Press Releases


Durbin, Pressley, Leahy, Booker to Trump Administration: Suspend All Federal Executions During Transition Period

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), today called on the Trump Administration to suspend all federal executions so the incoming Biden-Harris Administration can evaluate and determine the future use of the death penalty by the federal government. For more than 17 years, no federal death sentence was carried out. Then, in July 2020, Attorney General Bill Barr recklessly restarted feder… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Detection of PFAS Near Peoria and Springfield National Guard Bases with Air Force Secretary

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today spoke with U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett to discuss the detection of the two main types of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) - PFOS and PFOA - during site inspections at Peoria and Springfield Air National Guard Bases. The Air Force and Air National Guard will now conduct investigations off-base to determine if any drinking water supply locally may be impacte… Continue Reading


Durbin Honors America's Veterans

SPRINGFIELD-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following video statement honoring America's veterans on Veterans Day and thanking all those who've served for their sacrifices in defense of America's freedom: "To all of our veterans in Illinois and across America: thank you for your service to our country with honor and distinction. Now, on the front line once again, so many essential workers in this unprecedented pandemic have served our country in uniform as well. I know Vetera… Continue Reading


Durbin Slams Republicans On Judiciary Committee For Continuing To Relitigate The 2016 Election And The Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON - During today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, entitled "Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Day 4," which featured former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) slammed Republicans on the Committee for continuing their partisan sideshow re-litigating the investigation into 2016 Russian election interference, and ignoring their responsibility to conduct oversight of the Trump Administrat… Continue Reading


Durbin, Senators Call on DOJ to Stop Plans to Make Purdue Pharma a Public Benefit Corporation

WASHINGTON - Following the settlement agreement announced between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Purdue Pharma (Purdue), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today called on Attorney General William Barr to stop his Department's plan to have Purdue's Oxycontin business transformed and preserved as a public trust or public benefit company. This proposal, first put forth by… Continue Reading


Durbin Re-Elected Senate Democratic Whip For 117th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after being unanimously re-elected as the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat, the Senate Democratic Whip, for the 117th Congress by his Senate Democratic colleagues this morning. Durbin has served in the number two role in the caucus since 2005. "I am honored to serve the Senate Democratic Caucus as Whip. The November 3 election showed that our nation is divided, and the challenges we face are great. But under… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

SPRINGFIELD-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement on the formation of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, a team of leading public health and medical experts who will advise President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their response to the coronavirus pandemic: "President-elect Biden's and Vice President-elect Harris' COVID-19 task force is comprised of respected professionals, truth tellers, and real leade… Continue Reading


Durbin: With COVID-19 Cases Spiking in Illinois and Across the Country, The Senate Must Act

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today thanked the people of Illinois for electing him to another term in the United States Senate and spoke about the importance of helping unemployed and uninsured Americans, hospitals and health clinics, state and local governments, and small businesses as COVID-19 cases spike across Illinois and the country. On Saturday, the U.S. hit the highest daily total of new cases-126,000 new cases in one day. … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Outcome of 2020 Presidential Election

SPRINGFIELD-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election: "President-elect Joe Biden is a public servant in the best sense of the term. He has taken the strength and wisdom he learned from his family, and his own experiences with loss and hardship, and he has used those lessons to give millions of Americans reasons to hope and ways to heal. And by his side is an outstanding Vice President-elect in my col… Continue Reading


Durbin, Senators Call for Borrower Defense Relief for Student Borrowers Harmed by CEHE

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, called on the U.S. Department of Education to protect students and taxpayers in the wake of a recent court decision finding that the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE)-which owns for-profit CollegeAmerica-made misrepresentations to students and engaged in deceptive trade practices. On August 21, a Colorado state court found that CEHE… Continue Reading


On First Day of ACA Open Enrollment Period, Durbin, Duckworth Encourage Illinoisans to Sign up For Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON-On the first day of the 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) encouraged Illinoisans to sign up for quality, affordable health insurance on the marketplace today, emphasizing that most patients qualify for subsidies that ensure premiums are less than $75 per month, and highlighting the additional plan options and lower premiums for consumers this year. Durbin and Duckworth also slammed President Trump and Co… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls On McConnell To Pass Meaningful COVID-19 Relief Legislation To Help Hard Hit Businesses Struggling During Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass the HEROES 2.0 Act to provide assistance for struggling Illinoisans and small businesses and slammed the Senate Republican Leader for spending five days jamming a Supreme Court nomination through the Senate floor instead of helping struggling small businesses and families. The HEROES 2.0 Act passed the House of Representatives nearly one month ago, on October 1. Durbin is a cosp… Continue Reading


Durbin, Murray, Blumenthal, Warren, Brown Continue to Push DeVos to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Student Borrowers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide borrower defense relief for students who attended a number of institutions that ED cut off from Title IV participation as a result of fraud or other consumer misconduct. In addition, the Senators urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to use her authority to extend the closed school discharge loo… Continue Reading


Durbin, Capito Urge HHS to Implement Childhood Trauma Task Force they Enacted in 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accelerate implementation of the Interagency Task Force on Trauma-Informed Care, a provision authored by both Senators that was passed into law in October 2018 as part of the federal opioid response. The bipartisan provision established a Task Force of federal agencies to set a national strategy to address childhood trauma and to promote trauma-infor… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos, Illinois Delegation Members Urge FEMA to Expedite Public Assistance Reimbursements For COVID-19 Expenses

ASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today led Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expressing concerns over the agency's processing of the State's requests for Public Assistance as it relates to COVID-19 expenses. States may apply to be reimbursed for eligible costs related to emergency protective measures amid th… Continue Reading


Durbin Votes Against President Trump's Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after voting against President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court: "This is a dark day for the United States Senate. Republicans are defying the rules and traditions of this body in a rush to confirm Judge Barrett in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic and an election. "On Friday and Saturday, more t… Continue Reading


Ahead Of Confirmation Vote, Durbin Slams Senate Republicans For Jamming Through Supreme Court Nomination Instead Of Focusing On COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today once again slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through this nomination process instead of focusing on the urgent needs of the American people, including comprehensive bipartisan legislation to respond to the grave public he… Continue Reading


Durbin Receives Update From Illinois Director of Public Health on COVID-19 Case Surge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across Illinois with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. On a call with Dr. Ezike, Durbin asked what Illinois will need as COVID-19 cases increase and how the federal government can support state efforts to keep people healthy and safe. Durbin also received a briefing about the state's testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) capacity, plans for the eventual di… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Recent Surge of COVID-19 Cases with Illinois Hospital Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, on a call with more than 20 CEOs of Illinois hospitals and AJ Wilhelmi, President of the Illinois Health & Hospital Association, discussed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Illinois and how hospitals are fighting the pandemic on the ground. Illinois recorded its highest number of new cases (6,161) on Saturday, and on Sunday, Illinois also recorded its highest number of hospitalized patients (2,605) since June 5. Durbin thanked the hospi… Continue Reading


Durbin: Republicans Jamming Supreme Court Nomination Through at Breakneck Speed & Disregarding Pandemic and Risk to Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today once again slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court instead of focusing on the urgent needs of the American people, including comprehensive bipartisan legislation to respond to the grave public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin also called on Judge Amy C… Continue Reading

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