Press Releases

February 23, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Justice Department Decision to Retain U.S. Attorney John Lausch

[WASHINGTON D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after it was reported that the Biden Justice Department will retain John Lausch as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois until his successor is confirmed. Duckworth and Durbin first voiced their desire to retain Mr. Lausch until his successor is confirmed in November 2020. On February 9, they wrote a letter to the President renewing this request. "We … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Thomas Vilsack as Agriculture Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Thomas Vilsack as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. Vilsack was confirmed by a 92-7 vote to serve as USDA Secretary under President Biden. "Tom Vilsack's proven leadership and important experience in supporting America's farmers, investing in rural communities and championing food assistance will help him lead our Department of Agriculture once again. With the … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Duckworth Introduces Illinois Native Merrick Garland at His Senate Confirmation Hearing

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this morning introduced Illinois native Merrick Garland at his U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General of the United States. In her introduction, Duckworth highlighted Garland's ties to Illinois and expressed why she has full confidence in Garland's capability to lead the Department of Justice and defend the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. Video of the Senator's speech … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Duckworth Applauds Biden Administration’s Renewable Fuel Standard Decision Supporting Farmers and Rural Communities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced it would drop the previous administration's opposition to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery provisions. The Biden Administration's decision supports farmers and rural communities by effectively ending Trump Administration efforts to undermine RFS provisions in a manner that helped big oil companies … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Duckworth Joins Van Hollen to Urge Biden Administration in Prioritizing ATF Leadership and Gun Violence Prevention

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 10 colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to quickly nominate a permanent Director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who is committed to increasing public safety and addressing the gun violence epidemic in our country. In their letter to President Biden, the Senators highlighted a number of priorities that the new ATF Director must work to … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin and Kelly Request Independent Review of Southeast Side Metal Recycling Plant’s Health Risks

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) are calling for a review of the health risks associated with emissions from the Reserve Marine Terminals and the South Shore Recycling facilities located on Chicago's Southeast Side. In a letter to Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Administrator Rochelle Walensky, the Members requested a health consultation to review and analyze particulate matter and … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Congressional Democrats to Introduce U.S. Citizenship Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA-38) to introduce the bicameral U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, President Biden’s bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of the United States immigration system. The legislation would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Baldwin to Call on Biden Administration to Fully Fund Community Development Block Grant Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 13 colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to prioritize funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local community development initiatives that support jobs, housing, infrastructure and public services for millions of Americans, in his upcoming budget proposal.   In part, the Senators wrote: “The CDBG … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Legislative Priorities and Power of Democracy at Northern Illinois University Fireside Chat

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Brinkmann for a virtual fireside chat as part of NIU's Rebuilding Democracy speaker series. During the event, Duckworth discussed her legislative priorities for the 117th Congress, including helping Illinoisans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing environmental injustice, supporting working families and helping Veterans, as well as how to … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nine Illinois Community Health Centers Included In Federal Vaccination Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that nine Illinois Community Health Centers (CHCs) will be eligible to directly receive vaccines through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Federally Qualified Health Center Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. After Illinois CHCs missed out on the first phase of this program, Durbin and Duckworth wrote the Biden Administration urging that Illinois CHCs be prioritized immediately, in … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Upcoming Legislative Priorities with Chicago Executives’ Club

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined the Executives' Club of Chicago for a virtual panel to discuss her legislative priorities for the upcoming year. In a virtual Q&A with representatives from Chicago Executives' Club and Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Duckworth discussed the need for more COVID relief funding for Chicagoland businesses, local governments throughout the state and working families, as well as the … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Duckworth Hosts Q&A Session to Help Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Concerns with Healthcare Providers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted a roundtable with Illinois healthcare organizations and providers to address and mitigate hesitancy among those eligible for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, especially among healthcare workers. Duckworth was joined by leaders from the Illinois Nurses Association, Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Department of Public Health to discuss how federal and local entities can better support each other in addressing … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & Vaccine Hesitancy in Virtual Roundtable with Metro East Leaders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) held a virtual roundtable today with Metro East leaders to discuss the disproportionate public health impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities and the need to mitigate vaccine hesitancy. The group also discussed how Illinois can continue to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the region, while also addressing medical racism, educational outreach and cultural sensitivities. "As we continue working to increase … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $50 Million to Support Expanded Vaccine Distribution in Cook County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $49,629,801.50 in federal funding to support COVID-19 vaccination administration in Cook County. The funding is being awarded to the Cook County government by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Making sure as many Illinoisans as possible are vaccinated is one of the most important things we can do to get to the other side of this … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Join Hassan & Casey in Urging Increased Support for Home and Community Based Care in Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and 19 of their colleagues today in urging Senate leaders to support an increasing in funding to Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package that Congress is developing. The House of Representatives has proposed a 7.35 percent increase to Federal Medical Assistance Percentages for HCBS in the next package, … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Duckworth to Chair U.S. Senate Armed Services Airland Subcommittee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a Purple Heart recipient who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, will Chair the committee's Airland Subcommittee in the 117th Congress. The Airland Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to certain Army and Air Force programs, as well as research, development and procurement matters involving these military branches. An additional area of … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Duckworth and Bipartisan Majority of Senate Vote to Convict Trump, Even as Most Republicans Put Former President Before Country

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate voted to convict Donald J. Trump of inciting an insurrection against the United States of America: "Last month, Donald Trump lavished praise on a mob hell-bent on violence. He gave them orders to 'fight like hell'-kindling their anger, weaponizing their fury, then directing them to the steps of the United States Capitol where they waged an … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Duckworth Urges Biden Administration to Replace All USPS Board of Governors Who Permitted DeJoy’s Disastrous Decisions

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is urging President Biden to help restore trust in the United States Postal Services (USPS) by replacing every member of the USPS Board of Governors and nominating new leadership. In the letter, Duckworth details how these members allowed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to remove community mail drop boxes, reduce operating hours for facilities and gut overtime pay - harmful new policies that led to lifesaving prescriptions not reaching … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Duckworth Joins Gillibrand & Senate Colleagues to Call for More Than $1 Billion in Funding to Help Older Adults during the COVID-19 Crisis, Including Millions to Bolster Nutrition Services and Support Vaccination Efforts in Next Relief Package

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and their Senate colleagues in a letter that calls for the inclusion of $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers' efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next COVID-19 relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and many more have … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Renew Request For U.S. Attorney John Lausch To Remain In His Position Until Confirmation Of His Successor

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following an announcement by the Biden Justice Department that Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys appointed under the previous Administration were to submit their resignations by February 28, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) renewed their request that John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, be permitted to remain in his position until the confirmation of his successor. In a letter to President Joe Biden, Duckworth and … Continue Reading

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