Press Releases

12.03.14

Durbin Provision To Reduce Risks Of Tobacco Related Illness Among Servicemembers Included in Defense Authorization Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today applauded the inclusion of a provision in the compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that eliminates the military's price discount for tobacco products. Durbin authored a similar provision in the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year. Almost one-quarter of U.S. servicemembers smoke, and m… Continue Reading


12.02.14

Durbin Meets with Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss her nomination and issues facing the Justice Department. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she has held since 2010. "I was pleased to meet today with Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, who has a distinguished record as a federal prosecutor," Durbin said. "We spoke about issues of importance t… Continue Reading


11.25.14

Durbin To Hold Hearing On State of Civil & Human Rights In The United States

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On Tuesday, December 9th, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will hold a hearing entitled "The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States." The hearing will examine the status of key civil and human rights issues, including criminal justice reform, voting rights, and police-community relations. Following enactment of legislation like the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, bi… Continue Reading


11.25.14

Durbin, Reed Lead 40 U.S. Senators In Backing DOD Plan To Better Protect Military Families From Abusive Financial Practices

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and today led a group of 40 Senate colleagues in supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. The letter, sent to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, expresses strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fe… Continue Reading


11.24.14

Durbin Statement On FAA Review Of Security And Emergency Response Protocols At Air Traffic Control Center Facilities

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the results of a review of security and emergency response times at air traffic control facilities following the sabotage of at the air traffic control facility in Aurora, Illinois earlier this year. At the request of Durbin and other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, the Department of Transportation Inspector General is also currently c… Continue Reading


11.21.14

Durbin and Kirk Recommend Three Finalists For Next U.S. Marshal For Illinois' Northern District

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today recommended three candidates for the position of United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois to President Obama for consideration. The three finalists are, in alphabetical order: Edward Gilmore, Joel Kirch, and Russell Laine. "Today we are pleased to recommend three exceptional candidates to be the next U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois," Durbin and Kirk said. "Each brings a wealth of l… Continue Reading


11.21.14

Durbin Releases Statement On EPA Decision Not To Move Forward With Renewable Fuel Standard Proposal

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not be finalizing the volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014. Since the EPA announced the proposed rule more than a year ago, Durbin has worked with members of Illinois' agriculture community and biofuels industry to evaluate the potential impact of the proposed waiver. The EPA announc… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Durbin Statement On President Obama's Immigration Announcement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Obama's immigration announcement: "It was 511 days ago that the Senate overwhelmingly passed comprehensive, bipartisan reforms to America's broken immigration system. Since that day, this measure has languished in the House of Representatives, where Republican leaders refuse to call it for a vote. Faced with inaction, President Obama has accepted responsibility for moving this country forward and w… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Durbin Statement On Sale Of Corinthian Campuses

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Department of Education announced an agreement to sell 56 Corinthian campuses (accounting for 40,000 students) to Education Credit Management Corporation (ECMC)'s newly created "Zenith Education" non-profit. "Corinthian is Exhibit A when it comes to a for-profit school which misled its students, defrauded the government and walked away with millions of taxpayer dollars," Durbin said. "I belie… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Durbin: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Federal Judicial Nominees In Northern District 2014

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, has unanimously approved the nomination of Jorge Alonso to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Alonso was recommended by Durbin after he conducted extensive interviews with the finalists chosen by a bipartisan screening committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee also approved the nomination of John Blakey to fill a v… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Durbin Thanks Illinois Companies For SEC Conflict Minerals Transparency Report Filing

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - In letters to Illinois companies, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) thanked each for its leadership and effort to create clean supply chains which are free of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In early June, AAR Corporation, Deere and Company, Dover Corporation, IDEX Corporation, and Motorola Solutions, all submitted filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing steps to avoid purchasing minerals from armed groups that fuel the reg… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Durbin, Corker Introduce Water For The World Act of 2014

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to dramatically improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX) in the House of Representatives. "Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services sickens and kills t… Continue Reading


11.19.14

Durbin: President Should Use His Executive Authority To Fix Broken Immigration System

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a letter from Senate Democratic leadership to President Obama supporting executive authority to improve the immigration system, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the Senate Floor this morning to discuss the importance of immigration reform. Due to Republican refusal to consider the Senate bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill - which passed over a year ago in the Senate - and bring it to the House Floor for a vote, Durbin urged the President to use… Continue Reading


11.18.14

Durbin Meets With CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden for an update on the agency's ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak both domestically and abroad. A photo from today's meeting can be found here. "As the Ebola outbreak claims thousands of lives in West Africa - and two here at home - the CDC continues to demonstrate how imperative it is that our federal agencies are prepared to respond to public health crises whe… Continue Reading


11.18.14

In Meeting With Secretary Duncan, Durbin Continues To Push Better Protections For Students Wronged By Corinthian Colleges

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a meeting with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged the Department of Education to do more to protect students and taxpayers following the collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. which operates under the name "Everest College" at six campuses in Illinois located in Burr Ridge, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Merrionette Park, North Aurora and Skokie. "With its stock now trading at pennies, it seems the only investor left in this failed … Continue Reading


11.17.14

Durbin: On One Year Anniversary Of Tragic Illinois Tornado, Communities Continue To Work Together, Rebuild

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of a rare November tornado that tore through Central and Southern Illinois, causing widespread devastation and eight deaths in the state. "The people who live and work in the communities damaged by last year's storms have made incredible progress rebuilding. Thousands of volunteers have helped with the cleanup. Hearing stories of friends and neighbors - and even strangers - wo… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Child Care And Development Block Grant Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded Senate passage of a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, which provides funding to help working families with the cost of child care. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act - which passed the House of Representatives in September and will now go to President Obama for his signature - would authorize more than $15 billion in funding over 6 years for the grant program, whil… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Durbin, Preckwinkle Hold Roundtable Discussion on Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

[CHICAGO] - With the second open enrollment period for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) underway, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held a roundtable discussion at Erie Division Street Health Center with patients currently receiving ACA coverage to discuss the benefits of the program. The discussion included the importance of enrolling in coverage under the ACA, the success of Cook County's CountyCare program - a Medicai… Continue Reading


11.14.14

Durbin Statement on the Death of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after learning of the death of Jane Byrne, the first female mayor of Chicago. "When Jane Byrne moved into Cabrini Green, she proved Chicago's first woman mayor was unafraid to tackle the city's toughest problems head on. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends."… Continue Reading


11.13.14

Energy and Natural Resources Committee Passes Durbin, Kirk Bill To Study New Philadelphia As National Park

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) announced today that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bill that takes the first step toward a National Park designation for New Philadelphia, Illinois - the first town in America founded and built by a freed slave before the Civil War. The bill calls for a study of whether a National Park designation is merited. In 2012, national park visitors contributed more than $30 billion to local economies a… Continue Reading

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