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Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) took part in a roundtable at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss the Troop Talent Act of 2013. The Troop Talent Act of 2013 was introduced by Congresswoman Duckworth in the House of Representatives and Senator Kaine in the Senate.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced the winners of the 8th Congressional District Art Competition at a reception in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The first place winner was Alyssa Froehling, a Palatine High School senior, with her submission of “Symbiosis”. Froehling's art work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.
The Duckworth Diary is a weekly note from Congresswoman Duckworth that updates constituents on her work in Congress. It will include recent meetings, important votes, and other information designed to make our office more transparent and accessible to the people of the 8th district. Check back each Friday for the latest news!
Yesterday, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth returned from a House Armed Services Committee trip to the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Duckworth met with members of the American military and leaders in the Afghan government.
Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth applauded President Obama for approving the State of Illinois’ application for federal funding to help with flood recovery. The Major Disaster Declaration will trigger the release of federal funds to help communities recover from the Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds and Flooding that occurred between April 16 and May 5.
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Duckworth is cosponsor of the Student Loan Relief Act of 2013 (U.S. House Bill 1595) that would put a temporary freeze on the interest rate hike on student loans.
Certain student loan interest rates are set to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, come July 1.