Press Releases


Durbin Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

SPRINGFIELD-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida early this morning: "This morning's mass shooting was the worst in American history. 50 people were massacred and dozens more injured when a heavily armed man opened fire on innocent people. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims and their loved ones, and I stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and across America. These mass shootings follow … Continue Reading


Durbin, Senators Urge TSA to Implement Measures to Protect Rail and Transit Passengers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and twelve other Senate Democrats in calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take immediate action to implement security recommendations mandated in the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. In a letter to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, the senators expressed concern over the safety of our nation's rail and transit systems in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks in March. They also emphasized t… Continue Reading


Durbin, Emanuel Announce More Than $56.5 Million in DOT Grants for Chicago Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded more than $56.5 million dollars in grants for runway construction and improvement projects at Chicago airports. Under this announcement, O'Hare International Airport will receive Department of Transportation grants totaling $45 million dollars to pay for runway construction, taxi lighting, and signage. Midway International Airport will receive $11,790,715 … Continue Reading


Durbin Announces New Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today unveiled new legislation to combat the volume of addictive painkillers on the market and improve prescribing practices as the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic continues to rock communities across Illinois and the country. The Addiction Prevention and Responsible Opioid Practices Act (A-PROP Act), which Durbin will formally introduce in the Senate next week, would curb the number of opioids flooding the market, increase accountability to en… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls on Mastercard to Explain Penalty Fee That Hurts Competition

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on MasterCard to explain a fee it has created to penalize certain banks and credit unions that issue their cards. On Tuesday, Durbin called on Visa to defend a similar penalty fee. A day later, it was reported that Visa intended to cancel the fee. Similar to Visa's fee, this MasterCard fee would impose a significant penalty on card issuers that conduct transactions with MasterCard's competitors. "This raises troubling questions about the fee's i… Continue Reading


Durbin: Senate Committee Approves Study of One-Size-Fits-All Cancer Medication that Costs Patients & Taxpayers Billions

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, approved a comprehensive study of one-size-fits-all drug vial sizes by the Institutes of Medicine in coordination with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The study was approved as part of the FY2017 Labor Health and Human Servic… Continue Reading


Durbin, Leahy Lead Call for Halt to Immigration Raids Targeting Central American Women and Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today led 24 Senate Democrats calling for an end to deportation raids targeting families and unaccompanied minors who have fled the rampant violence in Central America's Northern Triangle. In a letter to President Obama, the senators also urged the Administration to designate Guatemala and re-designate El Salvador and Honduras for temporary protected status (TPS), allowing individuals from those countries to legally remain in… Continue Reading


Durbin, Senators to State Dept and Pentagon: Protect U.S. Service Members, Civilians Living Abroad from Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 21 Senate Democrats in urging the Departments of State and Defense to continue taking measures to protect American servicemembers, civilians, and their families serving and living abroad from the growing threat of Zika. In a letter to Secretaries John Kerry and Ashton Carter, the senators expressed concern over a recent Pentagon report revealing that as of May 20th, 11 servicemembers, 4 dependents, and 2 retirees had contracted the virus since … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Announcement that Visa Will Cancel Anti-Competitive Fee

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin released the following statement after Visa announced that they will cancel a new fee that imposes a significant penalty on credit and debit card issuers-often small banks and credit unions-that see their business shift from Visa to competing card networks. On Tuesday, Durbin called on Visa to defend the new fee. Senator Durbin's staff had initially alerted Visa to the Senator's concerns about the fee in a May 17 meeting with Visa representatives. On Tuesda… Continue Reading


Durbin Hosts Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Bipartisan Senators

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today convened a meeting of bipartisan senators, including Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro to discuss a number of issues in Latin America, including the need for a political resolution to deteriorating events in Venezuela, the ongoing electoral impasse in Haiti, and the critical work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. "I've been impres… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Durbin Amendment to Protect Medical Research for Service Members, Military Families, and Veterans

WASHINGTON-The Senate today voted 66-32 to pass a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect medical research in the Department of Defense. For more than twenty years, the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has achieved medical research breakthroughs for service members, military families, and veterans. But two provisions inserted into this year's NDAA would have strangled this program in red tape, effectively h… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets with Champaign County Leaders in Washington to Discuss Local Transportation Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a meeting with local leaders from Champaign County today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed central Illinois transportation priorities and the importance of long-term, sustained investments in our nation's infrastructure deficit. A photo from today's meeting is available HERE. "With strong advocacy and a consistent message about the region's infrastructure needs, Champaign County, like much of Central Illinois, is in a good position to take advantage of the long… Continue Reading


Durbin, Bipartisan Senators, Medical and Veterans Groups Call on Senate: Don't Strangle Medical Research Funding in Red Tape

WASHINGTON-This morning, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by a breast cancer survivor and a disabled American veteran to call on the Senate to protect medical research funding in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). For more than twenty years, the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has achieved medical research breakthroughs for service members, military families, and veterans. But two provisions inserted into this year's NDAA … Continue Reading


Durbin Challenges Visa's New Fee that Diminishes Competition

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Visa to defend a new fee that imposes a significant penalty on credit and debit card issuers - often small banks and retailers - that see their business shift from Visa to competing card networks. The Delayed De-Conversion Assessment fee applies a charge of 5 basis points to the Visa payment volume of any card issuer that has experienced a material decline in Visa payment volume or the number of issued Visa cards or has demons… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Senate Passage of Toxic Chemical Safety Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate passed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a chemical safety reform bill to overhaul the nation's broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The 39-year-old TSCA is the last of the major environmental laws passed in the 1960s and '70s that has not yet been modernized. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. ‎ We have long known that our … Continue Reading


Durbin Applauds Move by Department of Education to Better Protect Taxpayers from ITT Tech

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded a decision by the Department of Education to require ITT ‎Educational Services, Inc. (ITT Tech) to increase its surety - money held in escrow by the Department that would be used to offset taxpayer losses in the even the company collapses - from $80 million to about $123.6 million. Durbin has urged the Department of Education to more aggressively use its authority to require Letters of Credit and other forms of surety to b… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on NGA Decision of Record

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after learning that NGA Director Robert Cardillo issued his decision of record for the North St. Louis site, and not the St. Clair County site next to Scott Air Force Base: "I am deeply concerned about the security of the St. Louis site and I do not believe we have received acceptable answers from Director Cardillo," said Durbin. "His decision today is short-sighted and ignores not only safety issues, but also l… Continue Reading


Durbin: CFPB's Proposed Rule Would Crack Down on Payday Lending Industry Abuses

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for its proposed rule aimed at addressing abuses in the payday lending industry. The proposed rule is one of the first efforts by the federal government to rein in small-dollar loans, which often carry interest rates exceeding 300%. ‎ "Payday lenders offer a quick way to make ends meet, but often with devastating consequences," said Durbin. "Lenders are, in many instances, making th… Continue Reading


New GAO Report Highlights Value of Broadcasting Supreme Court and Appellate Court Proceedings

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) released the following statement on a newly released Government Accountability Office report on video and audio coverage of Supreme Court and other appellate court proceedings. The report cites stakeholders who state that the benefits of such coverage include enhancing public access to the courts, educating the public on the judiciary, and providing a useful window into how courts think about the issues in a case. Som… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on TSA Security During Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement as travelers head to airports around the country to take advantage of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Last Friday, Durbin convened a meeting with Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger, airline representatives and federal, state and local officials at O'Hare International Airport to discuss new measures to address the massive delays at airport security lines across the cou… Continue Reading

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