Press Releases

05.07.12

Senate Confirms Lee to Fill Federal Judgeships in Northern District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a representative from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's (R-IL) office today announced that the Senate has confirmed John Lee for a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Durbin and Kirk have also worked closely on the nomination of John Tharp, who is expected to receive a confirmation vote later this month to fill a second vacancy in the Northern District. Prior to the vote, Durbin spoke in favor of the… Continue Reading


05.07.12

Durbin Chairs Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, chaired a field hearing today examining the impact of Ohio's new voting law, HB 194, which restricts early voting, eliminates the requirement that poll workers direct voters to the proper precinct, and makes it harder to vote absentee. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined Durbin at the hearing. "If the goal of Ohio's new voting law … Continue Reading


05.04.12

Durbin Announces Over $1.8 Million for Rural Development in Marion County

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development division has awarded a loan of $1,156,000 and a grant of $653,200 for the Northeast Marion County Water Company under the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The project involves the construction of 46 miles to an existing water line, providing an additional 110 Illinoisans with safe drinking water. The Northeast Marion County Water Company curr… Continue Reading


05.03.12

Durbin and Kirk Express Strong Concern About Disposal of Toxic Chemicals in Clinton Landfill

[CLINTON, IL] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will send a letter today to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman expressing their strong concern about the proposed industrial waste facility at Clinton Landfill, Durbin announced at a news conference at Clinton City Hall. "With our letter, we're letting the EPA know the importance of protecting the Mahomet Valley Aquifer and commending the decision to further evaluate the safety of disp… Continue Reading


05.03.12

Durbin "Likes" Facebook Decision to Join Global Network Initiative As an Observer

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after Facebook announced that it would be joining the Global Network Initiative (GNI) as an observer. "Facebook is presented with the significant human rights issues that the Global Network Initiative is designed to help companies address. For years, I've urged the social network giant to join the GNI and take other steps to protect the human rights of its users," Durbin said. "Facebook h… Continue Reading


05.02.12

Durbin Meets with Transportation Officials to Discuss Illinois Priorities for Federal Transportation Bill

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with key transportation leaders in Chicago today to discuss Illinois' priorities and the stark differences between the House and Senate transportation bills. Durbin and U.S. Representative Jerry Costello were the only Illinoisans named to the joint Senate-House Conference Committee tasked with working out the differences between the Senate (S.1813) version and House (H.R.4348) version of a national transportation funding bill. "As the roa… Continue Reading


05.02.12

Senators Respond to New Data on Tobacco Tax Loophole

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) expressed concern about the findings of a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing more than $1.3 billion in lost state and federal revenue by tobacco manufacturers relabeling roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco. The lower tax rate for pipe tobacco encourages its use as a source of cheap cigarettes and diminishes the impact fe… Continue Reading


05.02.12

Durbin Statement on NFL Player Suspensions Bounty Investigation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the NFL announced the suspension of four players for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program: "Today's announcement by the NFL is a positive step that shows that the League is taking seriously the issue of bounty programs," Durbin said. "I have spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and I will meet with him in the coming weeks to discuss additional steps the … Continue Reading


05.01.12

Durbin Announces Nearly $117 Million in HUD Funding for Illinois Communities and Housing Agencies

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois communities and housing agencies will receive $116,966,851 in grant funding through four programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Community Development Block Grants The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides annual grants to states and local governments to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable l… Continue Reading


04.30.12

As Members of Transportation Conference Committee, Durbin and Costello Will Work to Protect Illinois Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter to all members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (D-IL) today committed to working to protect important Illinois priorities in the upcoming House-Senate Conference Committee on the next transportation bill. They also asked the members to submit their priorities in writing in order to ensure the entire delegation is working together to protect important, job-creating Illinois transport… Continue Reading


04.30.12

Durbin Announces Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, today announced a field hearing examining the impact of Ohio's new voting law, HB 194, which restricts early voting, eliminates the requirement that poll workers direct voters to the proper precinct, and makes it harder to vote absentee. The hearing will be held on Monday, May 7th, at the Carl B. Stokes United States Court House in Cleveland, Ohio… Continue Reading


04.30.12

Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Preserves Funding for Fermilab and Argonne National Lab

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, has approved a bill that preserves essential federal funding for scientific research and development programs that will support work at two Illinois labs - Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab which together employ over 4,000 Illinoisans. These projects were included in President Obama's FY2013 Budget and supported by Durbin. "Science labs like Fermi and Arg… Continue Reading


04.27.12

Durbin, Lautenberg Announce Committee Approval of Provision to Encourage FDA Ban on Flavored Cigars

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which they are members, approved report language that would urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue deeming regulations asserting its regulatory authority over tobacco products - including cigars - as part of the FY 2013 appropriations bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies. The measure now moves to the full Senat… Continue Reading


04.27.12

Durbin Calls on CFPB to Warn All Students About For-Profit College Industry Bad Actors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended President Obama's decision to sign an Executive Order that will help ensure that our veterans and servicemembers have the information they need to make informed decisions about their education and are protected from aggressive and deceptive marketing by the for-profit college industry. Durbin also called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue a warning to students about the bad actors in the for-profit coll… Continue Reading


04.25.12

Durbin: Senate Passes Senate Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation That Will Save Money and Illinois Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive legislation to reform the postal service by a vote of 62 to 37. Durbin also offered an amendment - that was accepted into the bill - which protects facilities the Postal Service recently concluded to be efficient by requiring a new audit before the Postal Service can move forward with plans to close or consolidate that facility. "Over the last year, the Post… Continue Reading


04.25.12

Durbin: Congress Must Take Action to Prevent Interest Rates on Federal Student Loans from Doubling

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As President Barack Obama travels to college campuses across the country speaking about the growing student loan debt crisis, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate floor today to urge Congress to pass legislation preventing student interest rates from doubling for more than 7.4 million students on July 1st, 2012. Durbin has co-sponsored the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012, introduced today, which would maintain the current interest rates of… Continue Reading


04.24.12

As Member of Conference Committee, Durbin Vows to Protect Illinois Jobs and Transportation Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that he has been named by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to the joint Senate-House Conference Committee tasked with working out the differences between the Senate (S.1813) version and House (H.R.4348) version of a national transportation funding bill. "As the road, rail and aviation hub of the country, Illinois depends on a robust federal investment in transportation projects to keep its economy moving," said Dur… Continue Reading


04.19.12

Durbin and Kirk Bill Would Bring Fairness to Federal Disaster Declaration Process

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced bipartisan legislation that would bring consistency and fairness to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s disaster declaration process. After devastating storms and tornadoes swept through Southern Illinois in late February, communities - including Harrisburg and Ridgway - were shocked when FEMA denied federal assistance. The Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act would ensure consis… Continue Reading


04.18.12

Durbin, Costello Meet With Army Assistant Secretary Regarding Metro East Levees

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) today held a meeting with Assistant Secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, commander of the St. Louis District, Colonel Christopher Hall, and the head of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council, Les Sterman, to discuss streamlining the review process for the Metro East levee project. The Army Corps pledged their continued commitment to the project, and will nomi… Continue Reading


04.18.12

Durbin Chairs Hearing on GSA IG's Report and Agency's FY13 Budget Request

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, Dick Durbin (D-IL), chaired a hearing today to review the report of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Inspector General report on the agency's 2010 Western Regions Conference which was marred by outrageous spending and mismanagement of taxpayer funds. The hearing, which was scheduled long before the Inspector General's report was issued, also … Continue Reading

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