Press Releases

01.14.15

Durbin: Illinois Conservation Projects Receive $2.7 Million Through Farm Bill Program

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a total of $2.7 million in funding for three local conservation projects aimed at protecting wildlife and improving soil quality along waterways in Illinois. Today's funding was made available through the USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which was created in the Farm Bill that Congress passed last year. In May 2014, USDA designated both the Mi… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Lawmakers Say Child's Death Brings Urgency To Liquid-Nicotine Regulation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Last month, a one-year-old boy in Fort Plain, New York was found unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away, becoming the first child in the United States to die reportedly from liquid-nicotine poisoning. That tragedy, and too many similar close calls, has prompted U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) to reintroduce legislation they and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues authored to child-proof liquid nicotine cont… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Senators Introduce Resolution To Condemn Terrorist Attacks In France

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in France last week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and a group of bipartisan Senators in introduced a bipartisan resolution to condemn the attacks at the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The resolution also expresses condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity with the people of France, and it reaffirms the universal right o… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Durbin: We Are A Nation Of Immigrants

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today took to the U.S. Senate Floor to speak out against a House Republican effort to defund the President's immigration policies, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily halts deportations of young Americans known as "Dreamers" - immigrant students who were brought here as children by their parents and who grew up in the United States. During his speech, Durbin told the story of Sergeant Oscar Vazquez… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Durbin Joins Supporters Around The World In Calling For Unity And Peace Following Paris Terrorist Attack

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to condemn the terrorist attack on a satirical newspaper agency in Paris, France last week, and to speak in support of marchers across the globe - including those in Chicago - who have rallied in support of the principles of freedom and tolerance. This afternoon, the Senate will consider a resolution led by Durbin and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) expressing our condolences to the families o… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Durbin Congratulates Governor Bruce Rauner On Inauguration

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor to congratulate Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) on his inauguration as the 42nd governor of the state of Illinois. His full remarks are available below. "Despite the fact that we come from different political parties and despite the fact that we have many differences when it comes to the issues before us, I certainly wish our new governor, Bruce Rauner, the very best in his efforts to lead the Land of Lincoln… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Durbin, Markey, Blumenthal Call For Increased Disclosure, Transparency In New Comprehensive Report On Energy Drink Consumption

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In the latest step in their ongoing investigation into the energy drink industry, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today released a new report: "Buzz Kill: A Survey of Popular Energy Drinks Finds Majority of the Market Unwilling to Make Commitments to Protect Adolescents" that reveals that while energy drink companies have made great progress in terms of eliminating marketing and promotion activities that target childre… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Bipartisan Resolution Thanks Pope Francis For Role In Release Of Alan Gross, Improved Relations With Cuba

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced a resolution commending Pope Francis for his leadership in helping to secure the release of Alan Gross, and for working with the governments of the United States and Cuba to achieve a more positive relationship. "Pope Francis seems to find new ways every day to make the world a little better," sai… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Durbin Commends Pope Francis For His Role In Release Of Alan Gross From Cuba

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor to introduce a resolution commending Pope Francis for his leadership in helping to secure the release of Alan Gross, and for working with the governments of the United States and Cuba to achieve a more positive relationship. Full text of the resolution is available HERE. "Pope Francis seems to find new ways every day to make the world a little better," said Durbin. "Over the past 18 months, that included sensitiv… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Durbin: Illinois Projects Depend On Re-authorization Of Terrorism Risk Insurance

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Senate approved legislation to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) which provides a federal backstop for insurance coverage against losses from terrorist attacks. The legislation now goes to the President for his signature. "In Chicago - home to some of the tallest buildings in the world - many economic development projects require the reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insuran… Continue Reading


01.07.15

Durbin Condemns Terrorist Attack in Paris, France

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate Floor today to address the horrific terrorist attack on a satirical newspaper agency in Paris, France this morning. Reports have indicated that at least 12 people have been killed and the attack is the deadliest in France in at least two decades. "Through the NATO alliance and in many other ways we have worked with the people of France for common goals and common purpose. That is why we are so saddened this morning to lea… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Following Announcement Of Tuition Freeze Proposal, Durbin Meets With U Of I President-Elect Timothy Killeen

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with University of Illinois President-elect Timothy Killeen, who was named the 20th president of the University of Illinois and is expected to succeed President Robert Easter early this year. Killeen formerly served as the vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY). A photo of today's meeting is available here. "Illinois students received some great news this morni… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Durbin Honored To Represent Illinsans In Fourth Term As U.S. Senator

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement after being sworn in to his fourth term as a U.S. Senator representing Illinois. Durbin was escorted to his swearing in on the Senate floor by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and former U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). "I am honored that the people of Illinois have given me the opportunity to continue representing their interests in Washington. During my time in the Senate, I have worked to create good-pay… Continue Reading


12.22.14

Durbin, Reed To Health Secretary: More Needs To Be Done To Address Heroin Epidemic

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) led a group of twenty-one Senators today in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize programs that reduce heroin and other opioid overdose deaths in its national strategy to curb prescription drug abuse. In a letter to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Senators urged the Department to coordinate with the White House to ensure that opioid abuse prevention priorities continue to be reflected in… Continue Reading


12.22.14

Democratic Leaders Urge FDA Action, Call For State Attorneys General To Classify E-Cigarettes Under The Master Settlement Agreement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent letters to 29 State Attorneys General applauding their ongoing efforts to press the FDA to use its enforcement discretion to prevent e-cigarette manufacturers from targeting teens. The members also called on the Attorneys General to classify e-cigarettes as cigarettes under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette makers from marketing … Continue Reading


12.19.14

Durbin, Kirk Join In Support Of Scott AFB To House Critical New Defense Facility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) joined together today in sending the Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) a letter in support of housing a new NGA facility at Scott Air Force Base. "Scott Air Force Base is a cost-effective location for the facility, and situated in an incredibly strong and supportive local community in downstate Illinois," the Senators wrot… Continue Reading


12.19.14

Bipartisan James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building Bill Signed Into Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today announced that President Obama has signed into law their bipartisan legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the "James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building." "Naming a post office in Champaign is a fitting tribute to Mr. Burgess' distinguished record of service, both as part of ou… Continue Reading


12.19.14

Durbin Says ECMC's Push For Mandatory Arbitration Is Straight From For-Profit College Industry Playbook

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the Department of Education should not allow ECMC Group to include mandatory arbitration agreements in student enrollment documents. In his letter to ECMC, Durbin called the tactic "alarmingly similar" to those used by the for-profit college industry to shield themselves from being held responsible for wrongdoing while preventing students from receiving relief. His letter was also sent to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and t… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Durbin Statement On The Release Of Alan Gross, Normalization Of Relations With Cuba

[JOINT BASE ANDREWS] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement while en route to welcome home Alan Phillip Gross, an American aid worker imprisoned by the Castro regime in Cuba, and regarding President Barack Obama's announcement on the normalization of trade and travel relations with the Republic of Cuba: I'm overjoyed to welcome Alan Gross home after five long years in a Cuban prison. Alan's supposed crime was that he provided Cuba's small Jewish community with compute… Continue Reading


12.17.14

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation To Name Galesburg VA Clinic After Lane Evans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced that the President signed into law bipartisan legislation that will name the veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois the "Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic." The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House by Bustos and in the Senate by Durbin and Kirk and was supported by the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation. Evans - who repres… Continue Reading

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