Press Releases

February 09, 2024

Duckworth, Booker, Tlaib, Dingell Lead Colleagues in Urging EPA to Strengthen Lead and Copper Rule Improvements Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), co-founders of the new Senate Lead Task Force and the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, alongside U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-12) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI-06), co-chairs of the House ‘Get the Lead Out’ Caucus, led 86 of their colleagues in applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) while also urging them to strengthen … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Duckworth Applauds Committee Passage of Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill She Helped Author

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After successful bipartisan negotiations, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) today favorably reported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2023 that U.S. Senator and pilot Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—the chair of the CST Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—helped author alongside CST Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX) and CST Aviation Safety Subcommittee Ranking Member … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Duckworth Statement on Senate Vote to Proceed on National Security Supplemental

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees—issued the following statement after the Senate voted to proceed on the package to bolster U.S. national security that will provide additional support for our partners and allies: “With our nation confronting increasingly complex and escalating threats to global security, I’m relieved that Senate Republicans have finally joined Democrats … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Duckworth Touts Key Priorities Included in Committee-Passed Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill

[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—announced several of her key priorities were included in the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 that passed through the CST committee today. As one of the authors of the legislation, Duckworth successfully secured several provisions that will improve safety for … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Senate’s FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Duckworth-Baldwin Provision to Help Improve Aircraft Evacuation Standards

[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 Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation—and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) successfully included their Emergency Vacating of Aircraft Cabin (EVAC) Act in the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 that passed through committee today and is now expected to be considered by the full Senate. The legislation … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Adjutant General of Illinois National Guard

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee—met with the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Major General Richard Neely to discuss the ways we can build on our progress to support the Illinois National Guard as our nation continues to face multiple threats and global security challenges overseas. Photos of the Senator’s meeting can be found using the link here. “The Illinois National Guard plays a … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth & Durbin Sponsor Kaine Amendment to Maintain Congressional Oversight of Israel Military Assistance

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and more than half of their Democratic Senate colleagues in filing an amendment to the bipartisan National Security Supplemental and Border Security compromise that would maintain the congressional notification requirement for all U.S. assistance to foreign militaries. Specifically, the amendment would strike a provision in the proposed national security supplemental funding bill … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Illinois State Police Director Kelly to Discuss Violence Prevention

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly to discuss the Illinois State Police’s work and how federal efforts can help support the agency. Duckworth and Kelly discussed the importance of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding, the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. A photo from today’s meeting is available on the Senator’s website. “The work of the … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth Presses Qatari Ambassador on Importance of Securing the Safe Release of Hamas-held Hostages

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator and member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted Qatari Ambassador to the United States Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani for a meeting in her Capitol Hill office, where she raised the importance of reaching a deal to secure the safe return of the more than 100 hostages still being held by Hamas, including Israeli-American Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who has not been heard from since he was taken hostage after losing … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Great Lakes Lawmakers to Introduce Legislation to Extend Great Lake Protections

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), both members of the Great Lakes Task Force, joined U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) and additional Great Lakes lawmakers in introducing the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2024, which extends the critical program for another five years through 2031, and increases annual funding levels from $475 million in 2026 to $500 million from 2027 … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Screening Committee, Application Process for Federal District Court in the Central District of Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that they will begin accepting applications from those interested in serving as a Federal District Court Judge in the Central District of Illinois.  The Senators will be assisted by a screening committee whose task is to review and vet District Court candidates and advise the Senators regarding the candidates’ qualifications and … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Talk Accessibility of Higher Ed, Job Training Programs with Illinois Higher Education Leaders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with the leaders and members of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) and the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU), which represents 58 Illinois private, nonprofit colleges across the state.  During the meetings, Duckworth and Durbin advocated for doubling the maximum Pell Grant and supporting other federal student aid … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Duckworth Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

[WASHGINTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: “I’m heartbroken that three servicemembers were killed last weekend in an Iran-backed attack, and I’m devasted for their families, who will never be able to hold their loved ones close again. Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, Sgt. Kennedy Ladon … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin Join Murphy, Van Hollen, Coons and Merkley in Urging Biden Administration to Work with Israel to Do More to Get Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 19 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to encourage Israeli officials to take five specific steps to significantly increase urgently needed humanitarian aid for civilians … Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Duckworth Powerfully Speaks Out After Iran-Backed Attack that Killed 3 American Servicemembers

[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—delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about the recent Iran-backed attack on a U.S. base in Jordan that killed three American servicemembers. In her remarks, Duckworth warned her Republican colleagues who have made reckless, irresponsible comments that risk escalating tensions and putting more of our troops in harm’s way … Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Duckworth Highlights Illinois’s Leadership in Research & Innovation with IBM Leadership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today highlighted Illinois’s strength as a leader in research and technology with IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Darío Gil. Duckworth discussed Illinois’s leadership in quantum investments, including The Bloch, one of the state’s two programs recently designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a Tech Hub, as well as the state’s leading Universities and National Laboratories, which contribute to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Duckworth Discusses Environmental Justice with Chicago’s People for Community Recovery

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with leaders from Chicago’s People for Community Recovery, the organization at the heart of the founding of the Environmental Justice movement. Duckworth spoke with People for Community Recovery Executive Director Cheryl Johnson and Deputy Director Courtney Hanson about how she, as a co-founder of the U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, can continue working with groups like People for Community Recovery to achieve health … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Duckworth Meets With Rock Island Mayor to Discuss Infrastructure Investments Needed to Revive Rock Island’s 11th Street Corridor

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Mayor of Rock Island Mike Thoms to discuss some of the ways we can tackle the challenges facing the City of Rock Island, such as by investing in infrastructure projects along Rock Island’s 11th Street Corridor as well as by rehabilitating the city’s older housing and building new market-rate housing developments. During their meeting, they discussed how to revive the once thriving 11th Street Corridor—which has suffered … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Duckworth Highlights Illinois’s Leadership in Research & Innovation with IBM Leadership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today highlighted Illinois’s strength as a leader in research and technology with IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Darío Gil. Duckworth discussed Illinois’s leadership in quantum investments, including The Bloch, one of the state’s two programs recently designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a Tech Hub, as well as the state’s leading Universities and National Laboratories, which contribute to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin, Quigley Discuss Chicago Hub Improvement Project with Union Pacific

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today met with Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena to discuss the Chicago Hub Improvement Project (CHIP), Amtrak’s multi-phased project to revitalize Chicago Union Station (CUS) and revolutionize Midwest passenger rail.  During the meeting, the congressional leaders and Vena spoke about the importance of CHIP to the Midwest, as the project is critical to … Continue Reading

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