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 employment opportunities.
Every issue is a disability issue, b/c our community—at 60 million strong—is beautifully diverse. That's a gift, but also a responsibility.
We must bring about a tomorrow where accessibility is the default, not an afterthought or an inconvenience.
Just to be clear, Trump wants to cut $182 billion in funding to feed hungry children and folks in need while giving his billionaire friends a tax cut.
And that’s not all: Trump also wants to kick people off of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – cutting the programs and taking coverage away from our most vulnerable Americans. Disgraceful.
🚨 Last evening, President Trump’s attorney claimed: “And if a President does something, which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”
This extreme statement has no basis in the Constitution. It is chilling in its implications. Consider a few examples of the behavior – the “kind of quid pro quo” – that Donald Trump’s lawyers are asking the Senate to agree cannot result in impeachment:
The President could exercise his constitutional authority to grant a full pardon to any person convicted of the federal crime of hacking a political rival’s email, so long as HE believes this quid pro quo will help him get elected in the public interest.
I’m disappointed @EsperDoD agrees with @realDonaldTrump that violating chapter 7.7 of the @DeptofDefense Law of War Manual (“Treatment and Handling of Enemy Military Dead”) does not warrant a reduction in rank. This threatens good order and discipline.
The @DeptofDefense Law of War Manual clearly states: “The respectful treatment of the dead is one of the oldest rules in the law of war.” It directs: “Enemy military dead must be protected from disrespectful or degrading acts” which includes “posing with bodies for photographs.”
President George Washington wisely observed that “Discipline is the soul of an army.” By preventing the chain of command from maintaining good order and discipline, Donald Trump is weakening our armed forces and risks poisoning its soul.
Today, a group of Veterans was forced to celebrate #VeteransDay in Mexico because our nation's government deported them, forbidding them from setting foot in the nation they risked their lives to defend. duckworth.senate.gov/news/press-rel…
I refuse to let them believe that everyone in government has forsaken them.
So I crossed the border to Tijuana to spend #VeteransDay with them, recognizing the sacrifices they made for the country they love.
This is Parque de la Amistad, or Friendship Park, on the border between Mexico and the United States where family members on either side can reach through the wall to greet each other.
Donald Trump’s incompetence has fatal consequences. Trump’s indefensible choice to greenlight Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria endangered U.S. forces on the ground, betrayed our Kurdish partners in Syria and strengthened ISIS.
History will reveal whether Donald Trump failed to respect our military leaders, our alliances and our honor because he is compromised, utterly corrupt or simply incompetent (or all of the above).
However, what is immediately clear is that Donald Trump’s actions only served to advance the interests of Putin, Assad, Iran and ISIS – and now witnessing the chaos, Trump feels no regret and he has not learned a single solemn lesson from his failures.
My heart breaks for the 22 people who lost their lives in #ElPaso on Saturday and for the 9 killed in #Dayton just hours later. It breaks for the hundreds who’ve lost their lives to senseless gun violence in Chicago, including this past weekend—the deadliest weekend in 2019 yet.
It’s past time we honor the lives of those lost not just with moments of silence, but with action.
Actions that strengthen our background check system and keeps weapons of war off of our streets and out of the hands of those who have no business possessing them.
But the cold, hard truth is that as long as the Senate is controlled by Mitch McConnell—and as long as @senatemajldr refuses to allow us to vote—he can block commonsense reforms.
It may surprise a lot of people but not all servicemembers who risk their lives + limbs to protect us are citizens of this great nation. Some are immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life + volunteered for service, even if it meant putting themselves in danger. 1/
Tragically, according to a new report, more than 90 Veterans have been deported over the past 5 yrs. Some of them – who wore our uniform + swore to protect us – were never offered citizenship like the law requires. That’s absolutely unacceptable. wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… 2/
.@mizamudio talked to some of these Veterans who now live in Mexico, including Miguel Perez, a Chicagoan who the Trump Admin deported. Miguel lives a few miles from the US border + suffers from service-connected PTSD, but he’s barred from accessing the VA benefits he’s earned. 3/
#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a “fan” of the Vietnam War. No one believes you were medically unfit to serve. You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time. 1/
Now, you're stealing billions from @DeptofDefense's budget to fund a wall you promised Mexico would pay for. You're failing to support military families by taking away caregiver funding. You're kicking out Americans who *are* willing to serve only because they're transgender. 2/
Sane people aren't "fans" of war—only #StableGeniuses would even think that. I’ve met many #WWII#DDay Vets. None ever said they were fans of war. They simply answered their nation’s call, regardless of what they thought. Especially during the draft—it wasn’t optional for them 3/
With Americans across the country commemorating #MemorialDayWeekend2019 by reflecting on the sacrifices made by those souls brave enough to have served in uniform, Donald Trump—who refused to serve when his nation called—is hoping we won’t notice... 1/
...that he’s sending even more of our troops into harm’s way. As if that weren’t bad enough, by circumventing the Constitution to sell additional arms to #SaudiArabia despite Congress’s bipartisan objections, Trump is continuing to escalate tensions with Iran and risking... 2/
...yet another war in the Middle East. It is unacceptable that, to this day, Trump has failed to adequately explain to the American people or to Congress—the only branch of government with the Constitutional authority to declare war—many of his decisions regarding Iran. 3/
I know firsthand the difference a teacher can make in a child’s life. While I was in high school, my dad lost his job & my family relied on food stamps to get by. I remember going to the grocery store and counting out the last five food stamps to get some baloney and white bread.
Time and again, my English teacher saved me and a few other kids from going hungry by having us stay and do work after the final bell, reaching into his own pocketbook and giving us each a few dollars to get food on our way home.
As 16-year-olds we loved him, but couldn’t understand why he made us stay after school so often. Now, I understand why he made us stay so late. He was feeding us – even on a public school teacher’s salary.
21,500+ identical, suspicious public comments just poured into @DeptVetAffairs, advocating for a rule change that many Veterans are against & raising the suspicion that a small group of ideologues are trying to manipulate where Veterans get their healthcare.
16 yrs ago today, the US-led invasion of Iraq began. All this time later, we’re still stuck in two seemingly endless wars. As I recently laid out, our troops & our nation deserve better. There are so many steps we can take to ensure our military remains the strongest in the world
Despite the President’s latest proposal, we can’t just keep throwing together huge defense budgets every year & think that’s enough.
Our power abroad stems from our strength here on U.S. soil. It’s past time we recognize that funding our domestic priorities—like education, healthcare and green energy—actually bolsters our national security.
Shameful, sexist and just plain dangerous. The Trump Admin’s #GagRule shows that it cares more about political stunts than the 2.7 million Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic, lifesaving healthcare every year. *I* was one of these Americans...
I was only able to pay for college through a heck of a lot of waitressing. But I needed to have a physical to even get that job. So I went to @PPact for that basic care, because that’s all I could afford on a student’s budget.
Donald Trump doesn’t seem to get what’s at stake. He doesn’t seem to care that he’s making it harder for predominantly low-income Americans to access the care they desperately need.
These residents have every right to be outraged: the Trump EPA is letting them down and refusing to take basic steps to determine whether thousands of families are breathing in toxic chemicals every day. chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…
I wrote to @EPA Assistant Admin Bill Wehrum urging them to update their EtO safety standards, to be more transparent with the public & to begin air quality monitoring in Lake County. We must know how serious of a public health threat these facilities pose. duckworth.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
Mr. Wehrum has spent his career putting profits ahead of the health and well-being of his fellow Americans. Stories like this are deeply concerning and are one of the reasons I placed a hold on his nomination. politico.com/story/2019/02/…
This bipartisan deal is not perfect, but it prevents another wasteful and unnecessary government shutdown that hurts our economy and holds the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of government employees and contractors hostage.
Instead of forcing federal workers and their families to once again go without pay, this deal gives them a well-deserved cost-of-living increase.
It increases our investments in infrastructure, public health and environmental safety and it provides local communities with more resources to address the opioid epidemic.
Far too many Americans are still forced to choose between having a career and taking time off to care for a newborn or tend to an ailing loved one...
Every new parent should be able to take those exhausting, emotional, irreplaceable first few weeks with their baby without having to forgo their paycheck or lose their job, just like I was fortunate enough to do last spring after giving birth to my second daughter...
No one should be fired for taking time off to care for a loved one, like my husband was after he used all of his unpaid leave to be by my hospital bedside after I was wounded in Iraq...
Tonight, we saw the same reckless rhetoric that has been a signature of Donald Trump’s presidency. Instead of attempting to unite the country and bring people together after the ridiculous and unnecessary government shutdown...
...the President played on America’s internal divisions and employed his usual xenophobic attacks on immigrants. Instead of proposing ethics reforms to clean up Washington, he asked Congress and law enforcement to stop investigating misconduct in his administration.
He missed a critical opportunity to present credible solutions to some of the serious challenges facing our country, like our crumbling infrastructure & rising health care costs. The American people are counting on their elected leaders to come together on these difficult issues.
New EPA data confirms what we have feared: Sterigenics continues to pose a threat to the health of its neighbors. While it cannot undo the damage that has already been done to families in the Willowbrook area, the EPA can act to prevent further harm to our children.
EPA must immediately tell the public whether these elevated ethylene oxide levels pose the ‘substantial and imminent threat’ to public health that, under the Clean Air Act, provides EPA with broad authority to shut down dangerous facilities.
I am also calling on EPA to investigate recent alarming allegations made by former Sterigenics employees that the company intentionally violated the law and put their own employees at risk. duckworth.senate.gov/news/press-rel…