Press Releases

06.30.11

Durbin Commends Introduction of Bill to Protect Taxpayer Investment in House

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today commended Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and others for introducing companion legislation to Durbin's Protecting Taxpayers in Transportation Asset Transfers Act. Both bills aim to protect taxpayer investment and require increased transparency and public involvement before local and state governments can lease or sell major transportation projects such as roads, airports and other facilities. "The strong support that has been expressed … Continue Reading


06.29.11

Durbin Statement on the Final Federal Reserve Rules on Interchange Fees

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today on the Federal Reserve's announcement of their final rules reforming the debit interchange system: "The rules announced by the Federal Reserve today will finally make swipe fee reform a reality and help bring fairness, transparency and competition to a debit card system that for years has operated without them. The rules, which will take effect on October 1st, will give small b… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Belleville Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Belleville resident Jamie St. Eve will spend nine weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. offices. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Annandale Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Annandale resident Jeremy Thompson will spend seven weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-working… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Lincoln Park Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Chicago resident Courtney Lang will spend eight weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Highland Park Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Highland Park resident Joey Berk will spend eight weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings … Continue Reading


06.29.11

Evanston Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Evanston resident Catherine Rolfe will spend eight weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Hyde Park Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Hyde Park resident Kate Reott will spend seven weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of … Continue Reading


06.29.11

Jackson Park Highlands Student Interns in Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Chicago resident Julian Miller will spend eight weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 student intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings o… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Senators Condemn For-Profit Colleges' Mistreatment of America's Veterens

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following last night's PBS Frontline segment documenting the mistreatment of America's veterans by some for-profit colleges, a group of Senators condemned the practices brought to light. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), called for greater oversight of military education benefit dollar… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Winnetka Student Interns In Durbin's Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Winnetka resident Colton Staab will spend nine weeks interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 students intern in Durbin's Washington, D.C. office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of … Continue Reading


06.28.11

Durbin Commends Decision to Keep Joliet Post Office Open

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commended the decision to keep the downtown Joliet Post Office open. According to Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante, a study conducted by the U.S. Postal Service showed that the demand for postal service in downtown Joliet remains strong and is expected to grow in the near future. "Closing post offices in Illinois would not only impact mail service, but would also hurt local economies," said Durbin. "The Postmaster General's decision to … Continue Reading


06.28.11

Durbin, Maloney Introduce Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act today, which will allow employees to take unpaid leave to care for a same-sex spouse or partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent. "Regardless of the make-up of one's family, all employees should be given the same rights to care for a sick loved one in a time of need," Durbin said. "For 20 years, … Continue Reading


06.28.11

Opening Remarks at the First-ever Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act

Thousands of immigrant students in the United States were brought to the United States as children. It was not their decision to come to this country, but they grew up here pledging allegiance to our flag and singing our national anthem. They are American in their hearts. The DREAM Act would give these young people a chance to earn legal status if they have good moral character and go to college or serve in the military. The DREAM Act would make America a stronger country by giving the… Continue Reading


06.27.11

Durbin to Introduce Legislation Designed to Protect Consumers of Dietary Supplements

[CHICAGO, IL] - With the use of heavily marketed energy drinks and other dietary supplements on the rise, more regulation is needed to ensure that consumers have the information they need to distinguish between products that are safe and others that contain potentially dangerous ingredients which haven't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today. This week, Durbin will introduce the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act to improve the information ava… Continue Reading


06.24.11

Durbin Announces First-Ever Senate Hearing on the Dream Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that he will chair the first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act next Tuesday, June 28th, at 10:00 am ET. The hearing will be in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. "I've been working on the DREAM Act for over ten years," Durbin said. "In that time, it's been reported out of committee by a large bipartisan margin, passed the House of Representatives, and received a bipartisan majority vote in th… Continue Reading


06.23.11

Durbin: All Parties Must Work Together in Springfield Rail Effort

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Citing a successful meeting that resulted in an agreement between major stakeholders in the Springfield rail consolidation effort, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today proposed a second meeting to clear up recent confusion about cost estimates and bring all parties back on the same page. Durbin also announced that he would be extending invitations to other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to discuss federal financing options and challenges. "I am writing… Continue Reading


06.23.11

Durbin Introduces Bill to Protect Medicare Card Holders from Identity Theft

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation to require the federal government to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare identification cards and communications to Medicare beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare program, has fallen behind most other public and private organizations in recognizing the danger of displaying Social Security numbers. The Social Security Number Protection Act ensure… Continue Reading


06.22.11

Durbin Statement on Plan to Begin Drawdown of US Forces in Afghanistan

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement tonight, after President Obama announced plans to begin the drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan: "The President's announcement that we will withdraw 30,000 of our 100,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer is a step towards the end of this long war." "We invaded Afghanistan to end al Qaeda and with the killing of Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, we have accomplish… Continue Reading


06.22.11

Durbin Statement on Agreement that Will Allow FRA to Obligate $133 Million in Funds for Englewood Flyover

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released a statement after Norfolk Southern (NS), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Amtrak reached an development agreement will bring Federal Railroad Administration one step closer to obligating $133 million in funding for the Englewood Flyover. This agreement will move the project forward and help prevent any future attempts by House Republicans to rescind this funding that was appropriated through the Recovery Act.… Continue Reading

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