Press Releases

10.22.20

Durbin-Sullivan Due Process Protections Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today released the following statements after S. 1380, the Due Process Protections Act, was signed into law. Durbin and Sullivan introduced the bill to help ensure that federal prosecutors respect the constitutional right of defendants to access favorable and potentially exculpatory evidence. "The Due Process Clause is enshrined in our Constitution as a check against government overreach, but there are inadequate safeguards … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin To Vote Against President Trump's Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that he will vote against President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and will not participate in this Thursday's Judiciary Committee markup due to Republicans' repeated violations of the Committee's rules in their haste to rush through this nomination: "President Trump and Republicans are violating every tradition in the Senate to… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin On McConnell COVID-19 Bill: An Effort To Find Political Cover, Not Real Help

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) partisan COVID-19 relief proposal as "an effort that throws that five-foot rope to a man drowning 30 feet from shore," and spoke about the importance of helping unemployed and uninsured Americans, hospitals and health clinics, state and local governments, schools, and small businesses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin also urged Leader McConnell to start negotiating… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin Presses SSA To Explain COVID-19 Reopening Strategies In Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide information on its plan to safely reopen facilities and resume operations nationwide and in Chicago, Illinois. In a letter to SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul, Durbin urged the agency work to ensure that any effort to reopen facilities be based on scientific data and incorporate a clear and comprehensive operations plan to protect employees and their families. "I have received concerning… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Democrats To Attorney General Barr: Drop Lawsuit To Gut The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 17 Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to rescind its support of the Supreme Court lawsuit brought by 18 Republican state Attorneys General that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the Senators highlight how health insurance protections for millions of Americans are at stake in … Continue Reading


10.20.20

Durbin Presses Trump Administration On Dismal Refugee Resettlement Goal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today on a call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli pressed the Trump Administration on its dismal refugee resettlement goal of merely 15,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, the lowest target in history. Prior to any presidential determination o… Continue Reading


10.20.20

Durbin: Senate Republican's Partisan COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is Half-Hearted And Half-Inspired

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) partisan COVID-19 relief proposal as "half-hearted" and "half-inspired," and spoke about the importance of helping unemployed and uninsured Americans, hospitals and health clinics, state and local governments, and small businesses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin also urged Leader McConnell to start negotiating in good faith - as the Senate did in March when it pas… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Durbin Joins Illinoisans To Highlight What Is At Stake If The ACA Is Struck Down By The Supreme Court

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference at the International Union of Operating Engineers to discuss the Supreme Court nomination and what is at stake if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were to be struck down. Durbin was joined by two Illinoisans with pre-existing conditions who shared their stories highlighting the importance of the protections provided by the ACA. "We are in the middle of a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 217,000 Americans and infected more th… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Durbin Urges FDA To Enhance E-Cigarette Transparency & Enforcement, Publish List Of Product Applications

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strongly enforce its own regulations to protect kids from addictive e-cigarettes by publishing a list of products that submitted premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs), and remove products that did not submit PMTAs. After years of delayed regulatory oversight, which fueled the explosion in youth e-cigarette use, FDA finally required e-cigarette PMTAs to be submitted for review on September 9. … Continue Reading


10.15.20

Durbin: Affordable Care Act, Women's Right To Privacy & Choice, Election Integrity At Stake With This Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON - On the fourth day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today reiterated what is at stake with this Supreme Court nomination, including the Affordable Care Act, the right to privacy and choice, and the outcome of the election. "We know that this process is really stacked-the President told us so, repeatedly. Where we can't get a direct answer from the nominee,… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Durbin Highlights Montgomery, Illinois Family's Health Care Story As Fourth Day Of Supreme Court Nomination Hearing Begins

WASHINGTON - As the fourth day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett begins today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shared the health care story of Nate Lau, 8, from Montgomery, Illinois, who has relied upon protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to access critical health care treatments. At three months old, Nate was diagnosed with a condition known as biliary atresia that causes scarring a… Continue Reading


10.14.20

Durbin: Army Corps Gives Final Approval To Begin Quincy Bay Restoration Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after being informed by the Army Corps that the Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division has approved the Quincy Bay Restoration Project to receive federal funding through the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program: "I know how important this project is for Quincy and today's news is a major step forward in the effort to restore the Bay. This project will reverse the impact that sedimenta… Continue Reading


10.14.20

Durbin: Affordable Care Act, Gun Safety Laws, Voting Rights, Election Integrity At Stake With This Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON - On the third day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, once again emphasized the dangerous repercussions of filling this judicial vacancy without voters' input as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) just one week after the November 3, 2020, election. Durbin shared the health care story of Buffalo G… Continue Reading


10.14.20

Durbin Highlights Buffalo Grove Resident's Health Care Story As Third Day Of Supreme Court Nomination Hearing Begins

WASHINGTON - As the third day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett begins today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shared the health care story of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, resident Jared Ray, who has relied upon protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to access lifesaving health care treatments. Earlier this year, Jared, 20, began experiencing increasingly severe headaches. After a month of s… Continue Reading


10.13.20

During First Day Of Questioning, Durbin Highlights What Is At Stake With Nomination Of Judge Barrett To The Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - On the second day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today once again emphasized the dangerous repercussions of filling this judicial vacancy without voters' input as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) just one week after the November 3, 2020, election. Durbin shared the health care story of th… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Durbin Highlights Naperville Family's Health Care Story As Second Day Of Supreme Court Nomination Hearing Begins

WASHINGTON - As the second day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett begins today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shared the health care story of the Williams family from Naperville, Illinois, who have relied upon protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to access health care. Cathy and Les Williams have four sons. Their eldest, Matt, is 27 and was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes when he was… Continue Reading


10.12.20

Durbin To Highlight Chicagoland Family's Health Care Story During First Day Of Supreme Court Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON - On the first day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will share the health care story of his constituent, Kenny Murray, who is able to get the care he needs through protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sue and Ken Murray's second child, Kenny, was diagnosed in utero with multiple complex congenital heart defects. Before his first birthday,… Continue Reading


10.12.20

Durbin: The Affordable Care Act Is At Stake In This Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON - On the first day of the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called out Senate Republicans' reversal on filling a Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year and argued it is a thinly-veiled effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after numerous failed attempts to undo the law in Congress. Durbin emphasized the dangerous repercussions of filli… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Durbin Cosponsors Legislation To Make Payroll Tax Deferral Optional, Including for Military Members And Federal Employees

SPRINGFIELD - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in announcing legislation to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump optional for any worker whose employer chooses to participate, including federal employees and service members. The legislation, which can be found here, is cosponsored by more than 14 of the Senators' colleagues. "Because Fortune 500 companies and state governments are rejecting President Trump's poorly thought-out pa… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Durbin To Cornyn: Following Bombshell Report, Senate Must Hold A Hearing On Trump Administration's Family Separation Policy

SPRINGFIELD-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today called on U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, to immediately hold hearings in the Subcommittee on the Trump Administration's disastrous zero-tolerance policy, which has forcibly separated thousands of infants, toddlers, and children from their parents at our southern border. Durbin, in a letter to Cornyn, calle… Continue Reading

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