Press Releases

02.08.19

Durbin Named Top Democrat On Senate Immigration Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after being re-appointed as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee: More than 20 years ago, when I first came to the Senate, Senator Ted Kennedy called to ask me, the son of an immigrant, to serve on the Immigration Subcommittee. I have never felt a greater need to ensure that our immigration laws are worthy of our heritage as a nation of immigrants than I have these past two years. Thou… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, Lipinski, Schneider, Casten Press Sterigenics For Answers About Claims From Ex-Employees

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Sean Casten (D-IL-06) today pressed Willowbrook, Illinois-based Sterigenics, Inc. for answers about a CBS Chicago report where ex-employees of Sterigenics alleged rampant wrong-doing by facility supervisors, such as releasing ethylene oxide (EtO) directly into the atmosphere without proper pollution control equipment, dumping… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Durbin Calls For EPA To Send Officials To Address Sterigenics Situation

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after a conversation with Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding ethylene oxide emissions at Sterigenics: Today I spoke to Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to again express my grave concern about the reports of high emissions of ethylene oxide at Sterigenics and misconduct at the facility. I do not feel there is a sense of urgency at the U.S. EPA. We are dealing with a clear public safety and… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $5 Million in Federal Funding to Help At-Risk Youth in Illinois Find Employment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded five non-profit organizations in Illinois a total of $5,370,255 through YouthBuild, a job-training and educational program for at-risk youth ages 16-24. YouthBuild helps young people complete high school, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in … Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin Announces Agriculture Subcommittee Assignments For The 116th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that he will be a member of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade; the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy; and the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources. As a member of these three subcommittees, Durbin will focus on a variety of issues that directly impact Illinois' agriculture, the rural economy, and farmers. "I am honored to be a member of the Senate Committee… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin Opposes William Barr For Attorney General

WASHINGTON-Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that he will oppose President Trump's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, William Barr. In today's Senate Judiciary Committee markup, Durbin reiterated his concerns about Mr. Barr's views regarding transparency for Special Counsel Mueller's findings and executive power before voting no on his nomination. "I can't understand why Mr. Barr volunteered a 19-page memo to the Trump Admi… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin Host Illinois Members At The First Illinois Delegation Luncheon Of 116th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation at the first Illinois Congressional Delegation Luncheon of the 116th Congress. Started by the late U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, the Illinois Delegation Luncheon has been held regularly in Washington, D.C. at no expense to the federal taxpayer for more than 27 years. "It was great to see friends from the House of Representatives today to hear what they've been working on and their goals for … Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin Opposes Kraninger Plan To Gut CFPB Payday Lending Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, released the following statement today opposing the proposal by Director Kathleen Kraninger of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to eliminate key protections of the CFPB's payday lending rule. Director Kraninger's plan would eliminate the requirement that lenders first ensure that consumers can afford to pay back loans and st… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin Meets With Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, to discuss the threat that fast-growing student loan debt poses to the economy and the importance of finding more solutions to help alleviate the burden on Illinois families and borrowers. Durbin and Powell also discussed affordable housing, the lack of competition in the credit and debit card market, and the state of the U.S. economy. "Chairman Powell and I agree that we must take a… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, Lipinski, Schneider, Casten Statement On Sterigenics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Sean Casten (D-IL-06) today released the following statement regarding Willowbrook, Illinois-based Sterigenics, Inc.: The reporting from CBS Chicago, alleging Sterigenics directed employees to take extraordinary measures to cover-up releases of ethylene oxide directly into the atmosphere and to dump harmful ethylene glyco… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Durbin Meets With William Barr, President Trump's AG Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with President Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, William Barr. In today's meeting, Durbin continued to press Mr. Barr on his views regarding transparency for Special Counsel Mueller's findings, immigration, criminal justice reform, executive power, and voting rights. "In today's meeting, Mr. Barr continued to hedge on the question of how much of Special Counsel M… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Durbin, Menendez, Cardin, Leahy, Kaine, Meet With Top Venezuelan Diplomat For Interim Guaidó Government

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today met with Carlos Vecchio, the recently appointed top Venezuelan diplomat to the U.S. under interim President Juan Guaidó's government. In today's meeting, the Senators offered their support for Guaidó and discussed plans for a managed transition and a timely, open, and fair election. "What we are seeing unfold in Venezuela is democratic change co… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Durbin Introduces New Bill To Prevent Large Drug Price Hikes

WASHINGTON - As the costs of prescription drugs continue to rise for American patients, providers, and taxpayers, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced new legislation to help prevent sudden, outrageous price hikes for prescription pharmaceuticals. The Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous (FLAT) Prices Act of 2019 will reduce the government-granted monopoly period for… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Durbin Statement On President Trump's State Of The Union

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union address: What is the state of the union under President Trump? Affordable health insurance - including for people with pre-existing conditions - is at risk because of a lawsuit filed by Republican Attorneys General and supported by this President and his Administration. The basic services of our government are at risk because of President Trump's 35-day shutdown … Continue Reading


02.05.19

Durbn Meets Aurora Air Traffic Controller, His Guest For President Trump's State Of The Union

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Toby Hauck, who will be his guest for President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. Toby, an Aurora, Illinois, air traffic controller and Air Force veteran, was one of the more than 8,000 federal employees in Illinois who were impacted by President Trump's 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. During the shutdown, Durbin met with Toby and air traffic controllers in Aurora and St. Louis, Missouri,… Continue Reading


02.04.19

Durbin To Host Aurora Air Traffic Controller For President Trump's State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) will host Toby Hauck as his guest for President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. Toby, an Aurora, Illinois, air traffic controller and Air Force veteran, was one of the more than 8,000 federal employees in Illinois who were impacted by President Trump's 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. During the shutdown, Durbin met with Toby and air traffic controllers in Aurora and St. Louis, Missouri, to hear their … Continue Reading


02.01.19

Durbin Unveils New Bill To Prevent Large Drug Price Hikes

SPRINGFIELD - As the costs of prescription drugs continue to rise for American patients, providers, and taxpayers, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined local hospital leaders to unveil new legislation to help prevent sudden, outrageous price hikes for prescription pharmaceuticals. The Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous (FLAT) Drug Prices Act of 2019, which Durbin will formally introduce in the Senate next week, will reduce the government-granted monopoly period for medications if … Continue Reading


01.31.19

Durbin, Schneider Introduce Legislation To Reduce Gun Violence From Stolen Firearms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) today introduced bicameral legislation aimed at reducing gun violence by preventing the theft of firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs), or federally-licensed dealers, manufacturers, and importers. The SECURE (Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective) Firearm Storage Act would address the problem of "smash and grab" gun store burglaries by requiring all firearms to be se… Continue Reading


01.30.19

Durbin, Duckworth Urge EPA To Hold Watco Transloading Accountable For Dangerous Manganese Emission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold Watco Transloading on Chicago's Southeast Side accountable for violating federal safety standards due to its high levels of manganese emissions - a known neurotoxin. The Senators, in a letter to the EPA, raised concerns about the EPA's failure to promptly hold companies accountable for violations of the Clean Air Act, and highlighted the EPA's ability to for… Continue Reading


01.30.19

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $31 Million For Illinois Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that nine health centers throughout Illinois have been awarded a total of $31,402,178 in federal funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program. Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. Community health centers also often integrate… Continue Reading

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