Press Releases

01.29.15

Video: Bipartisan Senators Introduce Freedom To Travel To Cuba Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jerry Moran (R-KS),Tom Udall (D-NM), John Boozman (R-AR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mike Enzi (R-WY) today introduced theFreedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015. The bill will end restrictions in laws enacted in 1996 and 2000 on travel by American citizens and legal residents to Cuba-restrictions that do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world. The bill will also end res… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Bipartisan Senators To Announce Legislation On Cuban Embargo

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]-On Thursday, U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Udall (D-NM), and John Boozman (R-AR) will announce new legislation on U.S.-Cuban policy. This will be the first legislative announcement in the Senate since the Obama Administration announced its changes of policy on December 17th, 2014. WHAT: Announcement of new legislation on U.S.-Cuban policy WHEN: Thursday, January 29th 2015 at 11:45am … Continue Reading


01.28.15

50 Years After Landmark Legislation, Durbin Calls Attention To Voting Rights During Nomination Hearing For New Attorney General

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and top Democrat on the Constitution Subcommittee, today raised concerns regarding voting rights and criminal justice reform with Loretta Lynch, who is nominated to be Attorney General of the United States, during the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on her nomination. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she has held since… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Durbin, Delauro Introduce Legislation Establishing A Single Food Agency

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015, which would create a single, independent food safety agency. Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice guides industry, retailers and consumers. Durbin and DeLauro introduced similar legislation in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2007. "The fragmented nature of our food safety system has left… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Durbin Introduces Legislation To Preserve America's Global Leadership By Investing In Breakthrough Biomedical Research

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - With a decline in federal biomedical research threatening our global competitiveness, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the American Cures Act to support the future of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense Health Program (DHP), and the Veterans Medical & Prosthetics Research Program. Durbin first introduced this legislation during the previous Congress last year. "Just one week ago, … Continue Reading


01.28.15

Durbin, Delauro To Hold Press Call Announcing Bill To Create Single Food Safety Agency

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will hold a press conference call TODAY at 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET announcing their bill to create a single food safety agency. Durbin and DeLauro previewed their bill in an op-ed last week. The Safe Food Act of 2015 would create a single, independent federal food safety agency. Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice gu… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Durbin Meets With Air Force Chief Staff To Discuss Illinois Installations

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. During the meeting, General Welsh and Durbin - who also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees discretionary spending for our nation's military, including bases - discussed the long-term future of Illinois' Air Force installations. A photo of today's meeting is available here. "Illinois has long played an important role in our nation's … Continue Reading


01.27.15

Durbin, Delauro To Hold Press Call Announcing Bill To Create Single Food Safety Agency

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will hold a press conference call tomorrow at 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET announcing their bill to create a single food safety agency. Durbin and DeLauro previewed their bill in an op-ed last week. The Safe Food Act of 2015 would create a single, independent federal food safety agency. Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice … Continue Reading


01.27.15

Durbin: Reject House Republican Efforts To Hold Homeland Security Funding Hostage Over Anti-Immigration Amendments

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With just one month until the short-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security expires, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to call on the Senate to reject House Republican efforts to create an artificial funding crisis in an attempt to force the Senate to accept extreme anti-immigrant amendments that they have attached to the Homeland Security appropriations bill. "So what are these policies that the House Republicans feel so stro… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Durbin Honors 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks On The Senate Floor

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to honor Chicago Cubs legend and baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who passed away last Friday night at the age of 83. In 2013, Banks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the White House, the highest honor given to civilians in the United States. Durbin recommended Banks be considered for the award and a photo from the reception following the White House ceremony is available HERE. Video of Durbi… Continue Reading


01.24.15

Durbin Statement On The Passing Of Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the death of Ernie Banks: "I am saddened to learn of the passing of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. 'Mr. Cub' was so much more than a great hitter and Gold Glove fielder. His infectious love for the game of baseball was matched only by his passion for the people of Chicago."When I called the White House and asked the President to consider a Medal of Freedom for Ernie Banks, I felt that his impressive… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Durbin Meets With Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the newly confirmed Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy today to discuss public health priorities. Durbin was a strong supporter of Dr. Murthy during his confirmation process, praising him for his dedication to fighting obesity, tobacco related illness, and other chronic diseases. A photo of today's meeting is available HERE. Durbin's Floor Speech in support of Dr. Murthy's confirmation is available HERE. "As we've seen last year, health… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Durbin, Illinois Mayors Discuss 2015 Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with mayors from across Illinois who are in Washington, D.C. for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. Durbin discussed 2015 priorities including transportation and infrastructure initiatives, helping working families, marketplace fairness and local economic development. "The Illinois mayors and local leaders who are here in Washington today represent an important voice for each of their communities, cities and townships back home,"… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin Releases Video Statement Following The State Of The Union Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a video statement today following President Obama's State of the Union address. Footage of Senator Durbin's statement is available for download by TV stations high definition HERE and standard definition HERE. Audio of Senator Durbin's statement is available HERE. In what has become an annual tradition, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted an Illinois servicemember as his guest for the President's State of th… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin Statement On President Obama's State Of The Union Address

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address: Few people can make the case for strengthening America's middle class like President Obama. Tonight, the President laid out a vision for our country that puts working families first, and I couldn't agree more. The President called on Congress to expand access to college and make it more affordable for millions of students across the country. His … Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin Meets With Illinois Veteran & Caregiver Who Will Be His Guests For The State Of The Union

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with retired Air Force Captain Anthony "Tony" Simone and his wife, Andrea who will be his guests for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address later this evening. Durbin first met Captain Simone and Andrea in 2013 at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Maywood, Illinois, where Captain Simone receives medical care and Andrea is a member of the caregivers community. Captain Simone and Andrea will also attend the Secretary of the … Continue Reading


01.20.15

Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Terrorist Attacks In France

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution to condemn the tragic terrorist attacks at the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris. The resolution, authored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and a group of bipartisan Senators, expresses condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity with the people of France, and reaffirms the universal right of freedom of expression.… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin, Reed, Levin, Doggett Re-Introduce Corporate Inversions Act Of 2015

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) in re-introducing the Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2015, which aims to stop business practices known as inversions - corporate deals that allow U.S. companies to move their tax domicile overseas to evade U.S. taxes. "We've heard this story over and over. Profitable corporations finding a loophole in the tax code to avoid their t… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin Will Host Illinois Veteran & Caregiver For Tomorrow's State Of The Union

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In what has become an annual tradition, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will host an Illinois servicemember or veteran as his guest for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Retired Air Force Captain Anthony "Tony" Simone will also be joined by his wife, Andrea, who has served as Tony's caregiver since he suffered a traumatic brain injury while on his third deployment. Durbin first met Captain Simone and Andrea in 2013 at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Maywo… Continue Reading


01.20.15

Durbin Statement On Congressional Delegation To Cuba

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after returning from the first congressional delegation visit to Cuba since the United States announced its change of policy: "We had a very productive trip. The changes to America's Cuba policy announced by President Obama last month marked the beginning of a new chapter in American foreign policy. Reestablishing travel and trade relations will mean real benefits for people in Illinois and across the country,… Continue Reading

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