Press Releases


Durbin, Grassley, Padilla Meet With BOP Director Peters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA), met with Colette Peters, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to discuss sexual misconduct by BOP personnel and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to root out staff misconduct at BOP. The meeting followed letters that Durbin, Grassley, Padilla, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent to DOJ seeking information … Continue Reading


Durbin, Shaheen, Boozman, Coons, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Increase U.S. Exports To Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve America's competiveness throughout the African continent and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Increasing American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act will force better coordination between U.S. government agencies and departments, establish comprehensive strategic goals… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Colleagues To Unveil Resolution Affirming Ratification Of The Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AR) and U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), Cori Bush (D-MO-01), Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA-37) to announce the introduction of a bicameral, joint resolution to affirm the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment… Continue Reading


Durbin Slams Speaker Mccarthy, House Republicans For Inadequate Solutions To Address The Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today took to the Senate floor to slam Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Republicans for using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip at the expense of federal programs that Americans rely on. In his remarks, Durbin explained that Republicans' lackluster solutions to the budget deficit will only harm constituents by cutting social security or slashing medical research funding. "To…finally become Speaker, Kevin McCarthy made… Continue Reading


Durbin Presses The Justice Department To Investigate And Curb Child Sexual Exploitation On Twitter

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice to take all appropriate actions to investigate, deter, and stop reported child sexual exploitation on Twitter's platform. Durbin's letter builds on his efforts to hold Twitter accountable for the platform's deteriorating protections to ensure child safety, which he asked Mr. Musk about in December - a letter … Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Davis Announce $7.2 Million for Illinois State Board of Education And Chicago Public Schools For Student Mental Health Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL-07) today announced the awarding of two federal grants totaling $7.2 million to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Chicago Public Schools for increasing student mental health and trauma-informed care services in schools across the state. These grants were awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through th… Continue Reading


Durbin Applauds Appellate Court Ruling In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Case

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' rejection of the bankruptcy filing by a shell company created by Johnson & Johnson to dodge nearly 40,000 legal claims related to harm caused by its talc products: "Today's ruling is a step towards justice for the tens of thousands of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma victims who have been denied their day i… Continue Reading


Durbin, DeLauro Urge FDA Commissioner Califf to Implement Reforms At The Agency's Human Foods Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf urging him to make critical reforms within FDA's Human Foods Program. This follows the Reagan-Udall Foundation's recent external evaluation and report, which outlined various flaws at FDA including their slow response to foodborne illness outbreaks, particularly with infant formula, and lack of implementing t… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Reported Abuses by Special Counsel Durham

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding a bombshell New York Times report about alleged misconduct by Special Counsel John Durham: "These reports about abuses in Special Counsel Durham's investigation-so outrageous that even his longtime colleagues quit in protest-are but one of many instances where former President Trump and his allies weaponized the Justice Department. "The Justice… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Tyre Nichols

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding the killing of Tyre Nichols by five former Memphis police officers and the subsequent investigation: "First and foremost: my thoughts are with the family of Tyre Nichols and the Memphis community. As those who were blessed to call Mr. Nichols a family member, friend, or neighbor mourn, we must commit to pursuing justice for his death, which feels… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues In Calling On FTC To Investigate Continued Marketing To Kids Of The JR-15 Rifle By Wee 1 Tactical

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Alex Padilla (D-CA), to call on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the continued marketing to children of the "JR-15" rifle by Illinois-based company Wee 1 Tactical. While children under age 18 ca… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces Judiciary Committee Democratic Members For 118th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that the following Senators will serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 118th Congress: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), and Peter Welch (D-VT). Durbin will once again serve as Chair of the Senate… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Legislation To Deny U.S. Visas To Those Who Undermine Free And Fair Elections

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, highlighted new legislation that he's introducing today to deny U.S. visas to foreign government officials who undermine free and fair elections or democratic transfers of power. The bill comes after former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro traveled to Florida to skip his successor's inauguration and the subsequent attack on Brazil's governing institutions … Continue Reading


Durbin, Tillis, Coons, Grassley Introduce Legislation To Improve Coordination Between USPTO And FDA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish a task force between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve communication and coordination in implementing each agency's activities related to patents. Currently, there is limited collaborat… Continue Reading


Durbin To FDA: Follow The Law, Pull Unauthorized E-Cigarettes From The Market Immediately To Protect America’s Children

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) rebuked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its unacceptable failure to protect children from the dangers of vaping. The agency, which has failed for 16 months to meet a court-ordered deadline of September 9, 2021, to review e-cigarettes, submitted a filing this week disclosing that there will be another six-month delay before FDA completes the premarket review process for the most popular va… Continue Reading


Durbin: We Must Commit To Strong And Sustained Funding Increases For Our Nation’s Medical And Scientific Researchers

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the significance of medical research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that has led to major breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, COVID-19, and more. While Durbin emphasized the progress made in the medical field, he called on Congress to continue investing in medical research to ensure that the U.S. … Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Protecting Children With Food Allergies Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced the Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act, which would require school food personnel to complete a food allergy training, so that they are better equipped to prevent and respond to emergency situations involving allergic food reactions. Over the past two decades, the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. has more than doubled. Now, more than eight percent of ch… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Booker, Schakowsky, García, Trahan Introduce Mentoring To Succeed Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL-4), and Lori Trahan (D-MA-3), introduced the bicameral Mentoring to Succeed Act in recognition of January as National Mentoring Month. This legislation provides a strong, sustainable support system through mentorship to ensure that children who experience barriers like poverty, ina… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Environmental Quality Priorities With EPA Administrator Michael Regan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to discuss environmental quality initiatives impacting Illinoisans, ranging from removing lead service pipes to regulating harmful chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and ethylene oxide (EtO). During their conversation, Durbin and Regan focused on the pervasiveness of PFAS contamination, particularly in drinking water, and how to protec… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With U.S Ambassador To Mexico, Ken Salazar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations following President Biden's visit to Mexico as part of the North American Leaders Summit. They also discussed ongoing bilateral efforts to address migration and cross-border drug and weapons trafficking. "Ambassador Salazar understands the dynamic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, "said Durbin. "We share many common interests with our neighbor… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149 Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153 Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157 Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Page 161 Page 162 Page 163 Page 164 Page 165 Page 166 Page 167 Page 168 Page 169 Page 170 Page 171 Page 172 Page 173 Page 174 Page 175 Page 176 Page 177 Page 178 Page 179 Page 180 Page 181 Page 182 Page 183 Page 184 Page 185 Page 186 Page 187 Page 188 Page 189 Page 190 Page 191 Page 192 Page 193 Page 194 Page 195 Page 196 Page 197 Page 198 Page 199 Page 200 Page 201 Page 202 Page 203 Page 204 Page 205 Page 206 Page 207 Page 208 Page 209 Page 210 Page 211 Page 212 Page 213 Page 214 Page 215 Page 216 Page 217 Page 218 Page 219 Page 220 Page 221 Page 222 Page 223 Page 224 Page 225 Page 226 Page 227 Page 228 Page 229 Page 230 Page 231 Page 232 Page 233 Page 234 Page 235 Page 236 Page 237 Page 238 Page 239 Page 240 Page 241 Page 242 Page 243 Page 244 Page 245 Page 246 Page 247 Page 248 Page 249 Page 250 Page 251 Page 252 Page 253 Page 254 Page 255 Page 256 Page 257 Page 258 Page 259 Page 260 Page 261 Page 262 Page 263 Page 264 Page 265 Page 266 Page 267 Page 268 Page 269 Page 270 Page 271 Page 272 Page 273 Page 274 Page 275 Page 276 Page 277 Page 278 Page 279 Page 280 Page 281 Page 282 Page 283 Page 284 Page 285 Page 286 Page 287 Page 288 Page 289 Page 290 Page 291 Page 292 Page 293 Page 294 Page 295 Page 296 Page 297 Page 298 Page 299 Page 300 Page 301 Page 302 Page 303 Page 304 Page 305 Page 306 Page 307 Page 308 Page 309 Page 310 Page 311 Page 312 Page 313 Page 314 Page 315 Page 316 Page 317 Page 318 Page 319 Page 320 Page 321 Page 322 Page 323 Page 324 Page 325 Page 326 Page 327 Page 328 Page 329 Page 330 Page 331 Page 332 Page 333 Page 334 Page 335 Page 336 Page 337 Page 338 Page 339 Page 340 Page 341 Page 342 Page 343 Page 344 Page 345 Page 346 Page 347 Page 348 Page 349 Page 350 Page 351 Page 352 Page 353 Page 354 Page 355 Page 356 Page 357 Page 358 Page 359 Page 360 Page 361 Page 362 Page 363 Page 364 Page 365 Page 366 Page 367 Page 368 Page 369 Page 370 Page 371 Page 372 Page 373 Page 374 Page 375 Page 376
Showing page   of 376