Press Releases

December 02, 2020

Duckworth Commends Marine Corps and Navy on Efforts to Respect Black Servicemembers by Removing Confederate Symbols From Military Installations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At today's U.S. Senate Armed Services (SASC) Subcommittee on Readiness, Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) commended General David H. Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Admiral Michael H. Gilday, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, for their leadership in removing the Confederate flag from Navy and Marine Corps installations. Duckworth also discussed readiness and operational logistics systems in the Indo-Pacific region with these military … Continue Reading

December 02, 2020

Duckworth Responds to Trump’s Second Threat to Block Pay Raise for Our Troops Over Unrelated Policy Issues

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, released the following statement in response to President Trump's new threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over Congress' refusal to repeal Section 230. "It's bad enough that Trump threatened to veto a pay raise for our troops in order to protect the legacies of Confederate traitors, but … Continue Reading

December 02, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $52 Million to Support Head Start and Early Head Start in Chicago

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $52.7 million in federal grant funding to the City of Chicago for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, will support comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five. "Head Start and Early Head Start programs are critical … Continue Reading

December 01, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues In Requesting Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Programs Set To Expire During Holiday Season

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 28 of their colleagues in urging Senate leaders to include in the next COVID-19 relief package an extension of two critical financial lifelines for Americans affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program - which provides unemployment assistance to domestic workers, freelance … Continue Reading

November 24, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Discuss COVID-19 Outbreak At LaSalle State Veterans Home With IDVA Director, Call for Investigation

[SPRINGFIELD, I.L] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), a combat Veteran and former Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA), today discussed ongoing efforts to mitigate and prevent COVID-19 at State Veterans Homes in Illinois with Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) Director Linda Chapa LaVia, specifically the outbreak at the LaSalle State Veterans Home. This week, Duckworth and Durbin sent a letter to Director Chapa LaVia calling … Continue Reading

November 24, 2020

Duckworth Joins Booker, 15 Democratic Senators in Urging Robust Funding for State and Local Governments to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 15 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in urging Congressional leaders to provide robust funding to ensure the swift distribution of COVID-19 vaccines as a part of any upcoming legislation to address the pandemic. "For months, as states, territories, Indian Tribes, and other localities have been responding to COVID-19 and working tirelessly to keep their residents safe, they have also been … Continue Reading

November 24, 2020

Duckworth Calls for Hearing on Risks of Trump Administration’s Troop Withdrawal on Efforts to Bring Home American Hostages Held in Afghanistan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the Trump Administration's announcement that U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be substantially reduced over a rapid timeline, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) requesting an open hearing as soon as possible to investigate how the decision to hastily withdraw troops could make it even more challenging to safely bring home American hostages, including Mark Frerichs, an Illinoisan and … Continue Reading

November 24, 2020

Duckworth Follows Up on Her Demand for Additional Materials Related to Low-Flying Military Helicopters over Peaceful Protesters from DoD and National Guard

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After multiple requests for investigations into the use of low-flying military aircraft over peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2020, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, Sean O'Donnell, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Defense (DoD) and General Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau to follow up on her demands for information. In her letter to McCarthy, she wrote: … Continue Reading

November 24, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Statement on DOD Announcement of C-130J Aircraft Awards

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the below statement following an announcement from the Department of Defense (DOD). After delaying its initial summer announcement, DOD will award three states - Kentucky, Texas and West Virginia - with new C-130J aircraft. DOD also announced a fourth, previously unplanned "contingency location" to receive the new military planes - Georgia. "I'm extremely … Continue Reading

November 20, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Peters in Calling on GSA Administrator to End Unprecedented Delay & Provide Critical Transition Resources to President-Elect Biden

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and 35 of their colleagues in calling on General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy to end her unprecedented delay, immediately ascertain Vice President Joe Biden as President-elect and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect, and make available the transition resources that … Continue Reading

November 20, 2020

Duckworth and Durbin to Trump, Miller & Pompeo: Hasty Withdrawal of Troops Could Extinguish Chance for Safe Return of Illinoisan Being Held Hostage in Afghanistan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today wrote three separate letters to President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Defense Miller urging them to take immediate action to secure the safe return of Mark Frerichs, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy … Continue Reading

November 19, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Help Peters Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 40 of their colleagues helped U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduce legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump, which created a new classification for federal employees, Schedule F. This harmful executive order would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil … Continue Reading

November 18, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos, Davis Lead Illinois Delegation In Opposing USDA Effort To End Food Stamp Program At Illinois Senior Living Facilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), today led the bipartisan Illinois Congressional Delegation on a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue opposing the Department's administrative overreach and ongoing efforts to end Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for a group of supportive living facilities (SLFs) in Illinois … Continue Reading

November 18, 2020

Duckworth, Inhofe, Moran, Capito Applaud Advancement Of Their Bill To Improve Aviation Technical Training

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA.), applauded the Commerce Committee's inclusion of their bill to improve education and training curriculum at aviation maintenance technician schools as part of S. 3969, the Aircraft Safety and Certification Reform Act of 2020, which the committee passed today. The Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act of 2019 would establish … Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

Duckworth: Trump’s Pentagon Firings & Refusal to Comply with Stable Transition Endangers Our National Security

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Speaking at the Democratic weekly leadership stakeout this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) discussed the urgent need for GOP leaders to speak out against Trump's firing of Secretary Mark Esper and other top Pentagon officials, as well as his refusal to follow precedent and engage in a smooth, stable transition of power that protects our national security during a vulnerable time. Video of her remarks is available here. Key points: "At the height of a … Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

Duckworth, Hirono, Senate Democrats Call for Trump Administration to Support Nationwide Capacity for Shipping, Handling and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines Requiring Ultra-Cold Storage

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and ten of their Senate Democratic colleagues in writing to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, urging the agencies to work with state, Tribal, territorial and local stakeholders to identify gaps in ultra-cold storage capability, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and use … Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

Duckworth Releases Statement in Response to Trump Administration's Plan to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after Donald Trump's newly appointed but unconfirmed Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced the Pentagon's plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq despite national security experts and even Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressing opposition and concern about the risks this drawdown could pose: "We all want our troops to be brought home safely, but this … Continue Reading

November 16, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues On Letter Urging McConnell To Support TPS Holders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and 23 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The letter requests that an 18 month extension of status for TPS holders be included in the December appropriations package. Like millions across the … Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

Duckworth Joins University of Chicago Veterans Day Panel to Discuss Deportation of U.S. Veterans

[CHICAGO, IL] - Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined the University of Chicago for a virtual panel today to discuss the Trump Administration's deportation of U.S. Veterans as well as her efforts to support these individuals. Duckworth was joined by moderator and part-time lecturer at UChicago's School of Social Service Administration Leora Hudak, President of Green Card Veterans Carlos Luna, deported and repatriated U.S. Veterans Miguel Perez and Hector Barajas, as … Continue Reading

November 12, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin, Warren, Democratic Colleagues Urge Armed Services Leaders to Retain Bipartisan, Bicameral Measure to Rename Military Bases and Other Assets Honoring the Confederacy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 34 of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging that they reconcile and retain the bicameral, bipartisan measure to require military … Continue Reading

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