First Woman War Veteran Sworn In As US Senator
While the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, goes about slamming the US Intelligence and law enforcement agencies for “delaying” a briefing on the “Russian hacking”, the process has already begun for elected members of the states to be inducted into the Senate. Among them is Tammy Duckworth, the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman elected to the US House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress who was born in Thailand. Member of the Democratic party, she also just became the first female combat veteran to be elected to the Senate.
Duckworth, who lost both of her legs during the Iraq War, was sworn in by Vice-President Joe Biden. Speaking to NBC News at her swearing-in ceremony, she said, “There are some Democratic priorities that are also Republican priorities and I don’t know if all them are also Donald Trump priorities…there must be a way for the three Venn diagrams to match up.” Duckworth also stressed on the fact that if hardworking families are targeted, she’s prepared to fight for what’s right, including the affordable healthcare package which is been debated to be repealed.
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The senator had spent her post-military career in aiding other veterans. This included coming up with a tax incentive plan which encouraged companies to hire veterans, she started a veteran crisis hotline and developed programmes to improve veterans access to healthcare and housing. One of the US’s 21 women senators, Duckworth is now also a member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
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