Press Releases

April 29, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Call for More Funding for Social Service Nonprofits in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in leading a group of 25 Senators to urge Senate leadership to include additional emergency funding for nonprofit organizations in the next COVID-19 relief bill. Nonprofits are an essential part of the frontline coronavirus pandemic response, providing important social services such as nutrition assistance, shelter for those experiencing homelessness, child care and education … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss COVID-19 Relief and Labor Protections with Illinois AFL-CIO

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with Tim Drea, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO, and the Illinois AFL-CIO executive committee. On a call with the Illinois AFL-CIO, Durbin and Duckworth shared their priorities for the next COVID-19 relief package, including federal assistance for COBRA health coverage, strengthening unemployment insurance, and providing state and local governments financial … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Bicameral Letter Urging Federal Communications Commission To Coordinate With Other Federal Agencies To Inform Low-Income Families They Can Receive Broadband Services

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) in leading 139 of their colleagues in both the House and Senate to urge Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that the millions of Americans who are now eligible for the … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Support for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and a group of 12 Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other serious crimes can continue to access programs during the COVID-19 pandemic through which they can obtain legal status independent of abusers and … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Statement on BOP's Decision to Designate Thomson Prison a 'Quarantine Location'

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today released the following statement in response to the announcement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that United States Penitentiary (USP) Thomson has been designated as one of 11 nationwide "quarantine locations" for thousands of newly-admitted inmates to the federal prison system. "We are disturbed to learn that BOP is preparing to transfer hundreds of … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Shimkus, Bost Discuss COVID-19 Response with Southen Illinois Hospitals

DURBIN, DUCKWORTH, SHIMKUS, BOST DISCUSS COVID-19 RESPONSE WITH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HOSPITALS [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL-15) and Mike Bost (R-IL-12) today, on a call with more than 30 CEOs of southern Illinois hospitals and AJ Wilhelmi, President of the Illinois Health & Hospital Association, discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois and how hospitals are fighting the … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Express Concern over ArcelorMittal Inspection Summary, Urge EPA to Take Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) expressed concerns over the results of a recent Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) inspection summary of ArcelorMittal USA's Burns Harbor facility that showed the company's self-monitoring program and its contract laboratory, Microbac, were both deemed unsatisfactory in terms of its procedures and laboratory methods. In August 2019, after a blast furnace wastewater failure, the Burns Harbor … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Administration to Take Action to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Reach Small Businesses

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 19 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling on the Administration to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to identify instances of unjust enrichment and ensure that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds reach struggling small businesses who truly need the money. Recent … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin and Colleagues Push to Ensure College Students Have Food on the Table Amid COVID-19 Crisis

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 14 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for the activation of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) as an eligible form of Individual Assistance to help college students access critical nutrition assistance during the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Urge EPA Region 5 to Monitor Factories on Chicago’s Southeast Side

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), chair and co-founder of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and Dick Durbin (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do more to ensure five factories and facilities on Chicago's Southeast Side do not threaten the health of Chicagoans living in surrounding communities. In a letter sent last week, the Senators urged EPA Region 5 … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Following Reports That Trump Owes Millions to Chinese Bank, Duckworth Requests Investigation into Decision to Ship Tons of PPE and Medical Supplies from the U.S. to China

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In light of public reports that President Trump owes tens of millions of dollars to the Bank of China, one of the four largest state-owned commercial banks in that country, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today wrote to U.S. Representative James Clyburn (D-SC-06), the Chairman of the bipartisan Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, requesting an investigation into Trump's decision to facilitate the transportation of 17.8 tons of donated personal protection … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Statement on BOP Transfer of Inmates to Thomson Prison

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today released the following statement after learning that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is transferring at least 20 inmates from Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC) Chicago, where there is a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, to the United States Penitentiary (USP) Thomson, in Thomson, Illinois: "BOP's response to the threat of COVID-19 in federal prisons has been … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Duckworth Hosts Telephone Roundtable for Illinois Nurses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today hosted a telephone roundtable with members of the Illinois Nurses Association (INA), American Nurses Association of Illinois (ANA-Illinois) and Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) to thank the front line healthcare workers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Duckworth was joined by INA Executive Director Alice Johnson, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing Executive Director Susan Swart and … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Duckworth Helps Announce Bill to Expand Health Care Workforce to Meet Nationwide Challenges

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) helped U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, announce bicameral legislation to provide a historic investment in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps programs to cover the graduate education costs of approximately 300,000 clinicians in order to help address existing health workforce shortages … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 71 other Senators in a bipartisan letter calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans From COVID-19

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 other Senate colleagues, called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA). In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence today, the Senators implored the Administration to fully invoke the DPA to address the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss Impact of COVID-19 with Illinois Nonprofits

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a call with representatives from advocacy, community service, and behavioral health nonprofits across Illinois to discuss support for nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the call, the Senators heard from nonprofit leaders about the strain the COVID-19 crisis has placed on their organizations and discussed provisions in the CARES Act that offer financial assistance to nonprofits. … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with President of SEIU Healthcare about COVID-19 Pandemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke by phone with Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas, about the COVID-19 pandemic, how nursing home workers are faring during the crisis as well as the racial disparity in COVID-19 related deaths and the environmental justice issues that can contribute to that disparity. Duckworth and Kelley also discussed SEIU Healthcare’s main priorities, which include obtaining more PPE, … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth Joins Durbin in Pushing Treasury to Ensure Americans Without Broadband Can Receive Economic Impact Payments

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 21 of her Senate colleagues in urging the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations-including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators Senators highlighted that at least 21 million Americans are without … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans from COVID-19

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 other Senate colleagues, called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA). In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence today, the Senators implored the Administration to fully invoke the DPA to address the … Continue Reading

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