Durbin To HHS And FDA: More Accessible And Affordable At-Home Rapid Tests Can Help Our Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra and Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Janet Woodcock to help expand rapid at-home COVID-19 testing. Durbin highlighted that despite the dramatic expansion of vaccinations by the Biden Administration, the nation's testing infrastructure remains an important and under-developed aspect of our public health emergency response. "In Sept… Continue Reading


Durbin, King, Smith, And Sinema Secure $14 Million For Open Textbook Pilot Program In Senate Appropriations Committee Annual Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senators Angus King (I-ME), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) today announced the inclusion of $14 million for the Open Textbook Pilot Program in the Senate Appropriations Committee's Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The funding includes more than $8.2 million in continuation awards to complete funding for the sec… Continue Reading


Judiciary Committee Advances Nominations Of Beth Robinson & Jennifer Sung

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nominations of Beth Robinson, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and Jennifer Sung, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Durbin delivered opening remarks highlighting the nominees' qualifications and experience. Robinson received a 10-9 vote and Sung received a 10-10 vote to advance out of Committee. Under the provisions of S. Res. 27, Leader Schumer may now file a discharge motion on Ms. Su… Continue Reading