Press Releases

04.14.21

Durbin: Clarke And Kim Are The Leaders DOJ Needs For Critical Divisions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered his opening statement during the nominations hearing for Kristen Clarke to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and Todd Kim to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). In it, Durbin said that Clarke and Kim are experienced leaders who can restore integrity and independence to the Department of Justice, … Continue Reading


04.14.21

Durbin Meets With Climate Leadership Council

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) met virtually with the Climate Leadership Council to discuss carbon pricing and climate change policy. On the call, Durbin spoke about his own legislation, America's Clean Future Fund Act. Durbin's legislation would reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the U.S. transition to a green economy by leveraging revenue raised by a carbon fee to fund a new federal agency called the Climate Change Finance Corporation. Durbin and the Climate Lea… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Releases Todd Kim's Opening Remarks Ahead Of Hearing To Be Assistant Attorney General For The Environment And Natural Resources Division

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee released Todd Kim's opening statement ahead of his nomination hearing to be U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). His nomination hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00 AM ET. Key quotes: "In my seven-and-a-half years [at ENRD], I also learned firsthand the skill, dedication, professionalism, and integrity of the career staff that work day in and day out enforcing environmental law… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Releases Kristen Clarke's Opening Remarks Ahead Of Hearing To Be Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee released Kristen Clarke's opening statement ahead of her nomination hearing to be U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Her nomination hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00 AM ET. Key quotes: "When I left DOJ, I carried the words of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall as my guide: 'Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. M… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin Slams Georgia Voting Restrictions As Deliberate Effort To Suppress Voters Of Color

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today slammed Georgia's new voting restrictions that will make it harder for Georgians of color to vote. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin criticized the provisions included in the new law that will reduce the number of drop boxes available to voters in the Atlanta area, restrict access to and implement strict voter ID requirements for absentee ballots, and make it a criminal offense to pro… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin Meets With Todd Kim, Nominee To Be Assistant Attorney General For The Environment And Natural Resources Division

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met virtually with Todd Kim, President Biden's nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. On the call, Durbin and Kim discussed their mutual commitment to environmental policy that both combats climate change and stimulates our economy. They additionally discussed Kim's pending role at the Department of Justice,… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin On Gun Violence: Are We Going To Give Up, Or Stand Up?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about the public health crisis of gun violence in Illinois and across the nation. During his speech, Durbin called for the Senate to act on common sense, constitutional steps that can reduce gun violence in America, including passing legislation to close gaps in the firearm background check system. Durbin also shared the story of one-year old Kayden Swann, who is in… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin Champions Illinois' Recently Signed Waiver To Extend Health Care Coverage For New Moms

WASHINGTON - During Black Maternal Health Week, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), in a speech on the Senate floor, today applauded the Biden Administration for approving and signing Illinois' 1115 waiver, which will extend health care coverage for new moms on Medicaid in Illinois from 60 days after pregnancy to a full year. In February 2020, Durbin and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) led 14 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Departm… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin, Duckworth & Colleagues Urge President Biden To Return To Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Murphy (D-MA), and 23 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden expressing the need to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to peacefully and effectively stem the threat of Iran's nuclear program. In the letter, the Senators emphasized the importance of also addressing Iran's taking of U.S. hostages as well as destabilization of the region … Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos, Rush Urge USDA To Finalize Conservation Program Agreement For Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), both members of the House Agriculture Committee, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize the long-awaited Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) agreement for Illinois. CREP is one of USDA's flagship conservation programs, usin… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin: We Must Ensure Our Defense Innovation Investments Allow Us To Compete With Our Adversaries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today participated in a hearing on Department of Defense (DOD) Research and Innovation. Witnesses from DOD Research and Engineering and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) testified about how to better engage DOD's technology strategy and capabilities. During the hearing, Durbin raised concerns about the rise of adversaries like Russia, China, Iran, and North … Continue Reading


04.13.21

Durbin, Maloney Introduce Bicameral Bill To Increase Access To Broadband Service For Low-Income Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) today introduced a bicameral bill that would increase access to broadband service for low-income urban and rural Americans. The Promoting Access to Broadband Act would help states increase awareness and enrollment in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline Program. The Lifeline Program helps low-income households pay for their telephone and broadband service charges by… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin, Senators Call On Department Of Interior To Restore Grand Staircase-Escalante And Bears Ears National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), wrote to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to express their strong support for President Biden's restoration of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and restoration and consideration of expanding the Bears Ears Nation… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin, Senators Call On Department Of Interior To Restore Grand Staircase-Escalante And Bears Ears National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), wrote to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to express their strong support for President Biden's restoration of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and restoration and consideration of expanding the Bears Ears Nation… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin To Senate Republicans: Don't Filibuster Solutions To Strengthen American Democracy & Our Economy

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on his Senate Republican colleagues to work with Democrats to pass critical legislation like the For The People Act-a democracy defense bill-and the American Jobs Plan-President Biden's bold plan to invest in American infrastructure and create good-paying jobs-as opposed to killing the legislation by using the filibuster. Durbin also called out dark-money special interests' influence in our g… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $65 Million Reimbursement For Illinois COVID-19 Emergency Spending

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $65.3 million in back payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) thanks to President Biden's decision to waive the 25 percent state cost share requirement for assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, Durbin and Duckworth have been calling for the federal government to cover 100 percent of the costs under the COVID-19 National Emergency Declar… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin Honors USCP Officer Billy Evans On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today honored the life and service of United States Capitol Police (USCP) Officer William "Billy" Evans, who was tragically killed on April 2 defending the Capitol building from an attacker. Durbin called Officer Evans a hero who was a familiar and friendly face to members of the Senate and staff at the Capitol. "The loss of Officer Evans is heartbreaking, and I join in praying for his family … Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin Statement On Key Department Of Homeland Security Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after the White House announced its nominations for key leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including: John Tien, nominee for DHS Deputy Secretary; and Ur Jaddou, nominee to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Senate Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over USCIS nominees. "I am pleased that President … Continue Reading


04.12.21

Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly, Underwod Applaud Biden Administration For Signing Illinois Waiver Extending Health Care Coverage For New Moms

WASHINGTON - During Black Maternal Health Week, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) today applauded the Biden Administration for approving and signing Illinois' 1115 waiver, which will extend health care coverage for new moms on Medicaid in Illinois from 60 days after pregnancy to a full year. In February 2020, Durbin and Kelly led 14 members of the Illinois Congressional… Continue Reading


04.09.21

Durbin, Illinois AFL-CIO Discuss Dream And Promise Act

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and original author of the Dream Act, today discussed the House-passed American Dream and Promise Act with members of the Illinois AFL-CIO in a conference call. "The Senate should take up and pass the Dream and Promise Act to begin fixing our nation's broken immigration system," Durbin said. "We also need to move quickly to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I'll keep working in Congress to… Continue Reading

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