Durbin Meets With University Of Illinois Presidents Executive Leadership Program Participants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with University of Illinois Presidents Executive Leadership Program (PELP) participants to discuss public policy at the forefront of higher education, including textbook affordability, student debt, and passing the Dream Act. During the meeting, Durbin also spoke about the need to transform the American economy to remain competitive in the 21st Century after the COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, the Senate is considering the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, the broader competitiveness package and substitute amendment to the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act.  The legislation represents the largest investment in U.S. science and technology leadership since the Apollo era.  It will authorize more than $100 billion over five years to support breakthrough scientific discovery and technological innovation in 10 key areas that are vital to building an innovation economy and winning the good-jobs race for the 21st century.

“I’m proud to have a university system leading the nation with its groundbreaking research in health and agriculture in Illinois,” said Durbin. “I remain committed to being a strong partner for the University of Illinois and its students and bringing home the federal funding that allows the institution to deliver exciting advancements and a quality education.”

A photo of the virtual meeting is available here.