Press Releases

04.28.15

Durbin, Waters Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Students' Legal Rights

[WASHINGTON, DC] - On the heels of the closure of Corinthian Colleges, one of the most fraudulent and harmful for-profit college institutions in U.S. history, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) have introduced legislation designed to strengthen students' rights and protections under our court system. The bill, entitled the Court Legal Access & Student Support (CLASS) Act, prohibits any school receiving student aid funding from the Department of Educa… Continue Reading


04.27.15

Durbin, Sanders Lead Call for Living Wage for Senate Employees

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Mark Warner (D-VA) today sent a letter to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) calling for contractors who do business with the United States Senate to pay their employees a living wage and provide fair health care and other benefits. The Senate Rules Committee is responsible for … Continue Reading


04.27.15

Durbin Calls for Stronger Regulations to Protect Youth from E-Cigarette Products

[CHICAGO] - Following a recent report that found e-cigarette use among middle and high school students has not only surpassed conventional tobacco use for the first time, but has tripled in just one year, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize common sense regulations to protect young people from the dangers of these products. This week marks the one year anniversary of the FDA's proposed rule to extend its regulatory authority over unr… Continue Reading


04.26.15

Durbin Statement on Corinthian Colleges Announcement of Final Campus Closures

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after learning that Corinthian Colleges, Inc. will close its 28 remaining campuses effective tomorrow. Up until today, these campuses had continued to participate in the Title IV federal education funding program. "Finally, we see the end of this rotten company, but there are still thousands of students who may never see the end of the damage Corinthian has caused if the Department of Education doesn't move q… Continue Reading


04.23.15

FDA Issues Warnings On Mislabeled Supplements Following Senators' Call To Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) welcomed action taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today in response to their letter calling for increased scrutiny of dietary supplements containing "acacia rigidula" which is often used on dietary supplement labels to mask the inclusion of BMPEA - a potentially dangerous synthetic stimulant. Earlier today, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies regarding eight products which list BMPEA as… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Durbin Pleased That Proposed Industrial Waste facility At Clinton Landfill Won't Go Forward

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement after learning that the company, Area Disposal, has dropped plans to locate an industrial waste facility at Clinton Landfill and to dispose of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) above the Mahomet Aquifer. On March 11, following Senator Durbin's urging, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially designated the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer entitling it to special protections. A copy of Sena… Continue Reading


04.23.15

As EPA Finalizes Rule, Durbin, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call For A Strong Renewable Fuel Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize the proposed rule on biofuels volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard; the latest proposal would create uncertainty for biodiesel producers and undermine job creation In a letter to the EPA, the senators urged the agency to reverse course from the 2014 proposed rule and maintain a strong RFS to drive innovation and growth in America's economy while helping reduce our dependence on foreign oil [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As the … Continue Reading


04.23.15

Durbin, Sessions Statement On Labor Department Response To Call For Investigation Into Abuses Within H-1B Visa Program

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) released the following statement regarding the Department of Labor's response to concerns raised by the senators about reports of U.S. companies using the H-1B visa program to cut wage costs by laying off American workers. On April 9th, Durbin and Sessions led a bipartisan group of ten United States Senators in calling on three federal agencies-the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Durbin Statement On Confirmation Of Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States: Loretta Lynch is without question one of the finest cabinet nominees I've had the privilege to vote for during my time in the Senate. She is extraordinarily qualified for the job and will be an exceptional Attorney General. That her nomination was delayed by Senate Republicans for a record 167 days is… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Senators: Education Secretary Must Shine A Light On For-profit College Loophole That Harms Veteran And Military Students And Taxpayers

Call for Department to include Post-9/11 GI Bill and DOD education funding in published 90/10 data Now-Collapsed Corinthian Colleges received $186 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill funding alone [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Among the top for-profit recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill funds, seven of the eight companies are currently under investigation for deceptive and misleading recruiting or other possible violations of state and federal law. Yet, as 20 Senators pointed out today in a letter to Education S… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Senators: Education Secretary Must Shine A Light On For-profit College Loophole That Harms Veteran And Military Students And Taxpayers

Now-Collapsed Corinthian Colleges received $186 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill funding alone [WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Among the top for-profit recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill funds, seven of the eight companies are currently under investigation for deceptive and misleading recruiting or other possible violations of state and federal law. Yet, as 20 Senators pointed out today in a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, there are no limits on the amount of federal funding that for-profit colleges … Continue Reading


04.22.15

Durbin Meets With Will County Officials To Discuss Local Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Will County Board who were in Washington, D.C. for their annual fly-in. Durbin and the group discussed local economic development issues, local transportation priorities, and manufacturing partnerships. A photo of today's meeting will be available shortly here. "The Will County Board serves as an important local voice for the business and community interests of the entire region," Durbin said. "This year, as Cong… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Durbin Introduces Bill To Improve Healthcare Services At Local Jails

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With 64 percent of jail inmates suffering from mental health problems - and even more enduring short or long-term physical health conditions - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation today to improve mental and other healthcare services at local jails by expanding the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to include county and municipal correctional facilities. As many of these inmates return to disadvantaged neighborhoods after their sentences, growing healthc… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage Of Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate voted unanimously to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: There are few crimes as insidious as human trafficking. This bill will help the victims reclaim and rebuild their lives. The overwhelming Senate vote is a strong statement to protect the human rights of the victims of this heinous crime. -30-… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Durbin Announces A Nearly $838,000 Investment In Illinois first-Responder Capabilities

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded grants totaling $837,960 to six communities in Illinois. Today's funding will support and improve the capability of each department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies. "This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation's firefighters and first-re… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Senator Meets With Fermi Director To Discuss Support For National Lab And Funding For Science Research

[WASHINGTON, DC] - After addressing the steady decline in federal research investment during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense earlier today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Dr. Nigel Lockyer to discuss the importance of continued federal funding for scientific research and development programs. "As one of our top national laboratories, Fermilab is home to some of America's best and brightest researcher… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Durbin, Graham, Kaine, McCain Urge President To Establish Humanitarian Safe Zones In Syria

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ) today sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to immediately establish and enforce humanitarian safe zones to protect civilian lives and supply lines for food, water, and medical supplies. "With the brutal Syrian conflict entering its fifth year, the Syrian people are facing a humanitarian nightmare of unspeakable proportions," the senators wrote. "More than 200,000 Syrians have … Continue Reading


04.21.15

Durbin Hosts Emanuel, Illinois Members At Delegation Coffee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an Illinois Congressional Delegation Coffee. During the coffee, Emanuel and delegation members discussed various Illinois priorities including transportation, infrastructure, and education. Today's coffee was attended by five members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Repres… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Durbin Meets With Northwestern President To Discuss Funding For Biomedical, Scientific Breakthroughs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro to discuss higher education issues and support for federally funded biomedical and science research. Durbin introduced two bills - the American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act - earlier this year to support the future of biomedical and basic science research. Major research universities like Northwestern - which has endorsed the legislation - have felt the impact of a decades-l… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Durbin, Murphy, Cartwright Introduce Legislation To Meet Demand For High-Quality Prosthetic Care For Veterans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) will join U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright today to introduce two bills to improve orthotics and prosthetics care for the nation's service members and veterans. The legislation would enhance research in best practices and support colleges and universities seeking to establish degree programs to train specialists. "Illinois is in the lead when it comes to prosthetic and orthotic training and research," Durbin said… Continue Reading

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