Press Releases

March 09, 2024

Senate Advances "Minibus" Spending Bills with Illinois Priorities Secured by Duckworth, Durbin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the United States Senate passed six funding bills known as a “minibus” for Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development; Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies; and … Continue Reading


March 08, 2024

Duckworth Votes to Prevent Partial Government Shutdown, Bring Public Safety Funding to Chicago

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to fund several federal agencies through September and avert a partial government shutdown: “I’m relieved we passed this bipartisan legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown that would have hurt working families across our nation,” said Duckworth. “Keeping the lights on and our government working for the people is the least the American people deserve … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth and Her State of the Union Guest Underscore Urgent Need to Protect IVF Access and Reproductive Rights for All Americans with Senate Democrats Ahead of President’s Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and her State of the Union guest, Illinois reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr. Amanda Adeleye, joined Senate Democrats and their invited guests to continue to shine a light on the horrific and cascading consequences of Republicans’ anti-choice crusade—including the latest threat to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in Alabama after state’s Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos created during the IVF process … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth Congratulates Sweden as it Officially Joins NATO

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement as Sweden formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance: “My heartfelt congratulations to Sweden for becoming the 32nd member of NATO, making our alliance stronger and more capable than it has ever been. As Vladimir Putin continues to wage his unjustified war of aggression … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth Meets with the Illinois Chapter of Disabled American Veterans and Emphasizes her Commitment to our Nation’s Heroes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a Purple Heart recipient who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces, today met with several members of the Illinois Chapter of Disabled American Veterans. During the meeting, Duckworth and the group discussed comprehensive healthcare for Veterans including mental health support and how the implementation of the PACT Act is helping Veterans with illnesses … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth on President Biden’s Plan to Build New Gaza Port to Help Increase Humanitarian Aid Deliveries

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement after President Biden announced during tonight’s State of the Union that the United States will soon establish a new port in Gaza to help increase deliveries of humanitarian aid to Palestinians: “We must find new ways to deliver substantially more humanitarian aid to Gaza and I’ve been advocating to do … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth Reaction to President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address: “Tonight, President Biden underscored the historic progress Democrats have made for working families with one of the fastest and strongest post-pandemic economic recoveries in the world in addition to our efforts to bring down inflation, create millions of good-paying jobs and help middle-class families keep more of their hard-earned dollars—despite … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Duckworth Reaction to New Alabama IVF Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—author of the Access to Family Building Act that would protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) nationwide—issued the following statement after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed Republican state lawmakers’ intrinsically flawed legislation into law, which as written, validates the extreme Alabama Supreme Court ruling that embryos are human children under the state’s Constitution. The new state law actually affirms that the purposeful … Continue Reading


March 06, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Meet with Quad Cities Chamber

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Quad Cities Chamber (QCC) and local leaders from the Quad Cities region to discuss local priorities for economic development.  During their meeting, the Senators and QCC members spoke about the Chicago to Quad Cities Passenger Rail Project, for which Durbin has secured more than $177 million in federal funding.  The meeting also focused on how the federal government can support … Continue Reading


March 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Broadcasters Association

[WASHINGTON, DC] U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with several members of the Illinois Broadcasters Association to discuss their shared legislative priorities as well as Duckworth’s work to support public broadcasting and local, rural media outlets. “Broadcasters play an invaluable role in ensuring Illinoisans are informed and maybe most importantly—engaged—in their communities,” Duckworth said. “I was glad to meet with members of the Illinois Broadcasters Association to … Continue Reading


March 06, 2024

Duckworth Blasts Boeing’s Dangerous Pattern of Failing to Disclose 737 MAX Flight Deck Features to Pilots

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, 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 Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—called out Boeing’s dangerous and ongoing pattern of failing to disclose features on the 737 MAX flight deck to pilots, a pattern that has previously resulted in catastrophic consequences for passengers on-board. In today’s full committee hearing on the National … Continue Reading


March 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois Farm Bureau’s New President Brian Duncan

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the Illinois Farm Bureau’s new President Brian Duncan to discuss Illinois’s agricultural priorities as Congress works to reauthorize the Farm Bill. In the meeting, Duckworth also underscored her support for ethanol production, as well as her commitment to helping strengthen our national and energy security, drive down gas prices, support our farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive rural economic opportunity in … Continue Reading


March 05, 2024

Duckworth to Host Doctor Amanda Adeleye at State of the Union, Highlighting Need to Protect IVF Access

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr. Amanda Adeleye will be her 2024 State of the Union guest as part of the Senator’s continuing efforts to protect access in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Adeleye is the Medical Director of CCRM Fertility’s Chicago-area center, where she specializes in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. In the wake of Alabama’s State Supreme Court ruling that … Continue Reading


March 04, 2024

Support for Duckworth Bill to Protect IVF Access Grows After Alabama Supreme Court Ruling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In the wake of Alabama’s State Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos created during the IVF process are “children” under state law, support for U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA)’s legislation to protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) nationwide continues to grow. The Access to Family Building Act—which would establish a statutory right to access IVF for all Americans who need it to start … Continue Reading


March 01, 2024

Duckworth Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2029 Service Academy Nominations

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that her office is now accepting applications through her website from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to a United States Military Service Academy. Each year Duckworth, along with a nomination committee, selects from the applicants a group of outstanding Illinois students to … Continue Reading


March 01, 2024

Duckworth on President Biden Decision to Airdrop Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees—issued the following statement after President Biden announced that the United States will soon airdrop humanitarian aid into Gaza: “As innocent civilians, including countless children, continue enduring increasingly dire circumstances in Gaza, I’m grateful that President Biden and his Administration are taking aggressive steps to … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Reintroduces Bill to Protect Wildlife and Water Sources from Toxic Lead Poisoning

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of both the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus and Senate Lead Task Force, today reintroduced legislation to help protect animals and the environment from toxic lead poisoning by limiting the use of lead bullets on federal lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Lead Endangers Animals Daily (LEAD) Act of 2024 would direct the Department of the Interior (DOI) to issue a final … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Meets with the Illinois American Legion to Discuss Supporting Our Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, this week met with The American Legion Department of Illinois leadership to emphasize her career-long commitment to serving Veterans. She discussed shared legislative priorities with the not-for-profit’s leadership, including implementation of the PACT Act and expanded access to comprehensive healthcare for … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Wheelchair Rule She Secured and Biden Administration’s Efforts to Improve Aviation Accessibility with DOT Secretary Buttigieg

[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 Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to highlight the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new proposed rule to improve the consumer experience for passengers with disabilities, prioritize aviation accessibility as well as provide accommodations and … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Duckworth Reiterates How Supporting Ukraine Helps Ukraine, the United States and the Rest of the Free World

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—joined a fireside chat hosted by the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations to reiterate the importance of additional U.S. support for Ukraine as well as to discuss how supporting our Ukrainian partners does not only help them, but is also vitally important for America’s own national security and strengthens the U.S. defense industrial … Continue Reading

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