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Mar 16 7 tweets 2 min read
Wondering if you're eligible for the second half of the American Rescue Plan's expanded Child Tax Credit? Unsure what the expanded Child Tax Credit is?

Here’s a quick breakdown of what it is, how to see if you're eligible and everything you need to know ahead of Tax Day🧵 2/7: First, what is the expanded Child Tax Credit?

Thanks to the hard work of Democrats, the American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit to provide eligible families up to $3,600 for kids up to age 5—and $3,000 for kids ages 6-17—to help support them through the pandemic.
Nov 12, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Today is my Alive Day, the 17th anniversary of the day I probably should’ve died in a dusty field in Iraq after our Blackhawk was shot out of the sky—but didn’t. Photo of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and her crew’s Black When that RPG tore through the cockpit of the helicopter I was co-piloting, it took my legs, partial use of my right arm and nearly my life. I wouldn’t have lasted the hour if it weren’t for my buddies who refused to leave me behind.
Jan 22, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Unreal. I can’t believe that the same brave servicemembers we’ve been asking to protect our Capitol and our Constitution these last two weeks would be unceremoniously ordered to vacate the building. I am demanding answers ASAP. They can use my office. I meant ASAP when I said it. Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.
Nov 20, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
It has been painful—downright unbearable—to watch this president and his enablers try to systematically tear down our democracy with falsehoods and unfounded, illogical conspiracies. Make no mistake—what Trump and his team are doing, all of the baseless attacks and conspiracy theories, will have long-lasting, tragic impacts on our country. They're sowing doubt in millions of Americans' minds that this wasn't a fair or secure election, when we know it was.
Nov 18, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I wouldn't be where I am today without my teachers.

This #AmericanEducationWeek and throughout COVID-19, I see that same selfless kindness in our educators, social workers, support staff and parents who are working overtime to help students navigate online learning. When I was in high school, my family relied on food stamps. But sometimes, those food stamps wouldn't last through the week.

Luckily for me, sometimes my English teacher would keep a bunch of us after school—and after a while he’d reach into his own pockets and say:
Nov 13, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Let's be clear—the upheaval at the @DeptofDefense is a threat to our national security.

On his way out the door, Trump and his enablers seem determined to destabilize our military and put our country at risk.

All at a critical time of transition. Joe Biden will be our next president.

And the instability and lack of coordination from Donald Trump and his administration not only hurts President-elect Biden’s ability to prepare, but it projects weakness to actors around the world who might want to take advantage.
Nov 12, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Today is my Alive Day, the anniversary of the day I almost died but didn’t.

On this day 16 years ago, an RPG tore through the cockpit of the Blackhawk I was co-piloting, taking my legs and partial use of my right arm with it. I still remember the rain coming down that morning and the taste of my lunch that afternoon.

But most of all, I remember the scorching heat and deafening roar of the RPG that shot my buddies and I out of the sky.
Nov 7, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
This election was a testament to the strength and integrity of our nation’s democratic process, and now is the moment for true leaders in the Republican Party to condemn any and all efforts to undermine confidence in the legitimacy of these results. More than 140 million people—including servicemembers stationed overseas whose votes are still being counted in many states—made their voices heard during this historic election.
Sep 19, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
There are no words to adequately express just how devastated and heartbroken I am to learn of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only did our nation lose a brilliant jurist, we lost a hero. She was a 5’1” giant who gave a voice to girls and women everywhere and moved the needle forward in our long fight toward justice and equality for all.
Jul 26, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I owe more than I can say to the thousand activists who came together 30 years ago—the dozens who got out of their wheelchairs & crawled up the 83 steps of the Capitol—to demand that Congress give Americans with disabilities the basic rights our Constitution promised. 4 months later, #OTD, the ADA became law. But even as we celebrate all the great progress made in the last 3 decades this #ADA30, we haven’t gone nearly far enough.

In transportation.
In housing.
In education.
In healthcare.
In employment opportunities.
Jun 27, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
First, Donald Trump encouraged Russia to interfere in our democracy, and they did.

Now, Russia is secretly paying militants to *kill* U.S. troops. Trump has known for months but apparently done nothing to stop them. Meanwhile, he's helping Russia's effort to rejoin the G7. Donald "America First" Trump is literally placing Russian interests ahead of American lives, and Republicans do nothing.

Putting party before country doesn't just empower Trump to continue serving his own interests, it can cost American lives too.
May 10, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Right now, moms are working harder than ever -- juggling work, homeschooling, parenting & more.

Today on #MothersDay, let's remember that & give them all the love & appreciation those hardworking moms deserve. I recently spoke w/@washingtonpost about what my experience has been during quarantine as a working mom. Honestly, I—like all parents—still worry and have self-doubt about whether I’m doing enough. Is my 5-year old going to be ready for kindergarten? Is that going to be my fault?
Apr 22, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
During this #NationalVolunteerWeek, I'm proud of everyone who has stepped up to help out their communities in this time of need during #COVID19, including several members of my team. Here are some of the ways they've been giving back: In Springfield, Cameron spends a few mornings a week delivering breakfasts and lunches to kids from her local school district whose caregivers don’t have access to transportation to pick up their meals.
Apr 21, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
The stress and uncertainty we’re all experiencing right now aren't easy, and there’s no shame in saying the measures we’re taking to prevent the spread of #COVID19 can be painful. Financial stress, health concerns & isolation are difficult & may leave us feeling helpless. Physically distancing ourselves doesn’t have to mean we’re socially isolated – connecting with friends & loved ones is more important than ever right now – and it’s important we all #BeThere for ourselves and one another.
Apr 21, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
America’s Governors in some of the hardest hit states are working around the clock to secure critical equipment for our healthcare heroes working on the frontlines during the deadly #COVID19 pandemic. This rhetoric from Trump isn’t only offensive, it’s counterproductive. Democratic and Republican Governors alike are simply asking that the Trump administration act with competence and urgency to help them marshal the resources to effectively respond to the #COVID19 public health crisis.
Apr 16, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
For the sake of all Americans who have lost their lives to #COVID19—and the countless more that will succumb—I wish Trump had been as eager to prepare our country for this pandemic as he is to rush towards normalcy when his own experts are warning "we’re not there yet." As a member of this task force, I will do everything in my power to remind Trump of his responsibility to protect public health.

He needs to stop blaming others for his Admin’s failures, ensure universal access to testing & expand contact tracing efforts duckworth.senate.gov/news/press-rel…
Apr 14, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Every day, every hour, every minute, heroic frontline healthcare workers—and the legion of support staff that enable them—are risking their health&lives while responding to the deadly #COVID19 pandemic. Congress *must* prioritize delivering support to these brave heroes ASAP. 1/5 Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans AND the Trump administration all support adding an additional $250 billion to the @SBAgov’s #PaycheckProtectionProgram. There is *no* debate over helping small businesses… 2/5
Apr 1, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
I voted to pass the bipartisan #CARESAct & create the #PaycheckProtectionProgram (PPP) to provide nearly $350 BILLION in forgivable loans to help #SmallBusinesses pay employees during the #COVID19 pandemic. PPP Info & application form are now online: home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/… (1/5) Illinois #SmallBusiness & sole proprietorships can begin applying for PPP loans from approved lenders THIS FRIDAY (4/3). Independent contractors & the self-employed can begin on 4/10. Get a head start on filling out the online application form here: home.treasury.gov/system/files/1… (2/5)
Mar 23, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Right before Mitch McConnell went to the Senate floor to inaccurately blame Democrats for holding up the #COVIDー19 stimulus over what he feels are unrelated issues, Republicans secretly added a poison pill to their proposal that would *punish* health care providers… 1/5 ...that provide critical services to people w/disabilities, the elderly—& even victims of rape & abuse—by denying providers that receive Medicaid funding the same much-needed assistance that other small businesses will receive. #COVID19 2/5
Mar 22, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Struggling workers need help today & they deserve to have their jobs protected tomorrow. First responders & hospitals need personal protective equipment & resources immediately. Our nation faces a public health &economic crisis on a scale few if any of us have ever seen before... Instead of doing the right thing during the #COVID19 pandemic, Senate Republicans are pushing to give the Trump Administration a Mnuchin-controlled slush fund with virtually no oversight, and using the stock market and American lives as leverage.
Mar 21, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
Unfortunately, Donald Trump’s empty words once again haven’t led to any meaningful action. Lives are on the line, and Trump’s stubborn refusal to use the #DefenseProductionActNow to further ramp up production of #PersonalProtectiveEquipment & ventilators is a dereliction of duty. Trump’s dithering response & refusal to exercise the #DefenseProductionAct to marshal a full-scale mobilization will result in fewer ventilators being produced. Bottom line: because of this, many Americans who otherwise could have been saved will die.