Press Releases

April 14, 2017

Duckworth Visits UI Labs, Highlights Importance of Illinois’s Advanced Manufacturing Capacity

[CHICAGO, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited UI Labs and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) with Million Women Mentors Illinois State Chair Jenny Kopach to discuss DMDII's critical work to support advanced manufacturing in Illinois. Duckworth also discussed her efforts to expand Illinois's manufacturing sector and strengthen a skilled workforce prepared for 21st Century manufacturing jobs, highlighting a bill she recently helped introduce in … Continue Reading

April 14, 2017

Duckworth: Trump Budget Would Harm Illinois Manufacturers

[BENSENVILLE, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the leadership of ACE Metal Crafts and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center today to discuss how President Trump's budget would harm Illinois manufacturers. The President has proposed eliminating funding for programs like the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that helps manufacturers innovate and improve their productivity in order to stay competitive in the global 21st century economy. A photo of Duckworth's … Continue Reading

April 11, 2017

Duckworth, Senators Demand Answers From United Airlines Following The Forcible Removal Of A Passenger

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and a group of 21 Senators in demanding answers from United Airlines following the forcible removal of a ticketed passenger on Flight 3411 from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky. "Consumer trust and confidence are critical to ensure this industry continues to thrive, and we hope United Airlines will work diligently to immediately address this incident and make … Continue Reading

April 11, 2017

Duckworth Hosts Town Hall Meeting at Harper College in Palatine

[PALATINE, IL] - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a town hall meeting at Harper College to meet with constituents, answer questions and discuss her work to serve Illinois in the U.S. Senate. A livestream video of the event is available on the Senator's Facebook page here. "I understand that many people feel like the President and other leaders in Washington aren't listening to them, but I want them to know that I'm here and I'm listening," said Senator Duckworth. … Continue Reading

April 11, 2017

Duckworth, Senate Democrats Challenge Attorney General’s Review of Consent Decrees

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) yesterday in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reconsider his recent decision to review the use of consent decrees in cases of police violence, which could thwart efforts to protect civil rights and improve public safety. Existing consent decrees serve to support sweeping police reform with the intention of putting a stop to civil rights abuses, … Continue Reading

April 11, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Urge Commerce Secretary to Strengthen Antidumping Measures & Protect American Workers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the U.S. Department of Commerce reviews antidumping margins on foreign imports, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to crack down on unfair trade practices and strengthen protections against the dumping of foreign-made products in American markets. In their letter, the Senators brought attention to the 2,000 Illinois steelworkers who were laid off after the temporary idling of blast furnaces and … Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Duckworth Statement on U.S. Missile Strike in Syria

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement on last night's U.S. military strike in Syria: "Last night's cruise missile strike sends a clear and measured message to Bashar al-Assad that his horrific, unacceptable and illegal use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians will not go unanswered by the United States of America. While our Armed Forces effectively carried out their orders with utmost professionalism, the United States now … Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Duckworth Meets with VA Secretary Shulkin, Highlights Need to Protect Veteran Access to Health Care

[WASHIGNTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran who served 23 years in the Reserve Forces and still receives her own healthcare services through VA, this week met with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to discuss the importance of ensuring America's Veterans have access to the quality care and support they have earned. A photo of the meeting is available here. "It's important we … Continue Reading

April 06, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Senate Republicans’ Elimination of 60-Vote Standard for Supreme Court Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following Senate Republicans' decision to overturn decades of Senate precedent and eliminate the 60 vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "In their haste to give President Donald Trump's nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans have engaged in an unprecedented abuse of power and unraveled a vital check and balance that ensured Supreme Court Justices are in … Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $4 Million in Transportation Funding for Emergency Relief in Illinois

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has awarded a total of $4,714,092 to the Illinois Department of Transportation to repair and reconstruct Federal highways and roads on Federal lands in Illinois damaged by natural disasters. Repairing these transportation systems will help normalize traffic flows and protect against future deterioration. "These investmentswill … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Duckworth, Cohen, Clay Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Police-Involved Deaths, Provide Justice to Impacted Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced the Police Training and Independent Review Act to help prevent police-involved deaths and encourage independent and impartial investigations into law enforcement officials' use of deadly force. The legislation, introduced as a companion to identical House legislation drafted by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Congressman Lacy Clay … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Duckworth Statement on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria that has claimed the lives of dozens of Syrians, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "The Syrian government's use of poisonous gas on their own people, including innocent children, is a clear violation of international law and I am utterly disgusted. It is also a reminder that Basher al-Assad is a murderous butcher and yet more evidence he cannot be allowed to stay in power. It is time … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Duckworth Participates in “Women’s Power Hour” in Opposition to Judge Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - On Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined fellow female Senators on the Senate floor for a "Women's Power Hour" to voice their concerns regarding Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, pointing to his questionable rulings on reproductive rights and women's issues. Video of Duckworth's remarks is available here. Her full remarks as prepared are below: "Today, on Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of the fact that women across the country still … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Duckworth to Oppose & Filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Nomination

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) tonight issued the following statement announcing her opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to be the next Supreme Court Justice, as well as her intent to support a filibuster of the nomination: "When Judge Gorsuch was nominated, I shared my concerns with his predilection for putting corporate profits ahead of people time and again, as well as with his troubling rulings on disability rights, civil rights, reproductive rights and … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Duckworth: Millions of Americans Will Suffer Because of Dangerous Cuts to Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke out today in opposition to a Republican effort to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood, which would be devastating for millions of Americans who rely on the organization for healthcare services. The Senate passed the measure to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood on a tie-breaker vote with the help of Vice President Mike Pence. Video of Duckworth speaking is available here and a transcript of her remarks is available … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Duckworth Meets with CTA President & Chicago Department of Transportation Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with CTA President Dorval Carter and Chicago Department of Transportation leadership to discuss their efforts to support transit and transportation infrastructure projects as well as support and create jobs in the Chicagoland area. Duckworth also discussed her recent bill - which passed the Senate just 64 days after she was sworn in - to cut red tape and reduce delays on construction projects in Illinois. The bill would save … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Duckworth Calls on President Trump to Use American Made Steel in Pipeline Construction, Support U.S. Job

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a letter with 10 other Senators today urging President Trump to protect American jobs by ensuring all new pipelines - if approved - are constructed and maintained with American made products and equipment. The President recently issued a memorandum requiring all new pipelines to be constructed with American made materials, but made an exception for the Keystone XL pipeline, posing a threat to American manufacturing and U.S. jobs. While … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Senator Duckworth Calls for Investments in Job Training Programs to Boost U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - During a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted the need to expand support for job training programs across the United States to strengthen the workforce, especially within the manufacturing sector. Duckworth also discussed a bill she recently helped introduce in the Senate, the Community College to Career Fund Act (CC2C), to close the "skills gap," by creating a grant program to fund workforce training … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Duckworth Welcomes Illinois Members of AIPAC to Washington to Discuss National Security Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) addressed members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) who are in Washington, D.C., this week from Illinois for the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference. Senator Duckworth underscored the importance of collaborative efforts between the two countries to support Israel's national security and maintain a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. A photo of Duckworth addressing Illinoisans at AIPAC is available here. "My experience serving my … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Duckworth: Trump Again Puts Veterans on Chopping Block, Threatens to Increase Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC - Combat Veteran U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today highlighted a new Associated Press report that found President Trump's new budget proposal threatens to increase Veteran homelessness despite his repeated campaign promises to care for those who've worn our nation's uniform. As the former Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Duckworth helped coordinatea joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to end … Continue Reading

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