleanup in Western Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $600,000 in federal funding today to help plan for the elimination of toxic pollutants from contaminated sites in economically disadvantaged communities in Western Illinois. The assessment grants are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides financial assistance to those working to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties whose expansion, … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $500,000 for Environmental Cleanup in Rockford, IL

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $500,000 in federal funding today to help clean up sites contaminated with toxic pollutants in Rockford, IL. The revolving loan grant funding is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides financial assistance to those working to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse is complicated by hazardous substances … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 for Environmental Cleanup in the Chicagoland Area

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding today to help eliminate toxic pollutants from a contaminated site in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood in the Chicago area. The cleanup grant is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides financial assistance to those working to assess and safely clean up contaminated properties whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse is … Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Provide A Better Deal for American Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As working families across the country struggle to achieve basic economic security and income inequality reaches its highest level since the Great Depression, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined a number of Senate and House Democrats in introducing legislation to provide a better deal for American workers and strengthen workers' rights to collectively bargain. The Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act contains much-needed reforms that would make … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Danville Next Week

[DANVILLE, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Danville Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Duckworth to Host Mobile Office Hours in Rantoul Next Week

[RANTOUL, IL] - The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host another "Mobile Office Hours" next week at the Rantoul Public Library, where constituent service representatives will be onsite to assist Illinoisans with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits they may be entitled to. Duckworth has previously hosted Mobile Office Hours in communities throughout the state over the past several months, and her office will continue hosting … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi, Quigley Statement on O’Hare Western Access

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following today's favorable vote by the Illinois Tollway Authority Board approving a Letter of Intent with Canadian Pacific Railway to complete the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement: "The Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project is vital to our regional, state and national … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Duckworth-Murphy Amendment Would Prevent Trump from Withdrawing U.S. Troops from South Korea

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In light of Donald Trump's comments that he is considering unilaterally withdrawing the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops who are stationed in South Korea, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced an amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that would help prevent the President from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that negatively … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, 30 Senators Sponsor Legislation to End Separation of Immigrant Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 30 of their Senate colleagues in sponsoring legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore: "Maximum pressure is wasted when we settle for minimal results. The Trump Administration's announcement that the United States will suspend joint military exercises with South Korea - which the Commander-in-Chief insultingly described as 'very provocative' - without any concrete promises or plans to achieve … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $200,000 for University of Illinois Agricultural Research Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding today for agricultural research projects at the University of Illinois aimed at helping make crop and livestock production more efficient and sustainable. The funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Exploratory Research Grants Program, which invests in projects focused on developing innovative solutions to emerging … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Duckworth, Hirono, 10 Senators Question if Interior Department is Improperly Withholding Federal Grants from Certain Organizations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led a group of 12 Senators in expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) may be improperly withholding federal funding from a number of organizations across the country who are expecting federal grants but have not received them. Considering how many organizations have been negatively impacted by this delay, the Senators wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke questioning whether DOI is … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Upcoming Singapore Summit Between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In advance of next week's scheduled summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement: "Reaching a successful diplomatic solution to the north Korean crisis has long been one of the most difficult and daunting challenges we face as a nation. We know that armed conflict with north Korea would be catastrophic and put the lives of countless civilians and American servicemembers at … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Duckworth, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Modernize Nation’s Aging Water Infrastructure

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced legislation to bring our water infrastructure into the 21st century by investing in critical research to make our water infrastructure systems safer, more reliable and more efficient. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act would re-establish a laboratory within the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote innovative technologies that … Continue Reading

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