Reducing the Deficit

AGENDA: Deficit Commission

America now owes over $14 trillion to our creditors. This is simply unsustainable.


Last year I served on President Obama’s Fiscal Commission, which was charged with creating a long term plan to reduce our debt. When the final recommendations were put to a vote, I voted Yes.


It was not an easy decision, and I knew then that my vote will be widely criticized by some, but I believed then that it was the right thing to do. I still do.

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"Go Big" on Deficit Reduction
November 16, 2011

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Durbin, joined by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, encouraged the Joint Committee on the Deficit Reduction to "go big" and try to find as much savings as possible. The committee is tasked with finding more than $1 trillion to cut from our nation's deficit.

Creating Jobs and Protecting the Safety Net
September 14, 2011

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a speech on the floor of the Senate, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today addressed the importance of protecting programs that help meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people and families in Illinois and around the country while reducing the deficit. Durbin also met with the CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Kate Maehr, to discuss the growing need for safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Social Security and Medicaid.

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