Press Releases

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


04.20.15

Durbin Announces More Than $674,000 In Federal Funding To Assist Homeless Veterans In Illinois

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have awarded a total of $674,639 in grants and vouchers to communities across Illinois that will be used to expand supportive services and housing for veterans in Illinois. "Last night, in Illinois alone, more than 1,200 homeless veterans were on the street. This country can do better-and must do better-for the brave men… Continue Reading


04.20.15

Durbin Cautions That Fair Competition In Arline Travel May Be At Risk

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter to the Secretaries of Transportation and State, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today cautioned that fair and open competition in the airline industry may be at risk if the three largest airlines of the Gulf States of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are receiving substantial government subsidies. Recent reports have indicated that these subsidies are distorting the market for air travel and giving airlines an unfair advantage over U.S. carriers. In to… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Durbin Meets With Illinois Fire Chiefs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the Illinois Fire Service Association today to discuss the importance of firefighter equipment grant programs, firefighter training, and crude-by-rail safety in communities where oil tank cars pass through. Photos of today's meeting are available here. "Firefighters and first-responders bravely protect Illinois' communities when emergencies happen," Durbin said. "It was great to see the men and women of the Illinois Fire Service Ass… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Durbin Meets With Director Of Air National Guard To Discuss The Future Of Springfield's 183rd Fighter Wing

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with Lieutenant General Stanley Clarke who, as Director of the Air National Guard, oversees National Guard units across the country, including the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield. During the meeting, Lieutenant General Clarke and Durbin - who serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees discretionary spending for our nation's military - discussed the long-term future of… Continue Reading


04.16.15

With More Youth Using E-Cigarettes Than Ever Before, Durbin Demands FDA Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today in response to findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showing for the first time that more U.S. teenagers are using e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. The data released today shows that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students has not only surpassed conventional tobacco use, but has also tripled in just one year - growing from approximately 660,000 to 2 million high schoo… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Durbin And Cicilline: Tobacco Farms Are No Place For Kids

[WASHINGTON, DC] - With the tobacco growing season beginning this month and as hundreds of children head to work on tobacco farms, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced legislation today to protect child workers from the dangers of exposure to tobacco plants, which can include acute nicotine poisoning and other long term health effects. The U.S. currently has no specific restrictions to protect children from nicotine poisoning or other health … Continue Reading

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