Press Releases

05.10.19

Senators Oppose Defense Department Transfer Of $1.5 Billion To Pay For President Trump's Wall

WASHINGTON - Every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies today slammed the Department of Defense for its transfer of another $1.5 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's wall on the southwest border. In a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the Senators expressed concern that this reprogramming comes at the expense of the… Continue Reading


05.10.19

Durbin Highlights New Requirement For Drug Companies To List Prices On Advertising

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined leaders from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the American Medical Association, and AARP to highlight the newly announced regulation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will require pharmaceutical companies to disclose prices of their prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements. This regulation builds upon years of Durbin's legislative progress, and Durbin announced today that he and U.S.… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Durbin-Cosponsored Legislation That Supports Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - At today's Senate Judiciary Committee markup, the Committee voted unanimously in support of two bills cosponsored by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that support local law enforcement - the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Act of 2019 and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization. The STOIC Act addresses the growing problem of law enforcement officer suicides by reauthorizing a grant program for law enforcement family support services and exp… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Durbin, Young, Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Brunei For Barbaric Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Todd Young (R-IN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their implementation. "These recentl… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Durbin, Warren, Nadler, Katko Introduce Bill Making Bankruptcy Relief Available For Student Loan Borrowers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-01), and John Katko (R-NY-24) today introduced a bicameral bill that would give Americans overwhelmed by student loan debt the option of obtaining meaningful bankruptcy relief. The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019 would eliminate the section of the bankruptcy code that makes private and federal student loans nondischargeable, allowing these loans to be treated l… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Durbin Meets With Mayor-Elect Lightfoot

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to discuss Chicago priorities and how he can assist her in the Senate. Durbin and Lightfoot talked about reducing gun violence, the Chicago HEAL Initiative, the 2020 Census, public housing, and transportation infrastructure funding. "I want to thank Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot for coming by and meeting with the Illinois Congressional Delegation. We spoke about the issues she'll face in her new adminis… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Durbin Opposes Jeffrey Rosen, President Trump's Deputy AG Nominee

WASHINGTON - In today's Senate Judiciary Committee markup, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) voted against President Donald Trump's nominee to be Deputy U.S. Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen. Durbin argued that Mr. Rosen does not have the qualifications to be Deputy Attorney General given his lack of experience in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and lack of understanding of its basic law enforcement components. "I sat down with Mr. Rosen - a blank slate, I knew nothing about him. … Continue Reading


05.09.19

Durbin: President Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Have Made Our Border Less Secure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, today slammed the Trump Administration for their failure to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. During today's hearing, Durbin called out the Administration's failed border security efforts - including the family separation policy, government shutdown, cutting off foreign assistance to the Northern Triangle countries, shutting down the Central Am… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Durbin: We Must Improve Health Outcomes For New Moms And Babies

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor ahead of Mother's Day this Sunday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged his Senate colleagues to pass the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act, which he introduced in March, along with U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The legislation seeks to reduce America's rising maternal and infant mortality rate, especially for moms and babies of color who are significantly more l… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Durbin Questions Defense Secretary On DOD Involvement At The Southwest Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today questioned Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, and General Joseph Dunford, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the continued use of Department of Defense (DoD) funding and personnel at our southern border. In today's hearing, Durbin pressed Acting Secretary Shanahan on why there is no money appropriated in the fiscal year 2020 budget when i… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Durbin, Grassley Statement On HHS Rule To Require Disclosure Of Prescription Drug Prices In TV Ads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today issued the following statement following an announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the issuance of final regulations requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices of their prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements: "Direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertisements are everywhere, and they tell you just about everything imaginable about the drug, other than … Continue Reading


05.07.19

Durbin Meets With Labor Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with a large group of labor organizations to discuss trade, transportation infrastructure, and support for federal employees. Durbin also discussed his support for strengthening workers' rights to join unions and bargain collectively. "Our country was built on foundational labor rights - like fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to health care. As someone who grew up in a union household, I will always have their back in Congres… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Durbin, Warren, Reed Reintroduce Bill Creating Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today reintroduced legislation to ensure struggling student loan borrowers are treated fairly and understand the full range of repayment options and resources available to them. The Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights Act of 2019 creates consistent servicing and disclosure standards across private and federal student loans by amending the Truth In Lending Act. More than 40 million Americans hold $1.5 … Continue Reading


05.07.19

Durbin: Special Counsel Report Is Far From "Case Closed"

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pushed back on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's argument that the Mueller report is a "closed case" and renewed his call for U.S. Attorney General Barr to recuse himself from the 14 ongoing referred criminal investigations identified in Special Counsel Mueller's report. Durbin also argued that as Senate Republican Leader, Senator McConnell did little to nothing to acknowledge the threat of… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Durbin Slams Big Pharma On High Cost Of Prescription Drugs In America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned James Stansel, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on the high price of prescription drugs in America. In today's hearing, Durbin slammed PhRMA for the pharmaceutical industry's egregious tactics that leads to dramatic price increases for Americans, including patent manipulation to block generic compet… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Durbin, Graham Reintroduce Bipartisan Election Interference Bill

WASHINGTON-Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today reintroduced the bipartisan Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes (DETER) Act, which will prevent foreign governments from exploiting our immigration laws to advance their efforts to undermine our democracy. This bill will make "improper interference in U.S. elections" a violation of U.S. immig… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Bill To Support Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) have introduced a bill to help wounded warriors by expanding the current orthotics and prosthetics workforce. The Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act would support colleges and universities seeking to establish or expand degree programs to train orthotics and prosthetics specialists. "The men and women who serve our country and suffer serious injuries should expect nothing less than the highest standard of care whe… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Durbin, Booker, Senators Call Out Trump Admin For Inadequate Effort To Combat White Supremacist Violence

WASHINGTON-Following last week's deadly shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today called out the Trump Administration for shifting its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the Senators … Continue Reading


05.02.19

Durbin Votes To Override President Trump's Veto Of The Bipartisan Resolution To Halt Unauthorized U.S. Military Involvement In Yemen

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today voted to override President Donald Trump's veto of the bipartisan joint war powers resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In March, the resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 54-46, and on April 4, it passed the House by a vote of 247-175, but today it did not garner enough votes in the Senate to override the President's veto. "Not only was this war never authorized as required b… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Durbin, Murphy, Cartwright Introduce Bills To Support Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), today introduced two bicameral bills to support wounded warriors by improving orthotics and prosthetics care, and expanding the current orthotics and prosthetics workforce. The bills would enhance research in best practices and support colleges and universities seeking to establish degree programs to train specialists. "The men and women who serve our country and suffer ser… Continue Reading

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